Looking for a little guidance as to whether I was off base talking to CR. I am the assistant coach. Two games this weekend U10B. First game of Spring season with two teams from the same club (Red v White). There are some politics that make this game a little more intense than it should be. Anyway, White is up 2-1 with a few minutes left. Red has pushed everyone forward, White gets possession inside the 18 and starts to dribble to the sideline looking for an opportunity to clear, nearest Red bear hugs White but White still manages to drag Red maintaining possession - CR whistle to mouth but doesn't whistle - White still fighting off bear hug as more Red starts to harass, White finally is able to play it out of bounds off Red. Meanwhile, I'm asking for the call. After the ball is out of play CR tells me he's got it covered and asks me what I want - I tell him I don't want advantage in our PA with 6 Red swarming and one Red football tackling - he shushes me (fair enough). After the game he told me he would've called the foul if we'd lost possession. I suggested there was no advantage to be gained in that position and frankly I'm not used to our U10 CRs being able to apply advantage much less really knowing what it means. Anyway, I thanked him for his competence and would love to have him for any of our games. Aside from this incident, I thought the whole crew was good. So, what do you think? Do you apply advantage differently based on the game situation. We had everyone back defending since it was so close to the end and they were throwing everyone into our PA. I would have understood if we had an outlet up top but we had no one - am I expecting too much? Second game, again very well refereed game. One player on opposing team consistently pushing/grabbing - CR has talked to him a few times and told him to stop - he keeps doing it. Nothing really malicious - just irritating and slowly his hands and elbows seems to getting higher. Finally, a hand gets too high and whacks our center mid across the face - I don't think it was intentional just a continuation and escalation of what he's been doing the whole game. CR sees it and I guess decides the game is almost over and it's not worth it - play continues. I was hoping that instead of carding him - the CR might just tell the coach it was time for a sub. I'm still struggling with my expectations for this age group. These kids can actually play a pretty attractive brand of soccer, however cynical stuff is starting to creep in in terms of tactics and fouls. I still haven't seen an outright dive but I guess I'll know everything has changed when I do.