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Training a constant part of WCC officials' game

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Ever wonder what goes into officiating games at the Division I level?  It's a lot more than showing up at the arena, officiating the game, and going home.  There is a mountain of prep work involved and a very thorough review process after each game.  This weekend, men's basketball officials from the Big West, Pac-12, and West Coast Conferences are getting together in Los Angeles for their annual training seminar.

The two-day clinic includes play reviews and points-of-emphasis discussion as they strive to ensure consistency from officiating crew to officiating crew.

Last season, as a part of our web series "The Road to Las Vegas," WCCsports.com cameras were given all-access passes to the clinic.  Here's what we saw...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z7d84d-mF0&hd=1

It is a goal of the three conferences to have the most well-prepared officiating crews in all of NCAA Division I basketball.
  Seems like we're well on our way.

Have a question or comment, or a future blog idea?
  Please feel free to contact me any time.

Jeff Tourial
WCC Assistant Commissioner
@JeffTourial

WCC Fall Teams Get PINK!

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I must say, one of the coolest things about working for the West Coast Conference is being able to highlight all the AWESOME things our student-athletes and coaches do to engage with their communities.  It doesn't matter if it's hosting REPRESENT events every year or serving in soup kitchens every month.  Our teams are always involved.

This year, starting in October, the WCC will be doing something it hasn't done before.  As a conference, all our women's volleyball, women's soccer and even men's soccer teams are going to team up to get PINK during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Each team will do something special on campus to help get the word out about ways to fight against the disease.  And as a bonus, teams will be giving out unique, co-branded PINK giveaways to fans that show up!

So, if you are planning to get out to some WCC matches next month, I encourage you to support your teams in more than just their play on the court or field.  Come support their efforts to get PINK and battle a disease that has affected millions of lives around the world.  Below is a full PINK schedule by sport:

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

October 3: Saint Mary's @ San Diego

October 4: BYU @ LMU

October 6: San Francisco @ Portland

October 6: Santa Clara @ Gonzaga

October 18: Saint Mary's @ BYU

October 18: San Diego @ San Francisco

October 20: BYU @ Santa Clara

October 20: San Diego @ Saint Mary's

October 25: LMU @ Pepperdine


WOMEN'S SOCCER

October 7: San Diego @ LMU

October 11: San Francisco @ BYU

October 12: LMU @ Santa Clara

October 12: San Diego @ Saint Mary's

October 13: BYU @ Portland

October 14: Gonzaga @ San Francisco

October 19: LMU @ Pepperdine

October 19: Portland @ San Diego

October 28: Pepperdine @ Gonzaga

 

MEN'S SOCCER

October 7: Portland @ LMU

October 12: Santa Clara @ Portland

October 14: San Diego @ San Francisco

October 14: Santa Clara @ Gonzaga

October 26: Portland @ Santa Clara

October 28: Portland @ Saint Mary's

Day in the Life Blog: Portland MXC

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Written by: Josh Gorecki, Portland Cross Country, Gr.

Monday morning, the alarm goes off at 6.40am. Not your typical waking hour for a college student! I fumble for my phone to purge the noise so my roommate isn't disturbed (he doesn't look as though he's planning to tackle the day's events anytime soon). I grab my kit and banana, which I placed strategically by my bedside table the night before, and embark on the journey to the Chiles Center for a 7am weight session. I say journey, but the center is in fact only a mere 2-minute walk from my dorm. #convenient. I get to the weight room with a few minutes to spare and begin to casually loosen out on a foam roller...which seems to be almost a religion here. The guys wander in one by one, unusually jovial for so early on a Monday morning. We chat casually for a bit, not about anything in particular; although I often find myself nodding along pointlessly while the topic of American football is being chucked about.

Coach Oz greets us bang on time and takes us through a gentle warm-up, which consists of a quick jog, some light stretching and drills...to get the body in the right place before we hit the big stuff. We then split into groups of around 5 and are introduced to the various workout stations, who will act as our "gospel of no mercy" for the morning. Thankfully, the pull-up bars are not included...although I'm sure my time will come. Sets incorporate around 6-8 stations, each lasting around 45-60 seconds with a quick turnover. Common attendees are push-ups, prowlers (big heavy things which need pushing), dumbbell curls, 3-way monsters (a brutal abdominal routine) and lunges. We usually complete around 4-6 sets, and finish off with light stretching and some drills to cool down. You'd be forgiven for thinking breakfast is in order at this point. However! Half the team rushes off to an 8:10 class, while some of the older lads (including myself) go for an easy five-mile run.

Compulsory team practice is later on in the day at 3 pm where the team meets in the Chiles Center before taking a 10-minute bus journey up to Forest Park. For those who don't know what or where forest park is, it is located on the west of down town Portland and consists of 70+ miles of recreational trails. Abundance of rolling hills and intricate pathways make it a long distance running haven. Legend has it that it is a common sight to see Mo Farah and Galen Rupp gliding through the trees, although so far I've only scouted the odd dog walker and some other fellow trails runners!

We park roughly halfway up the hill/mountain (as the part of the park we run on sits on a steep incline) and get straight into it. The team will generally run between 10 and 14 miles at any one practice, the luxury being that however far you want to go, someone will be aiming for the same distance. The perks of having a large squad! The run starts off pretty gentle and without any urgency to push the pace early on (unless Aiden Irish is at the forefront). Some of the pathways are quite narrow, so it bodes well to relax into the run when navigating such a large group of finely tuned young men. I personally find the routes very captivating, as the terrain is always chopping and changing, making you consider and reconsider your body position and cadence. We occasionally get a few fallers, unsuspecting "dudes" who get carried away with joking around instead of watching out for devious roots...but that's just the way the cookie crumbles. The run in this case stays pretty relaxed throughout and with only a slight pick-up in the second half as most guys are keeping a steady eye on the testing workout the following day! The roundtrip is ended with a select few berry pickers trotting along with the bus during the (abysmally slow) traffic to collect some of "nature's candy"...I think I heard it being describes as that. As for me, my mind is firmly fixed on the Common's and any means of navigating a quick and filling meal, so my energy stores can get back in the game.

While sounding extremely testing, on the contrary I find the day's work to bliss by, fueled by enthusiastic teammates and a passionate set of coaches. I couldn't really ask for more.

Your boy Gorecki