Ref penalty calls


  • Ref Watch: England dodged a high penalty count bullet
  • Chris Simms slams NFL ref for Cassius Marsh penalty controversy
  • Penalties and Signals
  • Ref Calls Penalty on Tampa at Panthers/Canadiens
  • NFL referee appears to make contact with Bears player to justify taunting penalty
  • 16 Unwritten Rules Of Officiating
  • Ref Watch: England dodged a high penalty count bullet

    Photo Credit: Dale Garvey 1. There are times you will be focused on action in your coverage area but something on the farthest edge of your peripheral vision will draw your attention. My gut says it was a foul. Better safe than sorry. Gut feeling is a valuable officiating tool. Many times your instincts will guide you in the right direction. But your eyes trump all. See what you call and call only what you see. That player can often be the one causing problems for you and others.

    Or tell the captain that he or she will no longer be serving as the leader for his or her team for that game because of his or her actions. There are few officials who want to be on the field or court for a really long game.

    However, there are some games that are just going to be longer than others. That football game that features two teams that throw the ball on every down and have porous defenses can result in a shootout that legitimately takes every bit of three hours to finish. What is not acceptable is for officials to be the cause of a game going long. Do everything possible to make a dead ball live again or to get the clock running as soon as possible.

    It does mean being efficient with recording substitutions or enforcing penalties, hustling to your next position and getting the next play started or the next pitch thrown. While an official should strive to keep the game moving, there are times when you need to it slow down.

    A baseball or softball catcher works extremely hard during a game and that hard work generally keeps you from getting hit. So when you see him or her get hit and in pain but not enough to bring out the certified athletic trainer , take some extra time — dust off a clean plate or walk the ball out to the pitcher.

    Buy that catcher a few minutes and, in turn, he or she will probably appreciate it and work even harder for you the rest of the game. The same thing can sometimes apply to other sports when tensions get high. Take a moment to put the ball in play and use that time to give a friendly reminder as opposed to a premature penalty. When you feel the situation has had a moment to calm down, blow the whistle and get the game moving.

    Communication, including listening to perceived grievances, is part of game management. But assistant coaches, players and other bench personnel should not be given the same patience or privilege.

    Unsportsmanlike talk and actions by those individuals need to be addressed right away. If warranted, you can give head coaches a chance to take care of other game participants.

    There has to be some form of hierarchy of tolerance. And head coaches are at the top. Use preventive officiating whenever you can and tolerate a bit more from them. Work with them until their behavior becomes a distraction.

    There will be times — probably in every game — when you get questioned on a decision you made or a penalty you called. How you respond to that question should be determined in part by how you are asked.

    Think about the ranting, raving head coach. In a tight moment, both coaches question a call. It is as simple as that. Taking the time to acknowledge the concern or clarify a ruling is time well-spent. Police will tell you that suspects who lower or turn their heads when providing alibis are withholding information. It is difficult to obfuscate when you are looking someone right in the eye. Whether you are introducing yourself to the coach before the game or answering his or her question during the course of play, communication should be done face to face and straight on.

    Even if you are delivering bad news, you will have more credibility and gain more respect by looking the coach in the eye. Understand that advice applies only when the ball is dead, such as during a timeout or other intermission. If you need to communicate with the coach during play, keep your eyes on the action and wait for action to cease. An official takes on the task of applying mainly descriptive rules to fluid situations, but there are times in games when that official may not be immediately certain what action to take after observing a play or an incident.

    Rulebooks will spell out the intent and guiding principles of the rules and the better officials figure out how to apply them equitably, in context. But there are times when an official faces doubt at the moment he or she is expected to make a call or no-call.

    Does it appear that a player sustained a possible concussion even though he or she does not have a loss of consciousness after a play? If there is any doubt, it is best to take that player out of the game to get checked.

    Should a baseball or softball umpire call a borderline pitch a ball or strike? It is expected that the umpire follow through by calling that pitch a strike. A basketball referee may have doubt when two players collide and go flying to the floor. Block or charge? Rule one or the other. In any event, do not try to run away from the play or shrug your shoulders. Officials will never be percent sure of what they see percent of the time.

    In those gray-area moments when a call is necessary, do what is expected and make the call or ruling with a clear conscience. Ding, ding. And much of what they have to say, whether it is a valid point or not, does not need a response. Often the only time you need to respond to a statement is when you are delivering a warning or a penalty for one that crosses the line.

    What deserves a respectful response when time permits is a legitimate question. Officials can save themselves a lot of headaches and heartburn by answering only what is asked. That most often relates to a coach asking a question about a play called by a crewmember. Whatever you do, make sure you are supportive of your partner. Sometimes a coach or player may ask you about a rule or situation that you are not sure about.

    Instead, seek assistance from a partner or find out the answer after the game and get back to the coach. Then vow to study the rules more, so that you can answer that question that might come up in the future. Sure, ejections and mistakes are a big deal. When your game has a situation, such as an ejection or a rule controversy, the best thing you can do is to get the next pitch thrown or the next play started. Once game action resumes, players, coaches and fans will typically worry about that action and forget about the situation that caused the problem in the first place.

    Managing the game by making sure your presence is felt even more after ejections for fighting, for example, is a good way to prevent future problems. Because coverage areas sometimes overlap, there are going to be situations in which more than one official has a call.

    If you are in the role of ultimate decision-maker, which way do you go? To begin, the officials involved must express certainty. If either indicates doubt, go with the other crewmember. There is a difference between calls and opinions. If neither backs down, consider the angle or proximity to the play. Was one official significantly closer than the other? Was one straightlined? Position and distance are key considerations. With two out, a player whose double seemingly drove in the winning run was called out for missing first base.

    The run was nullified, the inning ended and that team wound up losing the title. The coach argued, but within the bounds of sportsmanship, asking the umpire if he was certain.

    But if it needs to be called, sell it and be prepared to back it up with confidence. The more unusual the situation, the more sure you must be. Back off. It will be an uncomfortable situation for many, but the better officials know when to stay out of the way and call only what needs to be called.

    Making a call or ruling can be very straightforward and easy. At some point the game will need you and when it does, be ready. In the meantime, back off. Generally, players are not award-winning actors. And as you go down from the professional level, to college, to high school and eventually to sub-varsity, the acting skills are dramatically worse. One of the toughest calls to get right in baseball or softball is the high-and-tight pitch that may have hit the bat or the hand first.

    Read the reaction of the player and use that to provide you the additional information to make a correct call. In most any sport, there are games that are decided early on, sometimes in the first quarter or early innings.

    Thoughts of home, work, meetings or your next game can easily grab your attention instead of the game in front of you. Focus on the game and use it as an opportunity to improve. A blowout situation offers officials the perfect time to work on certain mechanics or habits or to experiment.

    Continue to hustle even though you may have the urge to loaf. Apply personal pride, vanity or your competitive streak.

    Chris Simms slams NFL ref for Cassius Marsh penalty controversy

    Then things went haywire. The Steelers eventually won, , after a yard field goal attempt by Cairo Santos fell well short of the goalposts. In a game where 17 penalties were enforced, it was the one on Cassius Marsh that drew the most ire from viewers at home. It was pretty obvious. Cassius Marsh was called for a taunting penalty on what would have been 4th-and Steelers had their punting unit on the field.

    Nevertheless, Marsh played the victim after the game. Perhaps Marsh thought he had been penalized for his sick little spin kick , which was so sweet. While Marsh was wrong in that instance, he was certainly right when discussing this hip-check delivered by Corrente, when Corrente was in the midst of throwing the penalty flag for taunting: Tony Corrente leaned into the contact and then held his flag toss like a walk off three pointer.

    What a joke pic. That is the question. People can see. We can do that. So I just think that was incredibly inappropriate. On the penalty in question, Bears O-lineman James Daniels was flagged for delivering a low block on T. Watt outside the tackle box. There were two problems with this call. For one, the meeting between Daniels and Watt did not occur outside the tackle box. Daniels missed his block.

    But Corrente threw his flag, which took a Justin Fields touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham off the board and pushed Chicago back from the 1-yard line to the yard line. Despite the fact that no foul occurred, Corrente confidently threw that penalty flag. Much later, after the game ended, he remained just as sure of himself. For clarification, the pool reporter asked: Does contact need to actually happen for a penalty to have occurred?

    From my perspective and in my position, yes. One was a case of a player stomping toward the wrong sideline to send a message. The other was a case of a referee inventing contact in an imaginary location, a decision which disrupted and diminished the on-field athletic feats of the people playing the game. As long as the people are tuned in — no matter the reason — the NFL will be happy.

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    Penalties and Signals

    If warranted, you can give head coaches a chance to take care of other game participants. There has to be some form of hierarchy of tolerance.

    Ref Calls Penalty on Tampa at Panthers/Canadiens

    And head coaches are at the top. Use preventive officiating whenever you can and tolerate a bit more from them. Work with them until their behavior becomes a distraction. There will be times — probably in every game — when you get questioned on a decision you made or a penalty you called.

    How you respond to that question should be determined in part by how you are asked. Think about the ranting, raving head coach. In a tight moment, both coaches question a call.

    It is as simple as that. Taking the time to acknowledge the concern or clarify a ruling is time well-spent. Police will tell you that suspects who lower or turn their heads when providing alibis are withholding information.

    It is difficult to obfuscate when you are looking someone right in the eye. Whether you are introducing yourself to the coach before the game or answering his or her question during the course of play, communication should be done face to face and straight on. Even if you are delivering bad news, you will have more credibility and gain more respect by looking the coach in the eye.

    Understand that advice applies only when the ball is dead, such as during a timeout or other intermission. If you need to communicate with the coach during play, keep your eyes on the action and wait for action to cease.

    NFL referee appears to make contact with Bears player to justify taunting penalty

    An official takes on the task of applying mainly descriptive rules to fluid situations, but there are times in games when that official may not be immediately certain what action to take after observing a play or an incident.

    Rulebooks will spell out the intent and guiding principles of the rules and the better officials figure out how to apply them equitably, in context. But there are times when an official faces doubt at the moment he or she is expected to make a call or no-call. Does it appear that a player sustained a possible concussion even though he or she does not have a loss of consciousness after a play?

    If there is any doubt, it is best to take that player out of the game to get checked. Should a baseball or softball umpire call a borderline pitch a ball or strike? It is expected that the umpire follow through by calling that pitch a strike.

    16 Unwritten Rules Of Officiating

    A basketball referee may have doubt when two players collide and go flying to the floor. Block or charge? Rule one or the other. In any event, do not try to run away from the play or shrug your shoulders. Officials will never be percent sure of what they see percent of the time. In those gray-area moments when a call is necessary, do what is expected and make the call or ruling with a clear conscience.

    Ding, ding. And much of what they have to say, whether it is a valid point or not, does not need a response. Often the only time you need to respond to a statement is when you are delivering a warning or a penalty for one that crosses the line.

    What deserves a respectful response when time permits is a legitimate question. Officials can save themselves a lot of headaches and heartburn by answering only what is asked. That most often relates to a coach asking a question about a play called by a crewmember. Whatever you do, make sure you are supportive of your partner.

    Sometimes a coach or player may ask you about a rule or situation that you are not sure about. Instead, seek assistance from a partner or find out the answer after the game and get back to the coach. Then vow to study the rules more, so that you can answer that question that might come up in the future. Sure, ejections and mistakes are a big deal. When your game has a situation, such as an ejection or a rule controversy, the best thing you can do is to get the next pitch thrown or the next play started.

    Once game action resumes, players, coaches and fans will typically worry about that action and forget about the situation that caused the problem in the first place. Managing the game by making sure your presence is felt even more after ejections for fighting, for example, is a good way to prevent future problems. Because coverage areas sometimes overlap, there are going to be situations in which more than one official has a call. If you are in the role of ultimate decision-maker, which way do you go?

    To begin, the officials involved must express certainty. If either indicates doubt, go with the other crewmember. There is a difference between calls and opinions. If neither backs down, consider the angle or proximity to the play.

    Was one official significantly closer than the other? People can see. We can do that. So I just think that was incredibly inappropriate. On the penalty in question, Bears O-lineman James Daniels was flagged for delivering a low block on T. Watt outside the tackle box. There were two problems with this call. For one, the meeting between Daniels and Watt did not occur outside the tackle box. Daniels missed his block.

    But Corrente threw his flag, which took a Justin Fields touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham off the board and pushed Chicago back from the 1-yard line to the yard line. Despite the fact that no foul occurred, Corrente confidently threw that penalty flag. Much later, after the game ended, he remained just as sure of himself. For clarification, the pool reporter asked: Does contact need to actually happen for a penalty to have occurred? From my perspective and in my position, yes.

    One was a case of a player stomping toward the wrong sideline to send a message.


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