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Question Number: 24358

Other 11/21/2010

RE: Other

Carl Larsen of Vancouver, Canada asks...

This question is a follow up to question 24322

It is a good habit to be aware of as well as to remind newer or inexperienced older referees to think about why play is stopped to arrive at how play is to be correctly restarted. While we can agree the fact play, if stopped solely for misconduct, is in fact an indfk from the point of the misconduct subject to the special circumstances of the goal area.

I suppose the plethora of redundant questions from those less endowed with the knowledge the esteemed panel has is irritating at times but I frequently sense a feeling of disdain from the panel to many of those who ask questions.

I find that far too often those teaching think belittling those who ask a foolish or easy question somehow is a teaching tool when it is the fool teaching that creates the problem. I mean no disrespect, I am sure you all do what you do for altruistic motives, just thought you might benefit from an outsider looking in!

One can at least appreciate that this discussion board posts the credentials of some of those those answering thus assumes the mantle of responsibility willingly.

I often see many positions taken by the panel are corrected after new or different information is made available. While it is to the panel's credit to admit mistakes just remember that in any game too many mistakes will make it hard to take the referee in question seriously!

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Carl
Thank you for your observations which is always helpful.
The meaning of one's communication is the response that one gets and many times unless there is a follow up question there is no response. Sometimes when I have answered a question I realise that what I have written actually means what other people think it means and that can be entirely different.

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Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

The question you referenced looked like a question from a referee certification exam. Since many states are now doing these online, we do not provide direct answers to these questions when we recognize them. Instead, as in the case of the referenced question, we will often point the asker to the area of the Laws in which the answer can be found.

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