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Vancouver Island hockey parents told to shut up, or get out

The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association is threatening to kick hockey moms and dads out of the stands after rampant abuse of both players and referees by some spectators.
VIAHA president Jim Humphrey issued the ultimatum in a letter he posted to the association’s website last Friday.
In it, Humphrey said that the “problem of spectators abusing on-ice officials and players during minor hockey games has become such a serious issue that VIAHA Executive Committee members are considering a ‘Spectator Free Weekend.’”
The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association said spectator harassment is so vicious it's losing referees.
POSTED: 2015-01-20

Bill would boost penalties for battery on sports officials

By Caitlin Soard (
INDIANAPOLIS — An East Chicago legislator wants to boost penalties for battery against a sports official but a key lawmaker says the change may not be necessary.
Democratic Sen. Lonnie Randolph, the author of Senate Bill 134, wants to increase the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Under the proposed law, throwing bodily fluids on a sports official while the defendant had knowledge of having HIV, hepatitis or tuberculosis could result in up to six years of jail time. Six years is nearly triple the current maximum punishment of 30 months.
POSTED: 2015-01-20

‘You cannot be serious!’ A look at this summer’s elite sports officials (AU)

Republished from “The Conversation” (AU)
Sports-mad Australians are in the middle of a busy summer of world-class sport. We’re currently gripped by football frenzy as the best players in Asia ply their craft in the Asian Cup. The world’s richest cricket team, India, has just lost to Australia in a four-Test series and the world’s best tennis players are currently spotted around our major cities. And not to be forgotten, cricket’s summer finishes with the World Cup.
The stakes are high. Most of the sports mentioned are operating under tournament conditions, where each game is vital and players are under pressure to perform and make the winning play. But more than just players and coaches are under scrutiny. With a summer of quality sporting talent on display, it is worth considering that we also have world-class officials – referees, umpires and judges – testing their skills and, often, operating under more scrutiny than any single player.

Officiating is a rewarding but thankless job in professional sport. Criticism occurs routinely and praise is often an afterthought.....

POSTED: 2015-01-20


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