AMSTERDAMAGE: The Amsterdam Tournament Story
THE BLUE FLAG
The blue flag is thrown to enforce the Geen Gezeik rule. Geen Gezeik means "no bitching" in Dutch. Basically, the Blue Flag is a way to stop players and coaches from abusing refs. The Geen Gezeik rule that seems to have caught on with some of the players and all of the officials. Ken Galluccio (left) loved the Geen Gezeik rule when he heard about it and showed up at the tournament with blue flags and the idea to use them for the unique enforcement mechanism of this mellow Amsterdamesque regulation. Ken matched the flags to the very unique officials jerseys he disigned with the help of Rebel Lacrosse Wear in Baltimore. The jerseys were the most requested item at the tournament store, but alas, they were made just for the refs!
The "Geen Gezeik" rule explained (from the Amsterdam Tournament Program): The referees are here to mellow out and party in a lacrosse environment just like you. To this end, they have use of a special rule - a "No Tolerance" policy on complaining to the refs. This applies to coaches and players. The first offence is awarded a one minute penalty with a blue flag. The second on the same person is a "that game" suspension to the beer tent for attitude adjustment. Warnings MAY be given first.You could call it a "time out" for adults. Whatever you call it, most were pretty happy with the results. It's also an equalizer of sorts as the Europeans almost never yell at officials while it's become prevalent in the U.S. and Canada. It's an idea that will likely be implemented again in Amsterdam next August and at projected tourney sites in Rome (June '94) and London (August '94) as well. E-Lacrosse is talking to at least twice as many teams planning on being in Holland next summer, including women's and Dutch Masters teams. 68-year-old Texan Buck Hoffman gave the blue flag and the tourney a thumbs-up. "The blue flag was a very interesting idea, and from my experience with it, it worked very well - a simple device, but very effective. Just one more indication of the thought and preparation put into this tournament," said Hoffman, who has been officiating at European tournaments for six years.
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