- Aug 26, 2011
I don't get the swallow the whistle crowd. Fouls should always only be called when they are obvious. If a ref isn't sure then he shouldn't guess and blow his whistle. The biggest problem with basketball refs is they call tendencies and not just what they see. I learned a lot sitting next to the OHSAA District head of officiating for a couple years. He would explain why a call was made and I would say "that's stupid" and he would respond "you asked why it was called, not whether it should have been." Biggest lesson I learned was on reach ins whether there is any contact or not..."if you reach up, no foul. If you reach down, they'll blow the whistle almost every time." Thats is actually teachable to players at least.