In our sport it is more prevalent than almost any others. Unfortunately the general ref is more concerned about the bonus balling paint happy prick coming back to the field than actually reffing.
Cheating defeats the purpose of getting better, thus hurting innovation.
Y'know, I've noticed that refs are getting younger and younger too... it's not just the average age of the players, it's the STAFF at most paintball fields too. These are serious businesses... you can't have 17 year old kids giving everyone a safety speech, then watch those same "authority figures" horse around and flaunt those very same safety rules in front of the first timers. Also, for many of these younger refs, it's the first time they've been giving a position of "power". It goes straight to their head, half the time, and you get renters being verbally abused, ridiculed, and very loudly berated for the least little infraction. If someone gets some fogging in their mask and absent-mindedly lifts their mask for a half second, or pulls off their mask just BEFORE exiting the playing field, you give them a serious warning, and watch to see if they do it a second time. You DON'T yell and scream at them like you've just caught them murdering a baby, right in front of their friends and family, then storm off, muttering things like, "Stupid idiot! (again, in front of their friends, family, and co-workers).
Seeing stuff like this makes me cringe. I've worked in customer service in many previous jobs, and my current occupation has an element of customer service to it as well. Behaviour like this reeks of unprofessionalism, and will make an otherwise positive experience into something very humiliating, degrading, and your chances of getting repeat business will be very very low. Not to mention, it gives paintball in general a crappy rep.
I'm not saying that younger refs will AUTOMATICALLY be sh*tty refs, but they need to be emotionally mature enough to be trusted with your customers and your business. They also need to know the basics of customer service, and the reasons behind them. Better hiring practices need to be implemented, and better on-job training too, as well as SOME supervision. Managers need to keep an eye on their staff to know what's going on... not just sit behind a cash register all day.