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How Refs Hurt The Game Of Basketball

In basketball like most sports the most powerful person or persons on the court isn’t the players it is the officials. The referees have the ability to shape and mold a game to their liking. The can control the game in many ways through how they call the fouls are they strict, loose, or both. Do they call technical fouls. Do they call the rules of the game according to the rule book or use it more as a guideline.

The best referees in the country allow the game to be played on the court and not through the whistle. The coaches, players and fans should know how the game is going to be called for the entirety of the game in the first 5 minutes and it shouldn’t change no matter the circumstance.

The best refs in my opinion allow for an aggressive game but call it consistently   They shouldn’t mess with the flow with a bunch of whistles and allow the game to be played out by the players . The rule book should be followed but not literal. Basketball should be called situationally.

The biggest problem that refs have in calling games is consistency. The game should be called the same from the first seconds to the last. Every player should get the same calls or non calls  Every team should get the same calls on both sides of the court. But usually in the closing seconds the game is officiated in a different capacity. I have the philosophy in the closing seconds that the game should be a little more relaxed and there should be no bailouts.

People just want the correct call made but what is the correct call?  One of the biggest examples during this year’s march madness was the Ohio

With 1:15 remaining in the Ohio State Iowa State game with Iowa State holding a one-point lead, Iowa Stateguard Will Clyburn drove to the basket, made contact with two Ohio State defenders and laid the ball off the glass for a tough basket. If the basket had counted Iowa State would have been on the free throw line with a chance to go up four. The officials believed Craft had set himself in a outside the restricted area before Clyburn released the ball. His heel was just above the line under the basket.

This is where the rule gets fuzzy. Yes, we all know that to take a charge the defender must be set. Also the body of the defender can not impede the restricted area. Was Craft set if his heel was hovering over the line, probably not. Was he outside the restricted are, probably not. At game speed did it look like a charge, yes. Did I like the call, yes. Would I still hope that the refs would make the call, I probably would have liked a no call since Clyburn made the shot.

During March refs become the most hated profession in the United States even Obama’s approval rating goes up just because he isn’t a referee. All people want is for the refs to be consistant the entire game and to not slow down the action on the court.


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