Bad referees suck. With one little blow of his whistle, our moods can come crashing down faster than it takes to hurl expletives at that zebra-striped judge. But is anger over a bad call worth throwing off our game? Probably not.
Stack.com teaches us five ways to stay calm when the referee has blown a call. Read closely if you want to perform better the next time the heat starts getting the best of you (and if you don’t want to get thrown out of the game).
Here are some sample tips:
Know the difference between a bad call and a wrong call. A bad call is the result of not seeing something at the right angle or missing the moment it happened on the field. A wrong call is when a referee doesn’t understand the rule. If you suspect that the referee made a wrong call, tell your coach and he’ll handle the situation so it won’t happen again. If it was just a bad call, there’s no point crying over spilled milk.
Focus on things you can control. When it comes down to it, the only thing you can control in a game is you. As cliché as that sounds, take it to heart before you get yourself evicted from a game by yelling at the referee. Just play your game the best, and shirk off whatever is out of your hands.
For more tips, read the full article.
If you want to laugh over some of the horrendous calls referees have made this year, check out the 10 worst NFL referee calls of 2012.