Some complaints have been received about teams not always showing proper respect for referees and the rest of the minor officials, so I wanted to take the time to issue a reminder to all teams: please remember that this is a recreational league where we pride ourselves on providing a fun, competitive environment. We do not pay for officials (outside of the year end tournament) and as such we are able to keep our league costs very reasonable. There should always be respect shown to the referees and minor officials. In turn, refs should also always treat players respectfully.
Complaints have also been raised about teams not always fielding the proper positions for minor officiating. As a reminder, the minor officiating teams should have:
- Top referee – In charge of the overall play.
- Down referee – watching under the net; lower net touches; downed balls on pancakes; and backing up the ref on two hits and carries when they may be blocked by another player, etc.
- Two linesmen – watch for touches on blocks; ball touching the antenna; balls landing in or out.
- Score keeper
Keep in mind that not all of the responsibility lands on the top referee. With all of officiating members making calls together the match should be called fairly and properly. Players can also help out by being honest and call themselves when they’ve touched the net or touched the ball on a block. And if calls get missed, life goes on.
We should all be proud of our league’s competitiveness. A big part of this is mutual respect being shown to all members.