Monthly Archives: May 2014

Calling Penalties In Blowout Games

Every so often a coach asks me a question about officiating perspectives while I’m off the field and how they come into play during particular situations. Usually the coach and I don’t see eye to eye completely like this exchange:

Coach: “Why did you call that legal hit unnecessary roughness in our last game?”
Me: “I judged the hit to be unnecessary.”
Coach: “What was unnecessary about it?”
Me: “Your player didn’t need to hit him, so it was unnecessary.”
Coach: “But it was a legal hit!”
Me: “Agreed, everything about the hit was legal from a contact standpoint, but we didn’t have a legal hit all game and the legal hit you’re talking about in the 4th quarter was ridiculously huge. I called unnecessary roughness because players on each team didn’t permit me to give them the benefit of the doubt.”
Coach: “Refs keep taking good hitting out of the game.”
Me: “I don’t get to make the rules coach. All I get to do is enjoy them! [Smile]”

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Adjusting After Being Told You’re Wrong

I never considered myself a rules guy until other officials started asking me rules questions. Many of the questions I was asked made me dig into the rulebook even further, which helped enhance my knowledge of the rulebook. I did not become knowledgable on lacrosse rules by just studying the rulebook though. I learned a painful lesson early on in my career that it pays dividends down the road to accept when I am completely wrong on a rule.

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