Gus Busters Wanted
Quincy’s Exchange Club is looking for Gusbusters for their Memorial Day weekend Gus Macker 3 on 3 basketball tournament.
If you’ve ever thought about getting into officiating, this is a good way to get a sense of what it’s like. From 1996 through 1998, I worked the Quincy Macker as a Gusbuster. I was on adult courts most of the time, but I did get called over to work some late tournament high school level games when organizers wanted a second Buster at a given court. Downpours in 1996 excepted, I enjoyed every minute of it—even a rhubarb with a really good team and a good bunch of guys from Havana one year. Disagreements are part of it and I was right. Smart aleck and often uninformed commentary from the spectators is part of it too, but I chose early on to be amused by spectator comments.
By the end of the ’96 Macker, I had decided that if I wasn’t heavily involved in radio and play by play, officiating would be a fun thing to do as a second job. The experience also re-enforced my belief that officials get it right based on what they see and that what they see on the court and what we see from the stands may be very different things.
The Quincy Exchange Club is paying Gusbusters 25 dollars for Saturday and 25 dollars for Sunday with an additional 25 dollar bonus for working both days.
Contact Kevin Curran at 217-223-1063 for more information.