CBC- The Charlotte County Minor Hockey Association says it is the first league in Canada to introduce body cameras for referees, in an attempt to stop parents and coaches from taking aggression out on the officials.
“We want to get the numbers back up. So we want our referees to know that we're doing everything we can help zero tolerance,” he said.
“We don't want players or parents or coaches abusing them.”
“I think it kept it a little bit cleaner cause they all knew they were on tape,” Caldwell said.
We've finally done it. We have officially crossed the line. The hockey rink is a sanctuary for verbal assault. The field of play is the one place an athlete can voice his true feelings. That is no more true than on a hockey rink. Shit talking, whether it be to an opponent or an official, is as much a part of the game as offense, defense, and goaltending. Have you watched the NCAA tournament? Officials are becoming more and more responsible for the outcome of games, and this league thinks the best way to resolve that is to make them free from constructive criticism?
What exactly comes of these videos after the fact? Can players be held responsible for things that they said in the head of the moment that went unpunished? Can they be disciplined for letting an official know he's a worthless piece of shit? What if there is no context? What if it's true? What if an oblivious referee misses a high stick call because he's not paying attention? We are going to hold players, that aren't being paid, responsible for their verbal transgressions, but not review the performance of an official that is being paid? Can we stop pandering to these gutless whistle blowers? It's not enough that referees can change the outcome of a game with one ill advised call? Now you can't even let them know when they are fucking terrible? How are they going to learn from their mistakes?
So, let me get this straight. This youth league in Canada thinks that putting a bunch of adrenaline fueled children with an attitude problem on camera is going to discourage them from saying reckless and inappropriate things? Is Canada behind the times? Do they not recognize the popularity of the viral video? Putting a camera in someone's face only inspires stupidity. You think YouTube would exist if the presence of a camera caused the general public to act more rationally? I can only imagine how much more creative I would get with my insults if I knew they would live on forever. You think professional athletes get 'mic'd up' to cut down on their entertainment value? The bigger the audience the funnier you are going to try to be. On the hockey rink, funny and derogatory are essentially synonyms. If this concept starts working it's way up the ranks I will only approve if it results in a bi-weekly HBO show that's too inappropriate for women or children.
Hey CCMHA, if you want to discipline a bunch of children and their maniacal parents maybe don't put Minkus in charge?