Vinluan: Hardy boys

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By Bobby Vinluan

Sports Psychology

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AMID all the controversy in the sporting world, several theories have been floated to explain the worsening sport scenarios in the different fields.

Talk about officiating, and sports analysts would say the game uptick and athletic skill is too much for the crew of officials to handle, or there are too many inexperienced people in the field etc., the question is do they officiate by the book?

It stands to reason, however, every official should in this context have due diligence and strict rule- heeding because as game officials, they should live with certain restrictions not imposed on most people in a free society, but for sports officials to follow.


For one thing, sports officials either on or off the game should have integrity, decision making is a crucial factor to generally control a game, lest they betray the slightest implication of favouritism. They can be like product caressing models on ads or shows, familiar but utterly unknown.

They must be invisible during games, because the focus of the audience is supposedly with the players and coaches, not to the calls make during game situations. That is, game officials must not be flashy to get attention and they should be smart.

Being “smart” is not just getting the technical part of their job right but beyond, because game officials are expected to be above reproach in their rectitude, fitness and fairness; and that every time they wear their uniforms, they are obliged to be impartial and as accurate as possible.

It’s not an easy job, being sports officials, they are vulnerable to game controversies, and are susceptible to speculations, misperceptions, and ridicule of the watchful eye of the audience, sometimes even their co-officials, team players and coaches.

The worsening of officiating is a matter of perception, it may be because some officials talk about a good game when in fact guess calls is the cause of an uncontrolled game, or some may be thrilled with the idea that while people are complaining on calls, will put the focus on them like celebrities.

A more experienced sports official would say they should have done these mistakes precisely following the rule literally rather than using common sense to defuse a confusing situation. Thus sports officials in this context of officiating should have control of the game, know the impact of their calls to enable them to manage the game because you’ll never know when “knee-jerker’s” would trash the men in uniform, if officiating will be more worse today than ever.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 17, 2014.


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