Division 1 College Basketball Official, Tek Officials Referee Apparel Creator.
Mike already knew, at an early age, that keeping the integrity of the game, was important: An official was and is integral in any type of game. In this pod, we discuss his come up, how mentors have helped him get to the top level of the college basketball ranks, how he helps others after him, and his new line, Tek Officials, built for the modern referee. All that and more, my conversation with Michael Kitts Jr., now.
“The more referee knowledge we share, the better everybody would be.”
– Michael Kitts Jr.
3:00: What was your relationship with sports growing up?
4:15: When did your father start officiating (Michael Kitts)?
5:21: What was your relationship with refs and officials growing up?
6:30: How did your father approach you to putting you on to officiating?7:42: What made you start taking officiating serious?
9:30: What was your journey to becoming a Division 1 Official? What is your advice?
11:35: Discuss the steps of going from High School to Junior College; Division 2 to Division 1.
13:00: Discuss your mentors, and how have they shaped the way you treat people now?
15:35: What’s your mindset during camp season?
17:35: What’s your plans for the rest of the summer?
20:15: What was the need, in terms of uniforms for officials?
20:35: What is the product called that you developed?
22:43: What do you think it took to get to where you are as a basketball official?
24:43: What’s it going to take to where you want to go, and where do you want to go?
26:39: What is the stickiest situation you’ve had in officiating?
28:58: What’s your best moment in officiating basketball?
30:16: Finals thoughts before we part ways!
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Until Next Time.