How responsible are refs for controlling games?
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11-21-2013, 12:06 PM
Join Date: May 2013
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It's a double edged sword in my opinion,
From what you are describing, it's very possible, that if more was called, that would have curtailed it, on the other spectrum, it's possible that it wouldn't.
I've seen it fall both ways.
As far as "controlling" the game, to me, that is ALWAYS up to the players, the players decide if they want to hook, slash, whack, etc, is it up to the official to call that, YES, absolutely.
Do you want them to call every penalty, no, of course not, so there is a fine line there.
I had a play last night, where I called a penalty, but absolutely saw the team's point of view, the guy was following a guy full speed, angled into the boards, the guy pulled up quickly and the guy nailed him, completely accidental, and I called it, his reasoning was, how could he know, what else could he have done, my response, probably nothing, but it was a RECKLESS play, and those are called. In adult rec league, there is absolutely no reason on earth, to be going 80 in a 30, INTO the boards, all sorts of nasty things can happen, toe pick yourself, get tripped, forget to stop, etc, all leads to injuries, in this case, the guy that he was chasing stopped up short and turned INTO him, if he had turned the other way, hit from behind, into the boards, 2-3 feet away,
Like I said though, it's a fine line, and it's up to the players to control themselves.
Thanks for replying ref! It's good to see the other side of things. I know I'm only telling our side, but I know our team and our guys and they just don't play like that unless bad things are happening. Our first fight was by a guy who said he was constantly getting elbowed and cross checked, maybe 5 or 6 times before he did anything.
It looks like one of our players is getting 30 days for "intent to injure." It was a sad sad game.
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