I'm currently looking at other sports to see how they handle 'verbal' abuse of the referee/umpire in a field of play. I think I might need some help.
(s) All players must respect the authority of the referee. They must not dispute the referee’s decisions. They must stop playing at once when the referee blows the whistle except at a kick-off or at a penalty kick following admonishment, temporary suspension, or send-off.
Sanction: Penalty kick
I've been told that this works extremely well in Rugby. If you only look crosseyed towards a referee you'll get a penalty.
In Tennis, from 2012 FRIEND AT COURT, The USTA Handbook of Tennis Rules and Regulations: Misconduct:
- Visible or audible profanity or obscenity
- Abuse of racket, balls, or equipment
- Verbal or physical abuse of a player or official
- Receipt of coaching
- Abusive conduct by a player or a person associated with a player (USTA Regulation IV.C.10. refers to this situation)
- Retaliatory calls (obviously bad calls made in retaliation for the opponent’s calls)
- Unsportsmanlike conduct (any other conduct that is abusive or detrimental to the sport)
- Failure to follow the instructions of an official (Violation of any USTA Tournament Regulation (USTA Regulation IV.C.20.)
Violations shall be penalized as follows: First Offense: Point, Second Offense: Game, Third Offense: Default
If there are any of you who - besides Sailing - participate in other sports where a referee or umpire is taking decisions in a field of play, please have a look at your rulebook and tell me what is written about verbal abuse towards officials.