I watched many a game this weekend at the 5man Event on sunday... And i must say... the reffing was sub par.
There were a few splatter calls, which isn't bad.. it happens.
But what really got me was the laziness put on by the refs. They barely moved around when they were on the sidelines, missing obvious hits and such.
Even more was the "out of bounds" rules called on field 2 and the hyperball fields. There has to be a tapeline put down.. because the rope hung above the "out of bounds" lines were way to obscure to be "imagined" by the players. The head ref on hyperball called out a few players about stepping out of bounds, yet you could barely tell due to the ropes strung about that line.
THE REFS MUST START USING THE NUETRAL RULE PLEASE.
I must have saw 5 or 6 eliminations based upon the fact that the refs were pushing the player around, looking for hits, and as soon as they did that... the player got tagged.
Please, Cyndi, think about this rule. Give every ref a shield.
It's not fair to the players to be eliminated while being checked or directly after etc.
If the nuetral rule was to be in effect.. it would greatly cut out any of this.
Also, there were numerous occurences of bonus balling going that... and I'm not sure if that is worthy of a penalty... is it in the rule book?
Turning the phrase around, with the bad comes the good.
The new field setup, 5 fields instead of 6, seemed to make the games run somewhat faster, with less places for teams to wonder off too
The scheduling wasn't bad... competiton was good... food was yummy, and the entire event was wrapped up before it got dark.
I hope that the reffing improves.. but then again... they aren't perfect.. and I for one, am not asking them to be, but if you volunteer to ref.. please put in 110% when doing it.
I can't wait to see everyone at the next event... hopefully the weather is nice and the paintballing is excellent.