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Anyone know how to get the answers to the ref test for USA Inline this year. I don't feel like looking through that queer book for the 2nd year in a row.
06-06-2002, 05:00 PM
Sure, go to your local run-down roller rink and ask them for it. That's where you usually find refs who cheat the test and don't bother to learn the rules because "All I Needed To Know I Learned Watching The NHL Playoffs."
06-06-2002, 05:19 PM
06-07-2002, 10:05 AM
Concidering that it is an OPEN BOOK test, it isnt cheating. To try it, simply go to www.usahockey.com, click Inline, then select Officials Only.
06-07-2002, 02:31 PM
The questions on the test are meant to challenge your knowledge of the rules. Open book simply means that you can reference the manual if you are stuck. But it still requires you to actually thumb around and read it to find what you're looking for.
Getting a copy of the answers is a lazy way around the process of researching answers and examining rule changes from year to year, and is why we often have morons parading around as legitimate officials, trying to make a quick weekend buck. I absolutely HATE it when I show up to do some big tournament or regional and find I'm paired up with some ignoramus who has no concept of the intricacies of the rules. It makes ME look bad because I'm forced to cover his a** when I'm often not in a position to do so.
Some of us actually take pride in our officiating, and coaches and players appreciate it. Also, this is in no way a direct bash against Falcons77 or 845, but towards those who think officiating can be taken lightly. Why don't you ask the kids if they take playing lightly?
06-07-2002, 03:03 PM
You are the man! (woman?)
I couldn't have said it better myself, nor any of the quality officials I am surrounded by (yourself included).
Believe me, I know how unmotivated I can be myself in doing that test every year (especially since we both can recite those rules and questions in our sleep). But the true key to being a quality Official is knowing how much more you have to learn-and learning it.
Pick up the darn rulebook and look up those answers! Then go ref with a pro-style game with a house ref who wears his baseball hat and ripped up hockey pants. Then come back and tell us what you've learned and how bad you wanna kill your ref partner when he calls too many men cause they changed lines and a player inadvertently got hit with the puck. Then on the power play, the other team wins because you didn't get that answer right on the test. Or rather, your partner never took the test, and has never picked up the rule book, no less taken it to the john with him!
(ok SD, our secrets are revealed)
06-08-2002, 01:29 PM
Here is a good strategy for doing well the first time you try to take the USAHIL open book test, or just improving your basic knowledge of the rules:
1. Get rulebook.
2. Place in bathroom.
3. Remove other reading material from bathroom.
4. Everytime you have an "extended stay" in said bathroom, read said rulebook.
I found this works very well for me, as you'd be surprised the interesting things one can learn in about 5 to 10 minute increments daily. :)
And, btw, as a college student who frequently takes tests, let me tell you how completely pathetic it is to cheat on an open book test where the questions are pretty much straight out of the book reading. If we were being tested on calculus (I wouldn't recommend cheating off of me if we were) or something, maybe I'd understand, but it's about as simple as it gets.
06-10-2002, 10:33 AM
I agree, reffing needs to be serious. I sometimes am pair with bad partners and it makes me look bad (I dont blame it all on them, thats not right). The problem is that alot of times we see refs who are "power hungry" and do and say things to players that would be a penalty if the players said the same words to the refs. This is not only an inline problem, but an ice one as well. And Rebecca is right, you can simply "look good" and you will get the respect.
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