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Washington referees may face ban for charity pink whistles
By Cameron Smith
A group of high school football officials in Washington state were trying to support breast cancer research while working this week's games, so they made a pledge to donate all game checks to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Then, to top off the charitable gesture, they announced they would all use pink whistles during the games. Now there's a chance those whistles could cost the refs a chance to work state playoff games.
KING5.com Story - High School Refs Could Be Penalized for Pink Whistles @ Yahoo! Video
According to KING 5 News -- with thanks for the news report above -- and the Associated Press, officials who are part of the Pacific Northwest Football Officials Association who worked games on Thursday night were informed by the chair of the Washington Officials Association that they could face a two-game suspension for using pink whistles. The playoff ban is possible because the colored whistles violate the uniform protocol for state high school officials. Those uniforms allegedly call for black whistles only, and the WOA claims that no officials asked for permission to use pink whistles for their designated charity games.
The chair of the WOA, Todd Stordahl, told KING 5 News and MyNorthwest.com he has little choice but to discipline officials who used colored whistles. He claims that letting them continue without punishment would send the wrong message to student athletes.
"They chose not to ask for permission, not to go the right route," Stordahl told KING 5. "It sends the wrong message to kids that are playing the game. 'If they broke the rules why can't I do the same.'"
Though no discipline has been decided upon, Stordahl indicated it was likely that pink whistle-blowing officials would be suspended for two playoff games. That would not only keep the referees from working at the annual pinnacle of their sport, but also cost them two game checks.
Considering that the referees were already donating one game check to charity, that would leave them with three fewer checks than in a typical season.
Meanwhile, MyNorthwest.com is reporting the PNFOA is arguing the dress code for officials does not technically specify that only black whistles be used, which means any suspensions would be unwarranted. That follows a Tuesday PNFOA meeting in which the group's president, Mike Livingston, said the board voted unanimously to use the colored whistles, regardless of penalty.
The officials themselves seem to be on board with the PNFOA decision, due to a commitment the referees felt to both breast cancer awareness and each other. There's little indication that the threat that came Thursday night from the WOA will keep them from using the pink whistles they intended.
"A lot of the guys in the association have been touched by breast cancer in some way," referee Jeff Mattson told MyNorthwest.com. "So we decided to take on the Susan G. Komen Foundation."
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Thread: You gotta be kidding me...
10-24-2010, 06:56 PM #1
You gotta be kidding me..."The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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10-24-2010, 10:05 PM #2
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10-27-2010, 12:44 PM #5
I don't know if I agree.. at least totally.
If the established uniform code states that only black whistles are to be used, and these refs did not request permission to use the pink whistles then they violated policy. If that's the case then I'm having a hard time blaming the organization for doing something. I don't necessarily agree with suspending them, since they were already donating their game checks to the charity.. but the organization can't be expected to simply ignore it either.
On the other hand, if the uniform code is unclear, as the PNFOA is claiming, then everyone could be saved some bad PR by letting the whole thing slide.So you call this your free country
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10-27-2010, 07:27 PM #6
This goes along the line of a Zero tolerance= zero judgment ruling.Courage, Being Scared to Death and Saddling Up anyways.
10-29-2010, 02:14 PM #7
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What if the refs retaliated by refusing to officiate a game where the school was promoting any other cause during the game?
"Wave a sock to help stamp out foot fungus" for example.
Would the officials governing body support them on that after getting their skivvies wadded up over pink whistles to support breast cancer research?If you can't support one cause during a game,you should not be part of supporting any cause during any sporting event.
10-29-2010, 02:32 PM #8
Yeah, it was against uniform code/regulations whatever, but they didn't go out there in all pink shirts, pants, hats and shoes. They just used pink whistles. Is a two game (potentially) suspension justifiable because they used pink whistles, during breast cancer awareness month, to promote and show their support for breast cancer awareness really worth it?
I don't think so... Do I think it should be overlooked? No, of course not. But I don't think what they did is worth a two game suspension. Just make it clear that it's not to happen again with approval.
10-30-2010, 02:28 AM #9
Yes, there was a policy violation without prior approval.
No, the punishment does not match the violation.Jason Knecht
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