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07-15-2014, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by fryer98 View Post
I have to agree with Pacifist here. If someone is continuing to cross the line or crosses it badly once, I think someone needs to self police them. Most refs don't want to deal with it, just want to get the game done and out of there. Even if they do something, a penalty or suspension means nothing to me if someone 2 hands me across the back, goes for a cross check to my face, full speed blind side elbows me in the head, etc. (All things that have happened, by the way.) I'm not going to "tell the ref", I'm going to show the player how I feel about it.
I don't think teams need designated goons though. If Jon, Sarah, and Aaron all get run by player x on the other team, you shouldn't have one guy named Mark who will take care of it. Having Mark on the team is probably what got Jon, Sarah, and Aaron all run in the first place.

When one player on a team is taking cheap shots, not only do people feel animosity towards that person, they feel it toward the entire other team.

Now if someone blatantly takes a shot at me, I'm going to protect myself, but that doesn't mean it makes sense to have one person to do all the "protecting". It actually makes most situations worse.

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