Thank you my brother for the kind words. Well I'll put in my 2 cents whether you agree or disagree. I have been refereeing a very long time and have been a part of the GPL family since the beginning either as a player or referee. I will give you my sermon so to speak.
Here is gospel - teams that don't do well always blame the refs. Teams that even do well but don't like their calls , and don't go on to finals blame the refs.
I believe that this event was smooth as hell on Saturday. For those of you who missed the 3 Man and 7 Man prelims - everything was perfect; it wasn't as hot out, no problems with the air lines; games were 20 -30 minutes ahead all day.
Between Sat & Sunday we added the APS field refs, moved 7-Man to NPPL, and nearly completely changed the refs for SAK/Raven.
I think that many of you have very valid points about the refereeing. Do I personally think it was the best I have ever seen? no...Do I think it was horrrible...by no means. I think that we got the best job we could from the men and women who put themselves out there. Brian spent a lot of time at the captain's meetings and things were address regarding certian issues - the pertanant issues - but you can't go over everything - this is why the rules are available on line 24/7 on their website. It is assumed and expected
that teams will go over them before coming to the event.
Here's the link if you need it.
To the player on Twizted - This isn't to sound arrogant - but not knowing the rules doesn't necessarily absolve you from them. To say that you should have been informed; there rules, above again are available. Do I think the refs made a fair call according to the rules? yes. The unfortnateness was that different fields had differerent tolerances for certain actions. Blousing of the jerseys was tolerated on some fields and not on others. This inconsistency I'll take the blame for. I'll discuss with Cyndi and Brian to go over more thourough the expectations for the referees on one or two points, particulalry boundaries, start box procedures, and blousing of jerseys. The inconsistency comes in part however from the conglomerate of referee squads from all over the NY/NJ/PA/DE regions. - not to say that the complaint was trivial - but bringing to the attention on PB Nation is kind of childish - you FORGOT to mention YOU MADE THE FINALS and the call only resulted in your elimination. Bringing it to my attention and having it corrected at the event was ABSOLUTLEY the right thing to do. To cry about it on this forum (no offense) only makes you look bad - and you guys are decent guys and deserved your spot in the finals.
To the multitude of people who complained about the referee on the cell phone - thank you. Thank you for bringing it up to me immediately on that field. Rest assured that person won't be back. That is unexcusable.
I think that sometimes the refs loose sight of my cardinal rule - I ref teams the way I would want to be refereed. Don't bust my balls all day on trivial matters - I know the difference between knelt paint and a hit, rub and a hit - incidental contact and a hit. I heard more screaming about "get himn the hell out referee - he's playing on!! from people breaking paint and seeing spray from the corners off bunkers, of the ground; off the bungies" Teams still leving the field swearing they shot some guy and he must have played on....with my own two eyes...THERE PAINT WAS NO WHERE CLOSE. I could see that from outside the net, and the refs could see it inside the net. You try to be fair and impartial. And sometimes it gets hard. I personally have been around for so long I know so many teams and so many faces - I had to make tough calls yesterday, between teams, that off field are my friends - but on field it should always be "Player" or "Sir", not "hey Joe nice game" - congratulations from people you know is always nice but Refs need to remember to do it off field.
Did I see bad calls yesterday. Yes. However it is impossible for one person to be in 4 places at one time. People can say what they want about me personally or a referee believe what you want to believe. Would the have run smoother if Russ was there yesterday - hell no. Russ and I have been good friends for a very long time. Russ is a HELL of a referee. I think that Cyndi, Brian and myself did the very best we could to compensate for Russ' absence and I think we did a good job.
Yesterday's slowness was combination of a few factors:
(1) Who knew the air lines were going to go to crapper first thing in the a.m. I only knew there was the problem because I could hear the chaos over the radio. Despite this fact, teams got off to about a 20 minute late start. God bless you Brian for waking up Johnny at NPS and buying new airstations first thing in the a.m.
(2) Heat - I can't tell you how slothful about a handful of teams were. I took over calling teams 3, 4 and sometimes 5 games deep - and STILL teams would be late the fields. This is not all teams - like a said only a handful, but that was enough to slow down the man fields a few minutes here...a few minutes there.
(3) I saw more "DRAWS" yesterday than I think in my entire referee career. I know Cyndi and Brian make the schedule with an assumption that games will "really" take about 3-4 minutes - when every 4th or 5th games goes to time or near time, it greatly slows game progress.
I am not blaming anyone...hell if it makes you feel better about yourself - blame me. Mr. Big E you suck. Cool. I said it fo you. Here it is...and like it or not. This is paintball. It is an imperfect sport. People take sometimes a more harldine approach to the rules - I like to say that I live by the "spirit" of the rules. The referees can't be perfect. It just isn't possible - but that can aspire to be so. No one is perfect - there is always room for improvement.
Give Cyndi and Brian a day or so to recoup - I know they are exhausted. We didn't leave Dels' until close to midnight last night. Hope to see you all at the next event.