I was part of a referee team that officiated a number of tournament games in the city yesterday. On the whole, the experience was effective, except for one brief moment when I had to issue my first technical foul to a head coach who demonstrated behavior unbecoming the game. For the space of a minute or so, he challenged me from the sidelines on a couple of procedures I use for counting off the throw-in. A team is allowed 5 secs. to get the ball in, which is especially critical during a full court press. He kept sniping at me to the point that I had to go over and warn him to sit down and be quiet, or I would be forced to give him a technical. He, then, challenged me to T him up, which I promptly did. That, unfortunately, did not resolve the problem. He continued to yap at me when I came by his bench. At that point, I looked straight at him and told him to sit down or I would eject him from the game. Suddenly, the bluster went out of him like a popped balloon. Not a peep from him for the rest of the game. By the way, when I called the technical, his team was down thirty points. What this incident shows, for me, is that some head coaches either have a poor grasp of the rules, a bad attitude, or both. I am not surprised that it is questionable behavior that leads to fights breaking out on the court and insults being hurled at officials who are only trying to do their job. So where is my first technical. Well, twenty-five years ago, I was coaching a senior boys’ BB team in a tournament. During the game, I lost my cool with an official and got a technical. My team was struggling to stay in the game, and I thought that taking it out on the ref could be a real momentum change. Wrong, I got a technical (one and the ball for the other team), and the team proceeded to fall further behind. Bad strategy because it sends the wrong message to the team: that the ref is wrong and putting him or her in their place will bring about the desired results.