Originally Posted by tennis5
There are some amazing refs and some really terrible ones.
I was at a tournament where the two refs were the complete opposite of each other.
One was writing up the kids for throwing their racquets, cursing and cheating.
I actually watched him write up 3 kids in 2 hours.
I was wowed by him as one parent argued with him after the match and he held firm.
The other one couldn't even keep score.
Now, I know he must know how to do it.
But, he stood on the court and just couldn't keep the score, probably bc he kept looking at his phone.
For me, bottom line, sadly there are more refs
1) taking lunch breaks together
2) chatting with other refs or texting ( my personal peeve) while standing on court
3) Not overuling bad calls
4) Not writing up kids for throwing their racquets, or for swearing.
( I can't tell you how many times I hear the F word and the kid just gets a warning).
Sadly, they outweigh the good refs (who take pride in doing a good job).
Of course there are bad apples. I do not agree that bad officials outweigh the good ones. Obviously #2 is unacceptable. #1 (depending on how many officials are working the event) can be unacceptable as well. As to #3, of course I don't pay attention to people from off court that the calls are bad. As to #4, just because someone says it, doesn't mean that it has to be a code violation. If you are standing right near the fence, and someone is collecting a ball and happens to say it quietly to themselves and you happen to hear it, maybe not. Of course, there are several times when a code violation should be given and it is not, and that is unfortunate and yes there should be more consistency. But, some parents think that if the racket touches the court, a player should get a code violation for it. Most parents, officials, etc. feel that a player has to vent a bit as well. So, a lot of times, a soft warning (caution) is warranted. A lot of those times, it cuts it off. Sometimes it does not, then you can get into code violations.