After watching the La Salle – Ateneo game during the Filoil tournament, the dreaded monster of horrible officiating once again reared its ugly head.
Let me begin by saying that Ateneo deserved the win. Their 3 point shooting was impeccable and their end game composure gave them the win. DLSU on the other hand did not take advantage of the mismatches and allowed Ateneo to crack its defense.
With that out of the way, let me go back to the officiating. Yesterday’s game saw a bunch of referees who would be better off as plumbers than referees. The bad officiating did not favour either team. It could be a lack of training, a shortage of good referees or just plainly being unqualified.
Referees need to be in control of the game. They can allow a physical game but not a “go signal” for the players to play rough. They are responsible for the safety of the players and should take this responsibility seriously.
The low quality of officiating is not just limited to collegiate sports. Even in the PBA, it has been a source of numerous complaints by both the coaches and players. The NBA has not escaped this perception either. In Game 4 of the Finals. The officiating was greatly criticized as being inept. (I am not at a fan of either the Cav or the Dubs. I am a lifelong Celtic diehard).
Locally, officiating has gotten so bad that refs have been accused of determining the outcome or spread of games for gambling syndicates. Whether this is true or not has never been proven but you cannot blame the general public for this perception because of the ineptness of the officiating.
It has been said that officiating is a thankless job. Then again, nobody put a gun to their head and forced them to be referees.
With a new UAAP season coming up, officiating will once again be a hot topic. What referee association will host FEU pick for Season 80? In the past, regardless of what association has been chosen., nothing has really changed.
There are 3 basic problems with officiating. The first and biggest one is consistency. It has become very obvious that many times, a foul in one play is not a foul in another. If the refs will call a tight game, then let them call it tight all throughout the game and equally for both teams. This has hardly been the case and it has brought a lot of complaints from players and coaches. Then the refs call a “warning for complaining about a call” at best or a technical foul at the worst. However, who can coaches turn to for them to air their complaints? They have to protect their players.
The second is concentration. There are 3 referees on the court yet they seem to miss out on the most basic of calls. Many times, their calls even contradict each other. Then they have to go to the scorer’s table and iron things out. Many times this delay causes a team to lose momentum especially in a rally being mounted. Are their minds in the game or somewhere else?
The 3rd is the lack of published sanctions against erring referees. We hardly hear about referees being suspended or reprimanded for bad officiating. These sanctions should be swift and hard as bad officiating steals from the players and fans what would be a good game.
It would need a concerted effort by all parties to demand a higher level of officiating. The players are laying it all on the line. The referees seem to be laying in a state of oblivion.
The low level of quality of officiating has been going on for too long. IT SHOULD STOP. Don’t allow referees to steal from teams and fans the beauty of the game.