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Nineteen-year-old Basketball Referee Zach Altman was no stranger to the uniformed lectures and snide remarks that came along with his job on the court. What he initially interpreted as seemingly innocent comments from overzealous parents and coaches, quickly escalated into physical confrontations towards him and his colleagues.

Young enough to have an unwavering passion for the game but old enough to realize when there is a problem, Altman set out on a course to find a solution. His endearing talk provides both a witty and a sobering look into the growing epidemic of referee abuse and what can be done to improve the entire culture of youth sports.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://TED.com/tedx

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