Thursday night reffing tends to be pretty bad, well I guess the
correct word is inconsistent. It is our job to improve the level of reffing
(as a side note, good reffing often lends to improved play!). Please ref the
first three games and THEN HELP the refs with the next three games.
Teach them to referee.
If you yourself are not particularly inclined to ref, then this is a good
opportunity to learn the rules and stuff..
A few points to note: (for what it is worth)
There are three steps with making a call:
It is important to separate the three steps by a second or two.
If a player wonders what the call was, they will look to you.
If you give the signal too quickly, they will miss it, and not know what
- Blow the whistle,
Do this at the time of the fault.
- Make the call,
Take a second to think about what the fault was (touch, net carry, double etc), then make the appropriate signal.
- Direct the ball.
Was it a side out, point or reply? Give the appropriate signal.
If you didn't see it, it didn't happen.
It's unfortunate, but if you don't see the ball roll up
someone's arm, over their head and off their nose, you can't
call it (however, you can ask the second ref if they saw it).
"I didn't see it", is acceptable if someone bitches.
Things to tell your work team:
The lines people should watch for touches and in/out, and stand on
The down ref must watch the net and the line (under the net).
The down ref rarely watches the ball, and is usually looking at the defensive
team. The also call out of rotation for the receiving team. But their
main job is to watch the net and line. The down ref may also signal (but not
blow) if they see a carry, or double etc..
You should inform the work team their duties before the game starts.
Cameron Gregory - firstname.lastname@example.org