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Officials Who Call Too Many Fouls In Girls' Games

Officials Who Call Too Many Fouls In Girls' Games

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This video is brought to you by Vivo Girls Sports -- a digital media property and global online community for active girls and young women. Vivo Girls Sports developed an online video library from a network of highly respected sports experts to answer important questions from the community. Their mission is to keep girls healthy and playing sports.

One of these experts is Tina Syer (@tinaPCA), the Chief Impact Officer at Positive Coaching Alliance. Syer played Division I field hockey at Stanford University, where she graduated with honors and was named an Academic All-America. Her coaching experience includes seasons at the high school, college and Olympic Development levels.

Syer addresses the often-lopsided approach officials use when calling fouls during girls' games vs. boys' games. There’s no reason why girls can’t play just as hard and aggressively as boys do, within the rules and limitations of the sport, but sometimes officials will call more fouls during girls' games.

How can you play your best and hardest under these circumstances? One approach Syer suggests is to have a captain or team leader talk to the officials before competition begins to understand how aggressive a level of play the officials will allow. Another suggestion is to ask the officials during breaks in the action, politely and constructively, to clarify the reasoning behind a fouled call so that your team can learn the limitations and avoid excessive fouls called.