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Old Thu Nov 11, 2004, 11:04am
Bob Lyle Bob Lyle is offline
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How old were these players? You mention parents so that indicates that we are dealing with children under 12. Games at this level are called by new officials. To expect anything more that greenhorns calling a game at this level is unrealistic on the leagues part. New officials are going to make mistakes. The coaches and parents have an obligation to set a sportsmanship example to the players. They should be suspended from further coaching and game attendance for their behavior.

On the other hand, if these were 18 year olds playing flag football, they have a right to expect good officiating. From your description, it sounds like they didn't get it. That does not condone their behavior but your assignor may owe the league an apology. The league should still suspend the coach and parents. (BTW, I have never seen a high school league of flag football.)
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