Women’s World Cup 2011 – The USA Team Reminds Me Of Great Court Reporters


Watching the Women’s World Cup this summer was in many ways emotional for me because I knew the women who were great enough to play in the Cup have had to be talented, strong, and disciplined. Only a couple of decades ago, women were not allowed to play soccer; and the ones that did were considered “odd,” particularly in many European, Asian, and Middle Eastern Countries – and even the USA and Canada. I remember all too well.

Before each game, when the USA team walked onto the field following the referees, alongside their competition, I watched the demeanor of the players, the way they walked, and the look in their eyes. They were determined to win. As my colleague, firm owner Toni Pulone wrote me, “They are all fabulous players, no doubt, but you have to almost believe that they (USA) keep winning because they will it to happen. They will never give up. That level of spirit and confidence is remarkable and contagious. I should watch a replay of their games every day to keep me going.”

Toni’s description of the players and their spirit and confidence is in many ways the same traits that make up great court reporters. Going to school and building your speed is like learning the basic skills of soccer. Passing a qualifier that allows one to take the state test is like winning your first soccer tournament. Becoming a licensed court reporter is like being a professional soccer player. Then becoming a CRR, CCRR, realtime specialist, merit writer, CVLS is analogous to becoming a professional goal scorer or goalkeeper or defensive midfielder…

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