In a recent USA Today article, Jim Haney, executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) said: “There’s probably no more intense time of the season than right now. We’re talking about a time period where there’s a lot of pressure. Competitive juices are always higher. It’s a tougher time. Teams have been playing for three and a half months. They’re tired. Coaches are tired. Officials are tired.”
I have heard the argument a dozen times about referees taking on too many games, and that we shouldn’t work back-to-back days. I have heard all the reasons for this argument, and I don’t buy into the philosophy at all. HOWEVER, I do agree with Haney – it’s March and everyone is tired.
Many “part-time” referees have been officiating three to four games per week every single week since mid October, and now it is March – five months later! That’s a lot of games. This year, I wanted to understand the mileage logged in a game so I have been wearing my Jawbone Up. This season, I am tracking somewhere around three to five miles per game for three to four games per week, which should translate to somewhere between 10 to 20 miles per week.
In addition to those miles, I also try to lift weights and add additional cardio work to my week in order to stay in great shape. But hey, it’s March and some days I am just too tired for an extra workout! So how do I stay motivated through the final weeks of the season? How do I keep from feeling tired?
This year, I have been committed to be in the best shape I have been in in years because I am calling more games than in years past. I am also officiating bigger games than in the past, and I want to be fresh, healthy, and up for the challenge. So five months later, how am I keeping the workouts fresh and exciting? I have gotten out of my comfort zone this year because of the amount of travel I do, and it has been awesome and invigorating.
In addition to those boring hotel room treadmill runs, I have challenged a few of my girlfriends to begin training for a 100-mile bike ride, and I have been joining my friend Kara at random classes like Soul Cycle and Barre.
This week, I am keeping it fresh by trying a boot camp, and not just any bootcamp – Barry’s boot camp, yikes!
I would love to hear about your workout strategy for the duration of the season, especially in this FINAL STRETCH (BTW, don’t forget to stretch).
Hey Rich –
Thanks so much for your responses. You worked alot of basketball games for sure!!! The older I get the more important nutrition becomes to all of us. You make such a good point. It is also important to limit (or eliminate) the alcohol intake. Our bodies just don’t accept that torture the way it did when we were 25.
Have a great few weeks off before you launch into AAU again. I hope you have a great summmer!
Great Post Refwriter. This is one of the hardest things to do for any sports official. Keeping the body in shape and trying to eat properly can be a daunting task. It takes will and self discipline to stay on top of our game when it comes to fitness levels. In my opinion, the hardest part I would say for the majority is off-season training. You mentioned a good point that by March we are all tired which is true. If we work hard in the off-season to prepare ourselves for camps and our season, the season we can dial it down a notch because of the demands we face night in and night out. But hey, when it comes to working out, just like you, you have to do something that you enjoy doing or mix it up with something new & fresh…
Thanks for commenting on this post. I’m glad it’s not just me that struggles with this, ha.
I don’t get anywhere near the high level of competition that you work, but I did work 121 games of high school and AAU basketball since the beginning of November. Was I tired two weeks ago when my season ended? Absolutely. Would I change anything about this past season? Sure…maybe nutrition deserves a closer look but so does getting a solid seven hours of sleep a night. I’m happy for your success. Let us know what games that you might working on TV for the tournament. Rich