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January 19, 2013

You Said It!

Officials dropped the ball Jan. 11

I went to the Worcester/Cherry Valley-Springfield varsity basketball game Jan. 11 and was quite saddened by the whole experience.

I’m a layman in terms of basketball knowledge, but I’m a parent who’s been going to high school games for multiple years. I believe sports are a great teacher for teenagers, to teach team play, responsibility and other life lessons.

In general, coaches and schools do a good job here. They help turn emotional teenagers into stable, community-centered adults. What shocked me at the game was the officials. It appeared that they decided before the game who was going to win.

The first half was very one-sided and by the second half, it seemed as if the rules went right out the window. In the second half, I could see the frustration of the coaches and all the players (on both teams).

The officials didn’t call obvious fouls (jumping on backs, charges, etc.), but fouls were called where none seemed to exist.

In most games, the officials do a reasonable job. There are bad calls and we as observers sometimes feel we know better, but this felt blatant.

In this particular game, they forgot about fair play and sportsmanship. I hope I never witness a game like that again. Many people work very hard to make these games an enjoyable experience, but when coaches, players and fans leave the game so frustrated and angry, it’s probably time to take a closer look at what’s going on.

Who’s watching the officials? They are not gods, and as parents, we should have a right to find out what happened without fear of consequences on our children.

It doesn’t matter what team my child played for, both teams were damaged by the actions of a few adults.

Mark Brown, Roseboom

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