New officials are terrible. This is not news, and I am not writing this to discourage new officials currently working games or any individuals just starting off in stripes. I can tell you that new officials aren’t good because I was a terrible official starting off. I made mistake after mistake in every area of officiating: mechanics, positioning, rules knowledge, judgment, game management, and consistency. I made up for this with a willingness to learn and add to my meager officiating skill set.