Agree completely with Ed. Too many beeps will drive the referee crazy
and he/she will become desensitized to its importance.
Use the "beep" for critical situations -- for example you've raised the
flag for offside but the referee is running toward his coffin corner
with his back to your flag. He's digging himself into a hole as the
seconds ticks off and he doesn't realize the flag is up behind him. Now
you need to help the referee extricate himself before the hole gets too
Beep the referee. When he turns around, sees the flag, blows the
whistle, and gives you a sheepish grin ("Oh, thanks. I missed the
flag.") you'll have used the beeper flag as it was intended.
Obviously the use of the flag (timing, specific situations, etc.) must
be discussed in the pregame.
Gil (the original)
On Saturday, December 24, 2011 05:36:33 PM Ed Marco wrote:
> Larry great question. Way too many ARs think that the beep should be
> with every signal made. The beep should be used as a last resort to
> contact the Referee. The usual eye contact should be used along with
> the usual communication. It should not be used as a crutch. This is
> something I see as a major problem with the wireless system used.
> Too much interference by the ARs and 4th by always talking to the
> Referee. Use it only when absolutely needed and then only short and
> So, again Larry, use the beep only when absolutely needed. On subs if
> the Referee is not looking or on fouls, offside or misconduct not
> seen and needing to be dealt with. Otherwise, it is just a normal
> Happy Holidays to all.
> Ed Marco
> On Dec 24, 2011, at 5:15 PM, Lawrence Savell <[log in to unmask]>
> > Last week I got to use a beeper flag for the first time. Didn't
> > really get detailed instructions on how to use the beeper. For
> > those who have experience with these flags, I'm looking for some
> > guidance. Specifically, should you beep every time you raise the
> > flag, e.g., offside or foul, or should you wait and see if the CR
> > is looking at you or sees you first?
> > ...larry
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