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Hey Ref: How Do You Decide When to Call Stalling?

Stalling

I don’t know about all sports but in most when penalties or fouls happen, they simply happen. For example, in basketball, if I hit the shooting athlete while he’s attempting a shot, it’s a foul. It happened. In baseball, if a pitcher illegally pitches the ball, it’s a balk. It happened. In football, if I hit the receiver out of ...

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Hey Ref: The Cool, Emotional, Odd, Funny, and Worst Moments

Hey Ref

Stop for a minute and think, what’s your favorite wrestling memory, or any organized sport for that matter? Whatever it is, an official was there to watch it unfold. Obviously, we don’t partake in the celebration or in some cases the disappointment but we watch them happen because we’re always the other person on the mat. We get a firsthand ...

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Hey Ref: What’s Your Experience With Youth Tournaments?

Youth Wrestling

Most officials I know start from the bottom and by bottom I mean they get their feet wet by officiating youth matches/tournaments. After a while you’ll do some Jr High then High School then some will take the leap to the NCAA. That’s the route I took. My first couple years officiating I only had youth assignments. Now I only ...

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Hey Ref: What is the Worst Call You Ever Made?

Zain Retherford - Penn State

It happens every year. If you work hard to improve it happens less and less, but from time to time it just happens. Believe me, when I say, no one wants it to happen less than the person doing it. If you’re lucky it doesn’t have a direct outcome on a match. If you’re lucky the athletes can bail you ...

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Hey Ref: Why Do You Officiate?

Hey Ref!

Before the thought of becoming a wrestling official popped in my head I knew a guy who pitched for the Baltimore Orioles. Not long but long enough, maybe four or five years before his elbow gave out on him. He was over one day and as we were shootin’ the breeze he told me the first hit he ever gave ...

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Hey Ref: How Do You Call Edge Of The Mat Stalling?

Hey Ref!

Got a question for our anonymous ref? Send it to asteen@theopenmat.com and you may see it in a future article! As a wrestling fan who happens to be a wrestling official, I’ve had tons of conversations with my wrestling buddies over the past year about the neutral in/out of bounds stalling rule and the calls it elicits. They’re fun conversations, ...

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