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“My Hands Were Shaking”: The Impact Abuse of Officials Has on Youth Referees

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By Lilly Bianchi


Picture this: a bitter Saturday morning draws families out of bed to get their little ones to the rink. They tie skates, sip coffee and chat as the kids take to the ice for a game. It happens every weekend in rinks all across America…so does the abuse of the officials toward those that work those games.

AHAI Referee-In-Chief Michael Barrett estimates about 175-200 reports are received annually regarding abuse of officials. There is no doubt such instances take a toll on officials, but what about when the official is only a teenager? As a 17 year old referee, I can tell you it happens all too often. Very rarely does one work a game where not a single negative comment is made. Perhaps the worst experience I had involved the anger of a coach. My hands were shaking, my voice trembling. The coach knew me, he…

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Flyers’ Pierre Edouard Bellemare scores by passing on award at IIHF tournament

This is what all hockey players aspire to be. Great piece!

TheColorOfHockey

The phrase “consummate team player” is an often over-used piece of sports-writing jargon, but every now and then you see the meaning behind the words.

Philadelphia Flyers LW Pierre Edouard Bellemare Case in point: Philadelphia Flyers left wing Pierre Edouard Bellemare. A native of France, Bellemare is basking in Paris co-hosting the International Ice Hockey FederationWorld Championship with Cologne, Germany.

Bellemare is a fourth-line player in the National HockeyLeaguebut he a top line forward for France.

After France upset Finland 5-1 in Paris Sunday, officials decided to name Bellemare the best player of the game for the French team.

Bellemare, who had a goal in the game, disagreed.

Hepassed on the honor and persuaded officials to give it French goaltender Florian Hardy, to the delight of the 11,433 spectators inside Paris’ AccorHotels Arena. Hardy had 42 saves in the game.

France, ranked 14th in the world,had…

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The Caged Bird Sings

Hello to all amazing bloggers out there. There are 900+ followers I have in my niche, which is so more than fantastic! They all are wonderful people who share their honest feedbacks about my posts.

So this one is my first blog promotion post. I thought to give it a try so that I become more familiar with my fellow bloggers and so that they get a platform to promote their blogs. All the bloggers who happen to stop by this post are requested to comment their back links and a brief description of what their blogs are about. The back links are helpful in increasing your site’s SEO. So, this makes you promote your blog in an enjoyable, effortless manner. You may also happen to find some other amazing blogs which weren’t present earlier in your niche. Those wanting to reblog the post are most welcome, because this would…

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