In praise of b ball refs

In praise of b-ball refs Open letter to the Whitehorse sports community: We have just finished the Grade 7 basketball championships and aside from the amazing young athletes we were watching and the increased skill level, what I noticed again this year w

Open letter to the Whitehorse sports community:

We have just finished the Grade 7 basketball championships and aside from the amazing young athletes we were watching and the increased skill level, what I noticed again this year was the high calibre of the high school refs that came out to work with what could

be called the “little kids’ league.”

The refs have noticed that these “little kids” know their positions, know the rules, run plays and compete at a very high level for 10-to 12-year-olds.

The referees this year have played a lot of basketball and they took time out of their busy schedules to give something back to a sport they learned to love when they were “little kids” too.

They called all fouls and all illegal moves. They kept the games moving and did an awesome job of watching 10 players on the floor.

The referees stayed with the game and took their officiating seriously because they saw the young athletes on the floor taking their basketball seriously.

So I salute the high school refs of the 2012

Yukon Basketball Championships:

E.J. New (Vanier)

Micah McKeage (Vanier)

Erika New (Vanier)

Colleen Prenoslo (FHC)

Hannah Frison (Vanier)

Elliot Berg (Vanier)

Robyn Fortune (Vanier)

Sabrina Clarke (Vanier)

I thank you so much. As a coach, I was able to leave that part of the game in your capable hands and just concentrate on helping my players improve and enjoy their game.

Peter Harms, coach

Hidden Valley Huskies