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All Sports Commissioner: Miscellaneous Sports

The All Sports Commissioner of the Known Universe cannot simply focus on the big money sports of the United States. The last four words of my title imply that I must have a broader perspective; therefore, I will now turn my attention to some of the most glaring problems of other sports. The following regulations will take effect immediately on all levels of competition:

Volleyball

  • All position rules will be abolished. Six players on each side have three hits to get the ball over the net. That’s it. No forced rotations, front line, back line, players who can’t attack, etc. No other sport forces players into a certain position or role simply by rotation them through. Now volleyball doesn’t either.

Soccer

  • All professional and international games will have TWO field referees and two linesmen. How dumb is it to think that one referee can possibly be in good position to make every call when chasing the best athletes in the world around a 120 yard field?

Golf

  • A golfer’s shot routine should reflect his skill level. Any golfer who repeatedly takes more time to line up shots, read putts, examine the ball’s lie, check the wind, envision the shot, take practice swings, or plan shots than their skill level will forfeit all expectations for silence and stillness from playing partners. They may walk, talk, swing, and take shots while the slow golfer is playing provided they have warned him using the phrase “You’re not as good as you think you are” or “This isn’t the PGA, Tiger.”

Recreation League Sports

  • Any team that does not show up for a scheduled game without notifying the league or opposing team will not be permitted to play in that league for the next two seasons. All members of the roster will be banned.

Youth Sports Spectators

  • Any adult who continues to yell at an official, coach, or opposing fan after an official warning will be required to attend umpire/referee classes and obtain their official certification before attending another ball game on any level.
  • Any adult who yells at or publicly insults a minor on an opposing team will be banned from all sporting events for life. This ban may be appealed; however, all appeals to overturn this ruling must be accompanied by a donation to the offended child’s college fund.

Flagrant Fouls (All Sports)

  • Any player, on any level, who commits a flagrant, illegal act that injures another player will be suspended from play until the injured player is medically cleared to play.

I’d like to hear your ideas to make sports better. Please leave your ideas in the comments section below.

Refocus

contact lensDuring a round of golf over the Christmas break, I noticed that my vision was blurry and my eyes were dry. So I started thinking about the last time I put in a new pair of disposable contact lenses. Let’s see…the President was speaking that day and I remember laughing about something he said while I was searching for the new lenses…I think we can all agree that Bush was hilarious! So it’s been a while since I swapped my lenses out. I’m not a cheapskate, I just don’t think about changing them until I start to notice they are getting old.

I had an extra pair in my backpack so I put in new contacts after nine holes. The difference was amazing! Trees had individual leaves! The grass was made of individual blades! The chips I had been eating were actually a bag of mulch! I wasn’t playing golf, I was playing tennis!

The funny thing is that I didn’t notice all the detail I was missing when my vision was bad, I just assumed that I was seeing everything correctly.

January is a great time to refocus and God has been placing many lessons in front of me to help me realize that I need to clearly see Him and my purpose this year. Sermons, books, conversations, and even personal failures have been directing me to re-evaluate my focus. With all of that tumbling through my mind I stumbled across a YouVersion note I typed over two years ago. It simply said:

Genesis 6:18, 22
Noah obeyed God completely for two reasons:
1. His relationship with God
2. His family’s well-being

Since I didn’t remember typing the note, I certainly didn’t remember what the two verses said so I looked them up.

In Genesis 6:18 God told Noah “But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.”

We see Noah’s response in verse 22 “Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.”

And there’s where my focus should be. That’s what I want 2014 to be about—correctly focusing on my relationship with God and the well-being of my family leading to complete obedience.