Next week, I will be traveling to San Diego, California to work the San Diego Surf College Cup tournament. As I excited as I am to be going, I can’t help but be a little nervous about the upcoming event, also. Experience has taught me that when it comes to prestigious events like Dallas Cup, Disney, Surf Cup, or even the youth regional tournaments there will very often be obstacles that a referee will need to overcome to give his or her best performance. In my opinion, one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome is working with different or referees who have skills and tendencies that are unfamiliar. When it comes to working with different or unfamiliar referees, I have had some good experiences and I have had some bad experiences. What I believe sets the good experiences apart from the bad is the level of detail that a referee devotes to the pre-game instructions he gives his assistant referees. With that being said, I am trying to develop pre-game instructions that are not only detailed but concise. For a moment, let us pretend that I am your assistant referee for a game. What instructions would you give me?