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Feature Friday - Cody Huth

What is your year and major? What made you decide to attend The Ohio State University?

I am a junior studying Health Sciences. I always knew I wanted to go to a big school because I wanted a change from the small town I grew up in. I picked Ohio State mainly because of its academic prestige and because Columbus is close enough to home that I can go back and visit my family whenever I want, but it is far enough that I get the opportunity to be independent. 


What are some of your hobbies?

Watching baseball, as well as playing softball and golf.


What sport do you officiate? Is this the only sport in which you have experience as an official?

I officiate flag football and basketball at Ohio State. I also do high school football and occasionally Little League baseball.


What made you want to be involved in Competitive Sports? How did you become involved?

I got an email about becoming a flag football official and it sounded like a fun way to make some money. I saw it just in time and jogged to the RPAC to make it in time for the rules meeting.


What is the greatest challenge you have faced as an official?

The greatest challenge I have faced has been trying to avoid mixing up the rules for flag football, high school football and the leagues I watch on TV.


Tell us about your experience at the Flag Football Nationals tournament and winning All-American.

I was nervous but excited to get to officiate at Nationals. On the first day, we went through a clinic and listened to some people speak. I was trying to soak up as much information as I could to help me for the weekend, but I was anxious to get on the fields. Once games started, I quickly realized how talented the officials were. I was hopeful to work a championship game, but after I saw how good everyone was, I thought I was setting myself up for disappointment if I aimed for anything more than a semifinal game. The first day of the tournament, I had four blowout games that were relatively easy. I thought I did well enough to get by, but not well enough to stand out. On day two, they announced our new crews and I was picked as our crew chief. I was even more nervous the second day than I was on the first because of this. I knew my crew would be relying on me, and I felt as if I had more pressure on me than the day prior. Our crew was very talented and worked together very well. I owe a large part of my success to that crew and how easily we were able to communicate with each other. On day three, not every official was guaranteed a game because the playoffs had started and games were dwindling down. I was announced as the head referee of the first game. I was excited to get to work another game, but extremely nervous because, as the referee, I knew I had the opportunity to advance. I made two silly mistakes during the game that would normally not be a big deal, but I thought they could be costly at this point in the tournament. After the game, I was informed that I would be line judge for an open quarterfinal game. That game went smoothly. After this, there were two semifinal games and a finals game left. I thought my day was done because of the minor incidents as referee that morning. They announced the crews for the open semifinals games and then the men's championship game. My hope diminished with each name that was said. I was the next to last official announced, and was going to be the back judge for the men's championship game. I met my crew and got ready for the game. The game was exciting and fun to work. It went into overtime. After the game, I was finally able to relax because it was out of my hands. There was nothing else I could do, but for the first time all weekend, I began to think I had a chance at All-American. I had to keep reminding myself that there were 16 officials that worked a championship game and only 10 All-American awards. The more I thought about it, there more I felt like I would be one of the ones left out because I was a back judge. As I watched the final game of the tournament, I had accepted that I was not going to get the award, but I was happy that I had exceeded my expectations by getting the championship game. After the game, they started announcing the All-Americans and I was happy for my friends that got picked. When I heard my name, I was in disbelief. I just kept thinking how great it felt to have my hard work be rewarded. I was also thankful to have learned from such great officials at Ohio State.


In addition to the accomplishment of winning All-American, what other goals are you setting out to achieve this new year?

I want to officiate basketball at the national tournament. I also want to find new officials for our department because we are losing a lot of talented officials after graduation this spring.


What advice do you have for those interested in becoming officials?

Do not get discouraged. Just like anything else, it takes practice to get better. Do not get hung up on right call vs. wrong call; that will come with time. Work hard on being in the right position and having good mechanics.


How do you best live a life in motion? What advice would you give to those who might be trying to live a better Life in Motion?

I best live a life in motion by reaching out to others. My friends and I motivate each other and make exercise and activity enjoyable. For those trying to live a better Life in Motion, I would say find something that motivates you. Whether it is a friend, a competition or a picture, use it to stay focused.