A pregame meeting is an integral part of the week for NFL and college officials. They get together the night before the game or the day of the contest to review film and missives from the league or conference office.
Games can be harrowing experiences for rookie officials, especially if the newcomers are not properly prepared. Officials should try to get better with each game. Maybe the best advice is to simply survive the first game and build on your performances from there.
Following are 13 tips - or rules - for surviving those first-year games, including things you should do before, during and after the assignments. They serve as basic reminders to veterans as well.
Officiating is an integral part of any game - regardless of the sport - and USA Football is offering youth officials around the country a chance to hone their skills in an exciting state-of-the-art format through its Officiating Membership.