Student association makes calls for various sports in college, high school, junior high

Officials’ president talks about her experience

By Rosanna Aguilera
On April 13, 2017

Photo by Keeli Ebben
A student official makes a call during a softball game.

The President of the Angelo State Officials Association talked about the ropes of the program and how it has helped her officiate.

Valerie Villalva said the members of association serve for the Intramural Department as officials.

"We have clinics before each sports season to prepare each individual for the officiating experience," Villalva said.

During the season, they have meetings and evaluations improve their skills and answer any questions people have.

Villalva said they do it to promote better officiating for the intramural program.

"It is also used to encourage, develop, support and provide opportunities for individuals to develop," Villalva said.

Villalva talked about how the program has helped herself as well as others.

"It is awesome to see members who strive to become better and then go on to compete at the regional and national levels," Villalva said.

Afterwards, getting to see them do so well at a higher level is great to see.

However, Villalva said a lowlight of the association would have to be dealing with "unruly participants."

"Being part of this association has taught me a lot of life lessons and has gotten me out of my comfort zone," Villalva said.

Villalva said she used to be quiet and timid, but after getting involved with the Officials Association, she is more confident and assertive.

"I am better at managing people and diffusing intense situations," Villalva said.

Villalva said she actually stepped out of her comfort zone and began to officiate junior high and high school volleyball this past year.

"I felt prepared and seemed to catch on quickly from my experience," Villalva said.

Villalva said that the organization is for people who are interested in officiating.

"Because of the nature of the association, it’s for those who are interested in officiating and becoming better," Villalva said.

Villalva said OA will get members the opportunities at being an official.

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