IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-21-2020)
"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"
This past week a Major League Baseball player was ejected from a game after hitting a home run. How can that be? He kicked dirt on the plate after crossing it because he was upset about a previous call a few innings earlier.
How do you treat officials/umpires/referees? Do you respect them?
In my humble opinion, it would be wise to treat officials like you would a teacher in the classroom or a coach during practice. In those cases, you listen, you don't talk out loud or out of turn, and you respect authority.
Officials are human. Just like you, they make mistakes and will miss a call from time to time. Remember, it's a long game and one call does not determine the outcome.
It's very important that you keep your composure after a tough call or a controversial play. But more importantly, being kind and respectful to officials won't protect you if you do something blatantly wrong, but it could help you when it comes to questionable calls.
Showing respect is always the right thing to do!
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