Grid athletes move fast as hell and calling the shots for their movement standards has to be intense. Check out this episode of Behind the Grid for a taste of what it’s like to be a whistle blowin’ NPGL ref.
What’s it’s like to be a National Pro Grid League referee? Challenging but fun.
And you certainly need to be someone who can perform under pressure. A lot is on the line when two NPGL teams are racing head-to-head, giving it everything they’ve got. Coaches can get animated, crowds get loud.
“It’s a high-pressure situation so you’ve got to be able to stay calm and focus on the task at hand,” said NPGL Deputy Chief Referee Kim Sherwood.
The professional referees have to make sure each team is performing the same amount of work, doing the same movements and meeting the same standards.
“It is rewarding because by being impartial, we are making sure that the team that really deserves to win, wins,” Sherwood said.
Go to GRID TV and check out the full Episode 16 of Behind The GRID, a look at the lives, personalities and preparations of the NPGL — including amateur GRID.
You can watch all previous and future episodes on GRID TV here: http://gridtv.npgl.com/
Learn more about GRID, the teams and the athletes at NPGL.com. Learn more about the GRID Invitational at www.gridinvitational.com.
GRID is the world’s first professional spectator sport with two co-ed teams racing head-to-head in a two-hour match. It incorporates speed, skill and strategy in a test of endurance through a variety of weightlifting and body-weight elements. Each two-hour match features two 14-person teams (7 women, 7 men, one of each being over 40 years old) going head-to-head in 11 races. GRID has eight NPGL teams: Los Angeles Reign, New York Rhinos, Boston Iron, DC Brawlers, Phoenix Rise, Miami Surge, San Francisco Fire and Baltimore Anthem. Visit NPGL.com for more information, and follow Grid — NPGL on Facebook, @TheGridLeague on Twitter and @GridLeague on Instagram.
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