Maintain rapport with captains and players. This begins when the referee arrives at the ground
Be pro-active through communication, rather than reactive with constant whistle
Recognise that the style of team play and player ability will affect the refereeing of that fixture
It is most important to read the game, identify what is going on around you
If the game is disjointed with poor skill level (and you are even becoming frustrated), only through strong law application and game understanding will it improve
Easing up or letting offences go (i.e .trying to make a game of it) will only make the game worse
If you are an A/R on a fixture, remember you are NOT refereeing the game i.e . A/R’s are responsible for signaling, touch, touch-in-goal, signaling kicks at goal and indicating foul play. While you can also provide assistance to the referee in the performance of any of the referee's duties, your main duties are those as listed, and in particular assistance in foul play situations.
(2) FOUL PLAY MANAGEMENT DURING THE GAME
o Late, early or high tackles and charges (e.g . shoulder) o “Cheap” shots (e.g. elbows, shoulder), and those big hits where there’s yahooing afterwards! o Players on the ground after a tackle; arriving players climbing in top o Interference or running obstruction o Pillars or guard dogs and the ruck/maul phase o Language and/or sledging, particularly at school lower club grade level o Scrums: halfback touching the scrums; halfbacks obstructing each other, No 7’s – changing angle, sticking leg out in attempt to prevent non-feeding halfback following the ball.
Be confident and eyeball defenders
Be prepared to act strongly and swiftly if the situation demands – MAKE THE HARD CALLS
Remember, justice must be seen to be done, especially by the non-offending teams
Take your time following the offence ; be cool, calm and collected. Do not finger point or handle players
Take your time restarting the game, shorten advantage if necessary, do not allow prolonged rucking or mauling until you feel you have the game back under control
Sin Bin – use where appropriate, especially for persistent or wilful infringements
(3) REPORTING PROCESS
ALL SIN BINS AND ORDERING OFFS MUST BE REPORTED ON THE APPROPRIATE FORMS AND FORWARDED TO THE ASSOCIATION
PLEASE REPORT ANY BRAWLS DURING THE GAME – THESE ARE OCCURING TOO FREQUENTLY AND THE ASSOCIATION AND HBRFU DO NOT OFTEN HEAR ABOUT THEM. IF SPECTATORS ARE INVOLVED TRY AND GET THEIR NAMES(S) IF POSSIBLE.
IT IS MOST IMPORTANT WE HEAR ABOUT INCIDENCES OF FOUL PLAY. WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THESE TEAMS SO APPROPRIATE REFEREES CAN BE APPOINTED THE FOLLOWING WEEK(S).
Alan Mettrick Referee Coach
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