A Lacrosse & Field Hockey Official Father, a Basketball Referee Son,
and sharing a bond that brings them even closer than close.
Respected officials, respectively.
Ralph the Ref sits down with two other Ref’s named Ralph, that share the love of the craft – officiating. The Father, a gifted communicator in Lax and Field hockey, and son, a basketball official with a jump shot that will never make me play The game again. They discuss their relationship with the games they officiate, the relationship they have with each other, and how they keep it all in the family. All that and more, my conversation with the Crespo’s, now.
SHOW NOTES: Ralph Jr. & Ralph Sr.
3:45: Senior – What sports did you play growing up?
4:50: Junior – What sports did you play growing up?
5:35: Senior – How did you get into officiating?
7:00: Junior – How did you get into officiating?
7:50: Junior – How did officiating conflict with you playing as a kid?
8:30: Junior – Would you consider officiating another sport?
9:10: Senior – Would you consider officiating another sport?
10:00: Junior – How did watching your father shape the way you officiate the way you thought of officiating at a young official
11:20: Did your father push you to officiate?
12:40: Senior – What’s it like being the father of two officials?
13:18: Senior – Would you ever consider officiating Basketball?
14:40: Is basketball the toughest sport to officiate?
15:06: Junior – what was your journey in officiating basketball?
16:45: Junior – What was your experience in the catholic league and where do you see yourself in the future in NYC?
20:50: Senior – What is your experience officiating your first game?
22:20: Senior – What are the attributes that got you to where you are?
24:00: Junior – What are the attributes to get to where you are?
26:00 – Junior and Senior – What’s the conversation that you would give a new official after a rough experience?
30:00: Junior – Describe your mentors that helped you along the way.
30:25: Junior – What’s it like being young and officiating?
32:10: Senior – Describe your mentors that helped you along the way.
34:15: Junior – What’s it going to take to get to where you want to go where do you want to go?
35:55: Senior – What’s it going to take to get to where you want to go where do you want to go?
36:23: Senior – Describe your stickiest situation in officiating?
38:15: Junior – Describe your stickiest situation in officiating?
40:18: Junior – What is your best moment in officiating?
41:10: Senior – What is your best moment t in officiating?
41:46: Junior – What does Baldwin, NY mean to you?
43:40: Ralph’s new podcast – The Stoop Kids!
44:33: Final words before we part ways.
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect
and joy in each other’s life.” – Richard Bach
Post Script: Be sure to check out Ralphy’s new podcast, The Stoop Kids, which is over 10 episodes deep! Great listen for those that love music, movies, and comics. Listen here, and on all major streaming platforms.