Written by Greg Evers - June 2022
By the time we arrived at Cedar City, it was time to check-in, quickly setup our gear in our room and then make our room to the stadium where all of the onfield work for the camp would be performed. As part of checking in to the clinic, we were give some pretty nice "gear", including a clinic coin that I'm sure I'll be using for some of my future game. Due to people arriving for the camp at different times throughout the day and night, the onfield scrimmages on the first night were provided as a way of "getting rid of the cobwebs". We were randomly assigned to crews and assigned to different locations around the main stadium, to officiate the various scrimmages. This was a great opportunity to work with people that would be in a different crew for the duration of the clinic and a great way of "hitting the ground running". It was good to be able to get on the field and get a feel for what will be expected for the rest of the camp.
The following day, we started off with classroom sessions covering an introduction to the clinic and information about the rotational policy for the clinic in regards to which field the crews would be assigned to. With the clinic being held at the Southern University of Utah (SUU) campus, we were privileged to have the current Head Coach of SUU DeLane Fitzgerald welcome us to the SUU campus and to our clinic. He spoke about his history of coaching and how he's been able to successfully rebuild programs as the schools that he's coached at. It was fascinating to hear from Coach Fitzgerald, particularly around how he approaches and deals with officials, and after listening to him speak, it's easy to see why he's so highly regarded at the schools that he's previously coached at.