For most of us
our uniforms and equipment have been packed away until next
season while others will make the transition from folk style to
free style and Greco. Many miles have been traveled, numerous
nights spent away from home with countless hours spent on the
I'm certain many of you have
stories to tell of situations encountered, brilliant calls made
or not so brilliant calls that shouldn't have been made and even
close personal ties that developed or imploded with our pals in
the corner chairs. Several new rules were introduced this past
season which you hopefully found to be in the best interests of
our sport. I would expect further changes are forthcoming making
our jobs all the more vital in match administration.
I want to congratulate those of
you receiving tournament assignments. That is the ultimate
accolade to your skills and abilities. Those of you who didn't
and aspire to such aspirations, I encourage you to continue your
pursuit through study of the rules and their interpretations,
improving upon mat mechanics, taking more difficult assignments
and talking/working with more experienced officials.
Your individual success need not be judged by whether you
received a tournament assignment. Rather, take to heart that
which John Wooden was quoted to say, "Success
is the peace of mind which is in a direct result of
self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the
best that you are capable of becoming".
Success is something that changes from one person to the other.
Each personís definition of success is different depending on
the situation. I think it is good for you to know your
limitation so you can strive to better yourself. If you set your
expectations too low or too high you are not doing yourself any
good. You, and only you, must be honest with yourself. If you
set them too low you are doomed to succeed but never to be
challenged. If you set them too high you are doomed to fail and
maybe never try again. It is up to you to know your capabilities
and how well you can perform out on that mat, and ultimately go
On a lighter note, and knowing
the need for many of us to re-hydrate following a long, tough
tournament session, I ran across the following story told to
the TV character
and diehard patron:
"Well ya see, Norm, it's
like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the
slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the
slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first.
This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole,
because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps
improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In
much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as
the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we
know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest
and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular
consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making
the brain a faster and more efficient machine! That's why you
always feel smarter after a few beers."
Have a safe and
enjoyable off season.
See you on a mat