|Flashes from Gordon: Volleyball officiating needs makeover (10-24-13)|
|Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:59|
Random thoughts while believing Lake football coach and all-around good guy Mark Emans is a strong candidate for Division IV Northwest District coach of the year honors:
OFFICIATING: Fans, parents and junior varsity players would never be permitted to officiate a varsity football or basketball game.
For that matter, they'd never be allowed to officiate a varsity baseball or softball game, either.
Yet, the Ohio High School Athletic Association allows non-registered officials to be used as line judges in volleyball. And that's wrong.
Volleyball has the two registered officials at the net and then the competing schools provide the two line judges during the regular season.
Once the sectional tournament starts, the OHSAA provides four registered officials for each match through the state tournament.
Some of the line judges are very good and they don't try to miss calls, but it just doesn't look good - especially on close calls in a tight match.
If using fans as line judges was such a good idea, the OHSAA would require schools to provide two fans to umpire baseball and softball games for those games, allowing for a four-man umpiring crew.
But the players and coaches deserve better. All matches should have four registered officials.
Right now, the OHSAA only encourages schools to use four registered officials, but few schools that, in part because of the money involved.
Some members of the state coaches association are putting together a proposal to encourage the OHSAA to require four registered officials for all regular-season matches.
STUDENTS: The Bowling Green Falcon hockey team has received tremendous support from its students this season, but the student section needs to eliminate the profanities from its chants.
A number of fans - including parents with young children - have expressed their disappointment and unhappiness over the profanities, and their concerns are legitimate.
Ice Arena and athletics departments officials need to strongly encourage the students to eliminate the profanities.
We understand those officials are in a difficult position because they want the student support and attendance, but the students still can be just as supportive without the profanities.
Student leadership and the Falcon Fanatics need to address the issue and police themselves.
It's even hypocritical of the arena and athletics department to have their public address announcer read a pre-game statement about showing good sportsmanship if it's going to allow the profanities.
Falcon fans have long been critical of students at Michigan and Western Michigan for their profanities and nastiness.
Now, it's time for the BG students to clean up their act.
BAR STOOLS: We commend the athletics department for trying to create some premium seating and additional revenue, but adding the bar stool seating against the glass at the south end of the Ice Arena is disappointing and looks cheesy.
Fans standing next to the glass is a long tradition of Falcon hockey, but the standing room behind the bar stools isn't the same.
Eliminating the standing room next to the glass is just the latest example of how recent athletic department administrations have shown little respect for the history of the arena, the history of the hockey program and Falcon athletics in general.
The premium seating area could easy be put on top of the Newlove Skate Shop at the south end.
And it appears the sale of those premium seats isn't going as well as planned.
Once inside the arena, fans are being given the opportunity by athletics department employees to sit in those seats at no charge, just to have butts on those stools and to give the appearance those seats have been sold.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:03|
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