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03-16-2005, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Douggy
After reading this thread and the other officiating thread, I have to say the USA has some VERY inconsistant rules, or atleast they way they are being described seems inconsistant.
I wouldn't call the USA Hockey rulebook inconsistent. I would call the way the rules are applied as inconsistent. True, there will be inconsistencies whenever the human factor is applied. However, the problem I have is the discussions about whether the leagues or the associations overturn game misconducts that are assessed.

That being said, however, I do agree that USA officials seem to have a lot more discretion on assessing penalties. For example, I believe that any check from behind is a major + game misconduct in Canada, but we have more options. I could give somebody a minor, minor plus misconduct, major, major + game, or a match penalty.

Sometimes, more options create more confusion, (or what are perceived as inconsistencies), especially when there are different rulebooks involved.

When I officiate a game between a Canadian team and an American team, I almost always have to go over the differences in Canadian and American rules with the Canadian coach before a game begins. Not a big deal, it just gets a little redundant at times.


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