The officiating in the Rockets vs. Warriors series threatens to define the rivalry 2 Related "This is a case where we would see a total knockdown of the authority of the official, who we actually think did the right thing during the match," said Barry Mano, founder and president of NASO. But regardless, this can't stand for courts to get involved just because someone says they have a video that shows what they want it to show. Postseason games in nearly every major United States-based sports league this year were marred by calls that could be questioned via slow-motion replay.
By Randy Hisner A calm, composed approach can help coaches have meaningful discussions with referees and umpires. Photo: Kevin Hoffman In a perfect world, every coach would have experience as an official.
And, every official would have experience as a coach. By understanding both points of view, they would mitigate many of the confrontations that lead to technical fouls, ejections and other penalties.
But what about the other side of the divide? How can coaches effectively interact and communicate with referees? Here are five suggestions. Improve understanding of officials and officiating. Though coaches may deal with an official who has a chip on their shoulder, appears not to like their job, or may be doing it primarily for the money, the vast majority of officials love their sport and see themselves as stewards of it.
But there are other ways they can cause trouble with their words. Be aware of this bias, and take it into account when you think the other team is benefitting from all the close calls. Officials usually know when they missed a call or had a bad game, and nobody feels worse about it.
Consider this situation with a two-person crew in baseball: Bases loaded. A long line drive to the gap in left-center, and the centerfielder attempts a diving catch.
The base umpire must watch the ball, determining whether the fielder caught it and retained control throughout the momentum of the play. That makes it difficult to fulfill another responsibility, which is watching the runners touch first and second base.
The plate umpire can try to help, but their priority is tag-ups and touches at third base. It may not be possible to see all touches. If a coach or sharp-eyed assistant sees the runner miss first base and makes an appeal, it could be denied.
Every sport has situations where priorities determine what officials should watch and what they should ignore. Likewise, a coach has a better angle than an official on some actions. Now the right shoulder, previously down, comes up half an inch.
The coach on the opposite side can see the change a lot better than the referee.
In baseball and softball, a coach in the dugout has a great angle on a checked swing. Focus on doing your own job. When coaches constantly complain about officiating, they provide excuses for players who fail. Hitters who take a called third strike will roll their eyes at the umpire if their coach has complained about the strike zone.
Instead of taking responsibility for failing to protect the plate, they seek a sympathetic response from their coach. Throwing jackets, slamming clipboards, and other unrestrained reactions are surefire ways to draw a technical.
Everyone notices screaming and yelling, and it may instigate similar reactions from fans. Coaches must control their emotions. Talk to officials discreetly whenever possible. Avoid approaching them on the court or field, and never yell at them from far away. Fans are none the wiser.
Officials appreciate that kind of consideration. Depending on the nature of the sport, it may not always be possible or convenient to wait until dead time.
Watch the language. One is the use of pronouns. Most officials can take negative feedback when the point of discussion is the play, the call or the rule.
Also, coaches who complain that officials have called more infractions against their team than against their opponents are implying bias. One of their most important responsibilities is to set a good example, not only for their athletes but also for the fans.
It was nothing new to him. Dias, who is black, was used to hearing all the racial slurs and insults fans could toss at him.
Nowhere is this more important than in their interactions with officials. If coaches do their best to use civility and respect toward officials, athletes and fans are likely to do the same.
Randy Hisner coaches cross country at Bellmont High School in Decatur, Indiana, and umpires high school and college baseball.
He also has coached high school baseball and middle school track and basketball.