Kings of the squared circles

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By Bobby Vinluan

Sports Psychology

Thursday, January 16, 2014

THROUGHOUT sports rules, all references made to a player, coach, official, among others be it male or female, must be understood this is done for practical reasons. Every sport and every game played has its own rules, aside from the inner benefits it provides to individuals, health and fitness.

In the sporting realm, referees are the kings of the squared circles, because they are vested with the power to make decisions on infractions of the rules of the game committed and make decisions on any point not specifically covered by the rules of the game, however, they must also decide within the limits of their duties but has no authority to disregard or question the decisions made by other officials.

In other words’, referees are tasked to control each game they are assigned to officiate. Their decisions are final and irrefutable and cannot be contested and disregarded, they should stand firm of their decisions because this is how a game is controled.


Although they have the power to control the game, game officials sometimes are battered with questions and defying acts such as complaints, gestures, etc. to the extent of having a brawl with players or coaches or the opposing players. In such circumstances, it is obvious the game is not controled.

Thus, game officials and referees in particular, in making their decisions over violations committed by a player or team in any instance should have regard to and weigh the fundamental principles that abide by the rules of the game.

They have the responsibility to uphold the spirit and intent of the rules as well as the integrity of the game. They should have the consistency in the application of rules which does not give a player responsible of a violation at an advantage nor placing his opponent on a disadvantage.

Officiating is using your common sense, in every game situation; referees must base their decisions in accordance with the concept of “advantage/disadvantage” bearing in mind the abilities of players concerned, their attitude and conduct during a game. Another important thing for game officials is to have a “feeling” of what participants are trying to do and calling or blowing their whistles for what is right for the game.

Given the power to control every game, game officials should also be consistent in the maintenance and balance between game control and game flow, by being consistent and maintaining equal judgment to the opposing teams and not being biased, and having control over their emotions, then they can run a game as kings of the squared circles.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 16.


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