Thoughts from a Touch Referee
Thoughts from a Mackay Touch Referee.
Maybe individuals need to try a spot of refing themselves to discover how challenging it can be. Maybe some of our refs need to improve their people skills and learn how to difuse tense or challenging situations. Sometimes a reminder "on the run" can have the desired result without resorting to sending players for time.
I don't know how you are going to change people's opinion or perception of referees, but it seems that the game is losing the spirit that it should be played in and as a result players are losing their respect towards the refs.
Hope this is of some enlightenment to you, wish I could give you some answers, but if I could do that I'd be on tour selling my thoughts for lots of money!!