This is a new territory for me, so I certainly would appreciate your opinions. This season I am serving as mentor to a couple young referees. I have a couple that show great potential. Each day, they run lines for my 2 higher age matches and then each one centers a lower age match. I really enjoy showing some of the finer points of refereeing to them. During the course of the season I really started to be really stern when it comes to yelling at the refs. When I run a line for them I remind the coaches that while thier players are learning the game, the referees are learing how to referee. I find saying that alone is extremely helpful. Ocassionally I have had to ask the coaches to inform the parents of the same thing. They too are very receptive to this. When I am the center and a coach yells at one of my ARs I will tell the coach he is absolutely not permitted to talk\yell at them unless he is asking for a sub or something similar. If he needs to say anything he can say it to me. Other than that leave them\us alone. I guess the question is, am I being too protective?