Oct 8, 2015
Survey: Do you allow athletes to argue with referees?

In September, Winning Hoops asked readers whether they had a problem with their players arguing or talking back to referees. Here are the results along with a few of the comments.

• I believe it should be the coach; However more and more I see where a kid knows the rules better than the official and the only way I can control my players is to sit them until they no longer have anything to say.

It doesn’t matter what the situation is. It’s not the player’s responsibility to argue with the referee. Leave that to the coaches. You may not agree with some of the calls being made. But if the refs are making the calls consistently, on both teams, then it sets the tone for how the whistle is going to blow. And it becomes a challenge that players and coaches have to overcome. As coaches, this is what we teach. How to overcome challenges. It’s more than Xs and Os. I understand the players frustration. But their job is to keep their heads in the game. Coach can deal with the refs.

• Never acceptable. High school kids need to understand that arguing with a ref or anyone for that matter is destructive — one destructive result is that it takes them out of the “Present” and it is living/playing in each moment for the entire game is very often the difference in winning or losing.

It sets a tone or establishes a reputation for your program that will come back to get your team in future games. Let the coaches coach, let the players play, and let the refs ref.

Survey: Do you allow athletes to argue with referees?

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In September, Winning Hoops asked readers whether they had a problem with their players arguing or talking back to referees. Here are the results along with a few of the comments.

• I believe it should be the coach; However more and more I see where a kid knows the rules better than the official and the only way I can control my players is to sit them until they no longer have anything to say.

• It doesn’t matter what the situation is. It’s not the player’s responsibility to argue with the referee. Leave that to the coaches. You may not agree with some of the calls being made. But if the refs are making the calls consistently, on both teams, then it sets the tone for how the whistle is going to blow. And it becomes a challenge that players and coaches have to overcome. As coaches, this is what we teach. How to overcome challenges. It’s more than Xs and Os. I understand the players frustration. But their job is to keep their heads in the game. Coach can deal with the refs.

• Never acceptable. High school kids need to understand that arguing with a ref or anyone for that matter is destructive — one destructive result is that it takes them out of the “Present” and it is living/playing in each moment for the entire game is very often the difference in winning or losing.

• It sets a tone or establishes a reputation for your program that will come back to get your team in future games. Let the coaches coach, let the players play, and let the refs ref.






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