Friday, December 28, 2012

“what the heck is - Referee Interference?”

We do not know, and that’s why we will make an attempt to try to understand it..

In principle a ref may interfere in two ways, or dimensions, in any game - either with frequency or magnitude.

A ref in either Baseball or also perhaps American Football seem to interfere a lot in terms of frequency (number of rulings per time unit) whereas a ref in Table Tennis does not interfere that very often, beside of spelling the score - since the inbuilt feature of the table itself provide the game with “self-marking” side lines...yes, there are several other things for the Table tennis ref to judge - but our main idea here is to discuss different influences by the ref in a game. You may find your own examples, and probably better than these...

Then, in terms of magnitude (what an impact one single ruling possibly have on the final score) it is probably of a much higher magnitude when a ref rule a penalty in Soccer or as he has the final word on the running clock in either American Football or in Soccer too i.e.  how many more seconds to play or - lets use the Table tennis example again  - well, their ref can almost not really give the players a penalty of the same magnitude as in Soccer or add a few minutes of play  - if not deciding a disqualification or something similar...Hm..

A possibly third form of ref interference must be just how the rules are applied in a specific game - does ref X blow the whistle more often than ref Y and how hard do they rule? But, this is probably the basic dimension folks think about as they hear “referee interference”.

So sports are not just inherently different as they are played - but also how they are ruled! Always keep that in mind as you pick your own sport. - And, then the part of how much a ref interfer is maybe often a forgotten subject as many people think of - or discuss sports?

Why is it like this? Does this relate to different cultures and their belief in authority or the opposite of self-control as the games were invented? Or is this just by coincidence? We do not know but the idea is interesting...

In essence we think it would be better with less referee interference in modern sports. No, not just for the athletes, the spectators, but perhaps also the ability for different sports to attract more young players?
Then we have the betting companies and some odd … na we are not going in that direction... no no no, that is gambling. But, hence is not also possible to see a higher degree of “referee interference” as more of a “gambling” technicality too?

So how do we rate Floorball in the midst of interference from their refs? Maybe it is too high - maybe this is an area for improvement?
We do seriously not know..and that might be our problem...
- but we think some more serious researchers should dwell into the subject of referee interference and try to figure out in “sport comparable terms” what is good and what is less good... But of course, then we have the level of interference within a specific sport too - and who owns the direction we want to move forward in?
Some high hunch top guys and gals should be on top of issues like these, we think, maybe they are - but wonder why we then never read about it in a more proactive way?
Do we know this - or is it in an old fashion way - just up to the refs?

What does referee interference mean from the LTAD perspective? Probably that we have another component to fiddle with to attract youth to our sports? Maybe?

Ideas about referee interference should not come up as some good ol’ ref has done some sort of a mistake - and a journalist writes about one little mistake using his, or her, most “swollen journalism”..

Na, instead we should have a much better understanding of what referee interference really is - and that, oh well, shit happens.

And now you know why you come back to this site - since this time we surprised even ourselves ;-)
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!