Being a young official makes it hard to form working bonds with coaches because nearly all of them are older than me and I do not have the same life experiences to relate to. Fortunately a few years ago there was a high school coach closer to my age, and we had a good give and take whenever I officiated one of his team's games. I thought our ages made the coach/official relationship better, but that was not the case. This coach made a comment that stuck with me. He said: "Gordon, I don't always agree with your calls but you always hustle and you don't take plays off.