This almost happens every week during our games. we are umpiring and from the first whistle blow in a circle its a constant barrage of "ask the other umpire". Now we have clear chats before game...we understand the signals that we will give each other if we need assistance. One of the big things we do not do is SIGNAL....if NOT asked for one. For me the constant asking is like crying wolf. the umpires have to STOP time...talk to each other...make a decision and play on...at every decision it can draw out a game by about 10-20 minutes. When you are also running to a tight schedule...and have stop time for OTHER reasons (lost ball, injury, cards and other miscelaneous stoppages) the game then runs from 70 minutes to 100 minutes IF we have to stp because players are asking umpires to "ask the other umpire" I will look at the other umpire...and read his body language...if his language says I saw something different then I will ask him...but MOST of the time his body language isnt showing that. now my question is... Is this a common practice in other countries? I know some of the players asking are olympians..or ex olympians and the umpires at those levels have headsets that mean they can ask quickly without stopping time. what do you do to distract players from asking all the time? my signal is clear...the whistle is strong...and I am walking the way of the hit as if to signal my intent. I look the players in the eyes...yet they still have to rush up and say "ask the other umpire" so far I tell them..I am 5 meteres from the infraction...he has a player blocking his view...who would have the best view? this stops em asking...but every whistle ends the same way. EVENTUALLY they get it....but by then my opinion is...I aint talking to that other guy no matter what, cos if I do...they will start up again. I still look at body language...but the crying wolf has spoilt their chances. does any body have anything I can use to help tame the appeals?