5 questions with Phil Condict | TheUnion.com

5 questions with Phil Condict

Phil Condict of Grass Valley has been calling middle school basketball games throughout western Nevada County for nearly 15 years.

After taking to the floor at St. Patrick’s Hall in Grass Valley Thursday night, calling a game between Grass Valley Charter School and Ready Springs School with fellow official Rich Ramirez, Condict took five questions from Sports Editor Brian Hamilton.

Q. How did you get started officiating middle school basketball?

A. “My daughter played and one of the parents was really upset with the referees and said ‘You know as much as she does. Why don’t you referee?’ So I asked what it took to become referee and the (head official) said ‘Get a rule book, a uniform and a whistle and I’ll see you next Tuesday night, right here.'”

Q. What do you like best about officiating?

A. “The kids. I just really love working with the kids. I coach out there as well as referee. That’s why I like to do the small schools, because when they start the season some of players don’t know how to dribble. I enjoy teaching them the game, as well as refereeing them.”

Q. What do you like least about officiating?

A. “The kids that know everything. The kids that when you try to help say ‘Yeah, right’ or some smart-aleck remark.”

Q. What about the coaches?

A. “I don’t like the coaches who think this is pro ball, going for the win no matter what, when it’s all for the kids.”

Q. But there are good coaches out there?

A. “Yes. I like the coaches who don’t still have a full press on when they’re 20 points ahead. I like the ones, who no matter what the score is, even if it’s a two-point spread, they still play all their kids. Because, at this age, that’s what it’s about.”

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