Challenges

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  1. AllSportsCalgary

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    I think they are doing challenges wrong. If a coach challenges a play, then every aspect of that play should be open for and subject to examination. Even when there were two, and possibly three available to each team. Specifically, two examples come to mind - the Saskatchewan game where Jones challenged the catch (replay showed clearly it wasn't) and won, the DD then challenged immediately the exact same play for PI (again replay showed that clearly it was) and won. The first challenge should have been enough for the ref's to make the call "the challenge is upheld, the pass was incomplete, upon further review a call of pass interference was found on the play by number so and so, yada yada yada".

    Then last night the PI call where Maas lost his mind at the end of the first half - as soon as that challenge was launched, the ref's should have the option of calling something else on the play - I think replay showed that offensive PI was actually a more likely call there than defensive PI, and if there was going to be a change in call, that would have been it.
     
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    Like it, ASC!

    Has the potential of being sort of a "Double-edged Sword", as in "hey, coach, be careful what you wish for..." ;)


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    In some ways, I am probably a poor person to comment on officiating. I refereed rugby for about 20 years. I have ref'ed in Canada, the US, Cook Islands, Australia - ranging from high school to World Master Games competitions. So I have greater than usual sympathy and understanding of how hard officiating sport is. Try refing alone, or at most with two assistants, a game with 30 combatants and almost continuous action. In rugby, if a coach pulled what Maas did in the game yesterday, at ANY LEVEL, the game would be stopped, he would be escorted not just from the field, but off of the grounds, and would it not proceed until he was gone. Then there would be a formal hearing, with further possible sanctions to be decided. I have had coaches removed from youth games I have officiated, not because of complaints at my calls, but because of verbal abuse to opposition on field players. In terms of my officiating, I have stopped games and told coaches they had three options - shut up, leave or get out their whistle and take over the officiating the game. I have stopped games and informed parents that they need to stop yelling at players - in general, rugby insists on some decorum from people that are with in "the enclosure".

    So the level of yapping at officials that occurs in all North American pro sports is always startling to me, and the outright abuse of officials in amateur sports in appalling, especially when it is directed at kids and youth that are doing you and your family a favour by officiating a game so your kids can play.

    So I think if they are going to interrupt the flow of the game, to check for something that is other than an egregious miss (like the PI call in the Winnipeg/Sask game - which as I said, I am sure looked like the right call from the ref's trailing position), then that check should take in all factors of the action in that area of the play.
     
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    The temper tantrum exhibited by Maas is inexcusable at any level, much less from the bench leader at a professional sports level.

    Passion for the game is certainly commendable.

    But transitioning from there into the sheer idiotic behavioural display put on by Jason Maas deserves sanction.

    I hope the league will act.

    But having watched their operations at the league level as I have for the past 50 years, I have my doubts.


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