Was the defender moving? Was he stationary? Was he leaning? Replays may not always reveal a correct answer.
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I've watched all sorts of games (NBA and many other sports) with friends and family who were equally passionate about the same team, and still had arguments over calls made/missed.
Talking about the NBA specifically (and the play that caused this thread), lots of charge/block fouls are tough to call in slow motion replay, seen from multiple angles, let alone in real-time. It would be hard to come to a consensus over certain calls, as to whether they are right or wrong.
The way quality is improved/assured is by having strong supervision and evaluation, so that you are constantly reminded and being made aware of the questionable decisions you make, so that when faced with the same situation, you have not just your own perspective, but others to rely on as well when making a similar choice. And there needs to be real consequences. In non-pro reffing you get downgraded, and thus likely get to ref lower levels (which generally also pay less) and/or less games.
When you want to become a ref, there's really no "training" they can put you through. You learn the rules (and take written tests on them), and then you're thrown right into the water and you either sink or swim. You hopefully have a knack for it, and you try to improve by a combination of being self-aware of the calls you make, and being very receptive to input from your supervisors/evaluators as to what you can improve upon (ie. what calls you regularly miss, whether you're being too meddlesome, whether you have any bad habits like ball-watching instead of watching the action, etc).
I regularly see calls made in the NBA that if I made them when I reffed, I would be stuck in the lower ranks for a looong time. There just doesn't seem to be any real accountability or consequences to poor officiating.
You guys have spent so much time thinking about training refs you could have made that website by now.
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But it's still more important to have multiple perspectives and some kind of people at the top who can hold others accountable. A guy who makes a play once and rewatches it could easily justify his own call. That other to evaluate him is critical, as you need to force them to question their calls. A guy can rewatch plays 1000 times without ever changing his stance if he doesn't have someone to challenge him.
Refs that reach a certain threshold of percent correct calls could get pay bonus.
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this thread lit a fire under my ass to find the guy
Ed Malloy #14, I hate that guy and cringe whenever I see him, even when he is refereeing other games
he is horrible and dammit he calls us for everything while letting shit slide on the other end
all I ask is consistenty. if your going to call everything call it that way for both teams
Add mark ayotte Michael smith and Eric Lewis to the list. Shame on you all. Would love to hear league explanation for offensive call on Lowry during loss at Sacramento.
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