Thursday, May 28, 2009

Spring Showcase Video Production

Another point of view from the D.A. Spring Showcase provided by full-time U.S. referee Baldomero Toledo illustrates the necessity and challenges of creating instructional videos for developing referees...

As a full-time FIFA referee, I think it is always important to be present during the development of young referees. On this occasion, U.S. Soccer assigned us to be part of the Development Academy Spring Showcase in Sarasota,Florida from May 21-26. All the participating teams from the academy arrived on Thursday prior to the U.S. Soccer staff, directed by Paul Tamberino. Brian Hall was also present, in charge to assign advisors at different fields to observe all the referees directing every game. At the end of the day we had the opportunity to discuss every game with every crew. The main idea was to identify areas that needed improvement, giving the proper advice so that those training this weekend will become better referees. Full-timers had the opportunity to share our good and bad experiences, so that others may learn and be better prepared for the future.

In my case, I traveled on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, with a special assignment coordinated by U.S. Soccer staff directed by Paul Tamberino, Alfred Kleinaitis and Dick Triche. They planned to produce a video detailing game situations, specifically how to conduct proper restarts off fouls. Wednesday around noon we headed to the fields to begin, but had to postpone because of weather conditions. Saturday morning around noon we tried again with much better weather. We prepared the field and had the opportunity to work with players from the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team, they were our “players” in the game situations we were filming. We began to record and demonstrated all types of fouls and misconducts, along with the appropriate re-start that should happen during the game. That way, we as referees can prevent these type of situations from occurring in real games. I would like to thank the U.S. Soccer Federation staff for giving me the opportunity to be part of such an important project, and I hope I have helped future referees.

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