You’re Not the Referee (or a Linesman)
As a hockey spectator, this is always the case. You never have the same vantage point as the referee or linesmen. You are never on the ice, in the midst of the play, with the noise, ice, sweat and chaos around you. Think about that as you’re busy shouting “Call it both ways, ref!” and “That was interference!” (And guess what, the ref probably can’t hear you anyway, but you may very well be driving your fellow fans crazy with all your yelling.)
Read on for how to respectfully handle sports officials, even when you’re sure they’ve just blown a call.
Handling the Officials
Officials are an essential part of a hockey game. They are there to keep track of the actions on the ice and provide fairness to both teams. Officials vary in age and experience. During a game, it is not uncommon for a player to disagree with a decision a referee makes or a penalty they don’t call. As a player or parent, there is nothing that can be done in one game to alter an official’s call.
Players and parents should view officials and the calls they make (both good and bad) as part of the game. Too much attention to an official’s call simply lessens the value of learning and skills development.
Key Points for Parents
- An official’s perspective on the ice is different from yours in the stands. They are able to see things you can’t and won’t be able to see things you can.
- There are bad calls made at every level of hockey. Referees are human and thus make mistakes.
- Everything you react to affects you child. Reacting to a bad call distracts your child and takes away from the fun of the sport.
- Coaches and parents should be role models for respecting the officials.
Key Points for Players
- Although you may disagree with an official’s call during the game, there is little you can do about it except let it distract you from playing well. Never slam your stick on the ice or yell at a referee.
- Only the team captain or the coach can discuss a call with a referee.
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Kelly Kordes Anton with the Grow the Game Initiative for this story.
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