Ontario's Amato DeLuca was assigned to assess the Gold Medal Pan Am Men's game.
DeLuca has honoured by the assignment.
"This was an excellent experience these are rare opportunity for a lot of people," DeLuca said. "I was glad I took part in these games as this was my second time at the Pan Am games. Back in 2003 I was there as a referee this time as an assessor."
He gave a behind the scenes glimpse into what goes on for an assessor at major events like this.
"The days at the games are pretty busy days. Morning training with the referees, then on match day you have the game and after that is done back at the hotel to cut clips and prepare for the debrief for the next day," DeLuca said. "Next day training with the referees then debrief with the whole group of referees. After that is done work on the written part of the assessment until you're done so you can do it all over again the next day."
Is all the extra work worth it?
"All worth it as you get to work with several people from different countries, with whom you can share opinions and perhaps learn different ways of doing what you do and form friendships that last forever."
DeLuca, third from the left, is pictured with match commissioner Jesus Pereira (Cuba), AR1 Frank Anderson (USA), referee Oscar Reyna (Guatemala), 4th official Javier Santos (Puerto Rico), AR2 Jairo Moralez (Puerto Rico) and CONCACAF administrator Victor Hugo Estrada (El Salvador.)
Tag(s): Match Official News