Originally Posted by ugaar
IF this is the PSP and IS the premiere league of the world, the word GENERALLY shouldn't be a word that describes how rules & regulations are enforced. Lacks legitimacy and even playing fields. Just saying
It's a context-based enforcement. Let's address both touching and pre-game shooting in practice to clarify why refs may choose not to enforce these two rules to the dot. To avoid nitpicking we'll assume that each situation occurs in such a way that makes intentions obvious.
Touching - should a player get a penalty if they...
1. Pound fists, tap elbows, high five, or engage in any other friendly gesture with a player on the other team after trading out in a run through?
2. Restrain a teammate that's very upset?
3. Catch somebody that's about to fall over on the sideline?
4. Jump the snake in a run-through and accidentally come into harmless contact with the snake player?
5. Run too fast and accidentally bump into someone else?
Shooting before the start of a point - should a player get a penalty if they...
1. Shoot toward the sideline when getting chronoed by a ref?
2. Shoot toward the other team's side when getting chronoed by a ref?
3. Shoot one ball through a lane to check their aim at 10 seconds?
4. Shoot cross field to spot check velocity/barrel cleanliness?
5. Shoot toward the sideline net to check their gun if refs are standing in front of the box?
6. Shoot toward an area that is clearly not occupied by players or refs?
In these situations, the rulebook may state that a penalty should be assessed, but in practice, it wouldn't be so clear cut for a referee. Personally, I wouldn't call the penalty unless it caused harm to the other team, gave the player in question a competitive advantage, or otherwise influenced the game. The only time I would absolutely pull the penalty for shooting the spectator net is if a player intentionally aimed at a spectator, such as retaliation for countercoaching or cat calls, or if a spectator got hit in the eyes with spray. Shooting the corner of the field or at foot height is harmless.
The easiest way to understand why a ref wouldn't pull a penalty is to ask yourself how you would feel on both sides of the argument. Everyone throws a hissy fit when a penalty is not assessed for a gray area situation. Everyone throws a bigger hissy fit when they're the team that gets the penalty for it. Everyone wants consistency from the refs, but nobody wants the nitpicking penalty when they do it themselves. As a referee you need to remember that you are not at PSP events to **** the players, you're there to promote safe and fair gameplay. Pulling bull**** penalties for harmless actions is petty.