The off season is a great time to read the rule book! Take one rule a month and study it, really study it. You will learn 2 things very quickly:
1. How much of the rule you really didn't understand
2. Parts of the rule that you "never" saw before.
Everytime I study the rule book, I am amazed at the little things that come up that I had not thought of before. As a referee, I need to know all the ins and outs of the rule, but I also am aware that each position on my crew is the "expert" on certain rules and mechanics.
Referee -Rules 2 & 9
BJ - Rules 6 & 8
LJ - Rules 3 & 4
LM - Rules 5 & 7
U - Rules 1 and 10
YOU be the expert, know the rules and mechanics better than ANYBODY in the stadium.
One resource that I use a lot is Reddings Study Guide. It's only about $20 and it has about every situation that could occur and great easy to understand explanations. Check it out: http://www.penaltycard.com/brands/The-Redding-Study-Guide.html
There used to be a great software application called Athletic Rules Study that had 1,000 quiz questions over the rules. It kept track of the percentage of right/wrong answers for each question and quizzed you more on what you missed than what you got right. That was a great way to prepare for the season.
That software has been gone for a while now. Has anyone found another similar app anywhere ?
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