Marsha Wetzel - Her Point Of View
QUESTION: Do you like officiating at the college level better than the high school level?
ANSWER: Yes, definitely I like officiating the college level better because of the speed of the game and high level of intensity and skills. I love the officiating challenges at the college level. I feel that the college level meets my level of officiating skills with rich experience.
QUESTION: Are there any referees that you look to as role models?
ANSWER: Don Nester of Indianapolis,Indiana and Dee Kantner of NCAA Division I referee, WNBAs' Officials Development Coordinator and former NBA referee are my role models.
QUESTION: What does your family think of you being a referee?
ANSWER: My deaf parents and grandma are very supportive of my refereeing career. They have been to my officiating games as the world's greatest fans.
QUESTION: What do you do when you are not officiating and have spare time?
ANSWER: I usually work out to stay fit when I am not officiating and enjoy watching NFL and college basketball games to observe the officials' performance and pretend that I am there to officiate these TV games. I also enjoy weightlifting, photography, cycling and traveling.
QUESTION: Who would you say has had the most influence in your career as a referee?
ANSWER: I think my deaf parents, grandma and friends have been great supporters with encouragement to make me continue pursuing my officiating career even though I have faced some discrimination and barriers as a deaf referee.
QUESTION: Do you ever feel like refereeing is stressful enough that you have thought about giving it up?
ANSWER: Not at all. I love refereeing so much and want more games. Sometimes I feel frustrated for not getting enough games, as I should.
QUESTION: Have you ever thought about quitting?
ANSWER: I have thought about quitting when I experienced frequent discriminatory in my 16-year officiating career such as the reduction of games or a lack of the sign language interpreting service to meet my communication needs for the pre-game and halftime conferences and at camps and meetings.
QUESTION: If you were given the choice to referee in any game you wanted to, what would it be?
ANSWER: It would be a big dream to be given this choice. I would definitely want to be given an opportunity to officiate a WNBA and Final Four game!!!!!!
Follow the links for more!
Marsha Wetzel - What's To Come
Marsha Wetzel - Marsha Wetzel First Deaf Female Referee NCAA Division I - The Beginning
Marsha Wetzel - On The Job
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