Originally Posted by woodrow1029
Ok. Now, definitely something is wrong with your posts. First of all, unless it was a "novice" tournament, there's no way there was not one tournament referee. Also, there can't be a USTA tournament without a Tournament Director OR a Referee.
Finally, from what you put in your original post and the way you worded it, there's nothing wrong with what the player did against your daughter.
Maybe, there can't be....
But, I have been to plenty of sectional tournaments, where the tournament ran late
and the TD and ref left....... Score was reported to the kid who was holding down the front desk.
I did complain. And it still happens.....
I am going to say this is one of the biggest issues in junior tennis, lack of refs and/or TD's interested in running a good tournament. And I am going to guess it must be about the $.
The TD's probably don't make a lot of money running the tournaments and I know the refs are not paid well ( especially when you factor in gas money).
I do wish the USTA would help fund some of the tournaments with money for more refs.
I don't hear parents complaining about the cost of a tournament, but I do hear them complaining about the cost of a tournament not being worthwhile if it is not properly equipped to do a good job....
Lastly, the reason I don't post on this board much anymore is all the snarky comments.
Just because you have never been to a tournament where the ref disappears,
doesn't make it impossible.
It is a big country, every tournament is not a cookie cutter excellent event.
Maybe, there was a ref and maybe he/she was taking a long lunch break.......
I was at a national tournament two years ago,
one ref went to lunch and the other one got lost in the bathroom......
I have been to two supernats where they had replacement refs and they didn't know the rules.
I have been to tournaments where the ref checks their texts during the matches.
I could go for a while, but you get the idea.