My highschool girls basketball team grabbed their first win yesterday. I was so proud of how selflessly and together they played!
At one point I wanted a timeout, so I started yelling “Timeout! Timeout!” to the ref. No response. Then I had an epiphany: surely the referee doesn’t speak English! Rookie mistake.
There have been some differences in International basketball from American basketball. Yesterday I called for a timeout and did what I perceive to be the normal “timeout” hand signal. I later learned that the hand signal I used is for technical fouls only, and if the coaches use it, sometimes the referees think you are saying they should call a technical, and they call you on a technical! Whoa I gotta be careful with that one (especially since I promised my girls that if I ever got a technical foul I’d run the whole next practice)!