|Referee Checklist||Article added on 12/07/2011|
|Checklist Courtesy of Sussex Society|
I hope the following will provide colleagues with food for thought and help improve your refereeing of the game:
The role of the referee is:
to ensure that 30(+) players can play with safety, equity within the laws
to create time and space to maximise opportunities, whatever their abilities
to enjoy a fair, safe and equitable contest
The referees checklists in helping to achieve the above, remember to set out your stall right from the outset and to be consistent throughout.
Players are on their feet
They are on-side
Advantage must always give opportunities to the non-offending side
Voice, signals and whistle in varying tones and volume i.e. make your whistle talk too!
To be preventative how to penalise without having to blow the whistle
To allow the game to flow within acceptable parameters ATP Ask, Tell, Penalise the ask is often in the pre-match briefing
To be approachable but not gullible Captains only not open forum
To maximise downtime to help get your message across, reiterating the points made in the pre-match briefing
To be firm and calm
Get them level
Crouch Touch - Pause Engage. Its your call, not theirs
Keep them a suitable/comfortable distance prior to the above
Square and stable they must be comfortable too
Full arm bind and attached 'til the end
Has it formed?
Two straight lines with a clear space
The thrower behind the line. The throw without delay the jumpers wait til its in.
A fair contest priority anything untoward across the line!
the threes back 10 til it ends
Get there/Be first there to see
then move to get the wider view
The tackler to release the tackled man and roll away
The tackled man to be free to place the ball as far back as possible and roll away
All other players to arrive and stay on their feet
To arrive through the gate
Ruck and Maul:
Know the difference and call it
Check on those joining and then those outside
Having got there and seen it move to get the wider view
The best law in the book:
Where is it on the field of play? Close to the non-offending goal line, midfield, close to the tryline?
Whats the offence/issue knock-on, therefore scrum or penalty kick?
Tell them - Scrum advantage; penalty advantage; advantage over
Talk to them signal to them the key players need to know
Tactical or territorial wait and see. The class referee always has time!
Dont call them back bring them back
There is a difference between empathy and sympathy. The former is the trait of a good referee; the latter shows weakness.
Fitness is both physical and mental without the first the second becomes a struggle.
Make your own checklists use these. Go through them when training, when warming up, when pre-match briefing, at the next situation tackle, maul, ruck, scrummage, lineout, kick, injury, etc.
I hope the above will help focus your mind on the key issues. Physical fitness and speed of thought and reaction go hand in hand!
John R Masters