Author Archives: Peter

About Peter

Peter Papp is an enthusiastic supporter of open-minded referees, international basketball referee (FIBA) and NLP Master Practitioner. Peter is the founder of RefereeMindset.com.

A Sound Mind in a Healthy Body

I did a huge trip officiating games last week. I traveled 6000 kilometers (around 3750 miles) and refereed 6 games. There was a game almost every day in different cities, and I’ve spent long hours in cars, airplanes, and airports. The tour included an 8-hour train trip from Moscow to...

How To Get Back In The Game

I get some really nice feedback on the site. Thank you very much for all of you who take the time writing about anything, getting in contact with me. One thing stands out from these comments. Referees generally get the most out of the articles here to get (back) in...

How Not To Make a Mistake in the Last Moment

If you follow this blog, you might have already noticed an important flaw in the title. Yes, you are right, it’s negative. It calibrates your mind to make that mistake. It lights up pictures and sounds in your mind that tells you exactly what you don’t want. Fail in the...

How To Give Feedback

As referees, you always have to give feedback to the team. I also encourage others to give feedback to me. It doesn’t matter how old or experienced the person is, I ask the question: “how was my game?” It’s partly because I’m curious about how others see what I do. It...

The Referee Fails to Call… – A Post on Failure

How many times have you read this? “Referee failed to call penalty for the home team”, “Referee fails to disqualify”, referee fails to do this and that. The difficulty in officiating is that if you do a good job, nobody cares. If you fail, the sky falls on you immediately,...

Emotionless Referee – How To Avoid Most Mistakes

Howard Webb, the English top referee refused to give a red card to a player from Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of the semi final in the Champions Leage. “He was not a referee at that moment, he was a human being”, Jose Mourinho from Real Madrid said, “I...

The Self-Reinforcing Nature of Mistakes

Do you know what’s worse than making a mistake? It is to make another one right after the first one. And in my experience, you are more likely to make a mistake after you made one, and even when you think your colleague did something wrong. How is it possible?...

Deal With It During The Game – Lesson Learned

This is a personal story. I told you that I would write about my failures. I find it invaluable for two reasons. Ad one; I write out all the stress and negative feelings. Ad two; maybe we all can learn something from it. Feel free to leave comments. I’m always curious...