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Question Number: 7657


RE: Youth competitive Under 14

Donald Miller of Brampton, Ontario Canada asks...

Mr. referee. I am looking for some advise or information. I will be participating in the Schwan's US cup in Minnesota next month. Any advise on the # of games per day to take on. I am overweight but do keep up in games and will try to get better prior to this tournament. I am a new level 3 ref. Will it get extremely hot in Minnesota? Will I need a day off? They run 3 time slots to choose from each day. Morning/afternoon/and evening. Any advise would be appreciated and any law differences my US colleagues interpret would be helpful.

Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

Hi Donald. I don't know what a level 3 referee is in Canada, but I assume it's enrty level,comparable to a Grade 9 or 8 here in the US. I would imagine the weather in Minnesota's similar to Canada. Here in Georgia, you'd expect to die due to heat and humidity regardless if fitness. Personally, I'd take just a few games and take the evening timeslot. If this is a select level tournament, expect to run a lot even as an AR. If you haven't been centering and select level games, this may not be the place to start. What I do around here is get a team of 3-4 of us and take a field for the entire day. We bring tons of fluids and food and rotate centers. If you're overweight, don't try to do too much. Work on running over the next few weeks to add to your fitness. Don'y just run distance. I'd have you run 50-100 meter windsprints a few days per week. Another good training method is called the farklet (don't ask where the name comes from). In this, you set out for a 15-20 minute run. You run easy but every 2-3 minutes, take off for a minute or so at a good clip. Repeat that 4-5 times. And, I'd do a 12 minute run at an easy pace twice a week. If this doesn't fatigue you, increase it to 15-18 minutes. Again, don't overdo it. Listen to your body and take in plenty of fluids.

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