Written by Jackie Larson
Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00
REFEREE PRE-SEASON INFORMATION
**** IMPORTANT REMINDER ****
You must complete a Criminal Record Check every 36 months by an agency approved by BCSA. You must also register with BCSA and take a refresher course. As per BCSA Rule 18: No person shall officiate as a referee in any competition under the sanction of the Association who is not on the official list, except in unforeseen circumstances.
Check the BCCGSL and MSL on-line league manuals for their idiosyncrasies.
FIELDS AND MISCELLANEOUS
In the 4 District (Boys) Guide (page 4): call the field conditions number 604-473-6206, after 1 pm on Fridays or check out the Vancouver Parks website. to determine if the game is on grass or all-weather fields. If the grass fields are closed, DO NOT let teams convince you to go to the grass under any circumstances.
Do your best to start games on time as if the 9 am game starts late then all games scheduled will be late. The rule is that as soon as the teams have 7 players the game must be started.
As players must be in proper strip, so should referees – to set an example.
It is not part of your job, nor do we want you, to contact team officials about the game that you have been assigned to referee.
BCSA PHOTO ID
Prior to the start of the game the front and back of all BCSA photo ID cards will be checked by the referee. The referee will then check off the “tick” box on the team list. The photo ID cards will be retained until the game is over, and only the cards of players that have not been ejected will be returned.
Players and team officials without validated BCSA photo ID will be ineligible to play, coach or manage. Exception will require written permission from the District Discipline Chair or, when specific to registration, the District Registrar. This would have been done in advance of their game.
If the team official(s) choose to play an ineligible player, or for themselves to coach/manage, without a validated ID card the referee will inform the opposition. The person will be allowed to play, coach or manage however the referee will include this in his game report and the team official(s) will assume responsibility with regards to the discipline outcome.
Hand-deliver photo ID’s to Jackie Larson at 788 East 30th Avenue by Monday latest. Do not mail them. Jackie can be reached at 604-879-9948 if you have any questions or concerns.
BCC Girls’ Expulsions
Hand-deliver photo ID’s to David Joseph at 3079 West 43rd Avenue by Monday latest. Do not mail them. David can be reached at 604-726-6214 if you have any questions of concerns.
TEAM LIST - PROCEDURE
- Two copies of the team list and the photo ID’s must be given to you before the game. The Ref or his/her assistants must check all players against the team list and the ID cards. All players’ full names and jersey numbers must be on the team list. Turn the cards over to make sure that they are all for this team. It is not good enough to have the photo ID given to you – you must check them!
- Sign one copy of the team list and give it to the opposing team. Keep the other copy in case there is a protest.
- Keep the photo ID cards until the end of the game at which time you will keep the card of any expelled player or team official reported for misconduct.
Where field configuration permits, team officials and their players must stand on one side of the field while both team spectators will stand on the opposite side of the field.
Note: You have to show respect to get respect. If you hand out cards do not make comments about one team to another (for example “worst team I’ve ever refereed.”)
If it is brought to your attention that a player is suspended ask his team official to have him stay back 50 feet from the sidelines to avoid further problems.
HANDS OFF PLEASE!
If you are trying to get a player’s attention – DO NOT put your hands on him to do so. In this day and age you could face an assault charge.
For example: in the case of a player, or team official you’ve had to expel – speak directly to him and say that he is not allowed to be involved in the handshake and he should go to the sidelines. If he does not comply do not get involved further, but put it in your discipline report. If it was a player who has chosen to go into the handshake line, approach his team official to get him out of the line. DO NOT get into a confrontational situation if you can help it.
FILLING OUT YOUR PAPERWORK
4-District Boys: It is NOT necessary to fill out a game report on the BCSA site if there was no misconduct to report.
Enter your cautions and ejections on the BCSA Discipline website www.bcsoccer.net by not later than Sunday nights. Please double-check the spelling of the players’ names and make sure the first and last names are in the proper order
Red Card Ejection: reports must be explicit. As you are not at the discipline hearing your report is all we have to go by. If it was a fight was it with an open palm or a closed fist? Did the player actually hit the opposing player? How many times? Or was it an attempt to hit? Did the opposing player retaliate? Who was the instigator?
- If it’s a fight that involves a player from each team you will refer to the opposing player’s involvement. Who started it? If a player came from the sidelines we need to know.
- If you know who was more aggressive, report that, if not don’t guess.
- Do not use terms like: “In my opinion”, “In my view”, or things like “I feel one game should be sufficient.”, or “Throw the book at him!”
- The Discipline Committee has guidelines and you should not indicate to the player or his coach how many games you think the player will or should get.
If it was language who was it directed at? No one in particular? At a specific person? To you, as the referee? What was said? You don’t have to use the F word but we do have to know what was said. As in “he called me a F….A…..and told me I needed glasses.”
Remember you can’t card spectators but you must report their misconduct and/or the team officials’ lack of assisting you in controlling their fans.
GETTING PAID FOR YOUR GAMES
Report your games on the VYSA website – preferably not later than the end of each weekend. Cut-off dates to submit game reports: October 29, December 10, February 27 – any reports coming in after these dates will be paid on the next pay period.
It’s especially important to complete your season’s end reports so that you can be paid in a timely fashion. April/May = Extra pay dates for those referees doing Provincial Cup games. For additional information see the League Guide that pertains to the game you’ve been assigned.
Pre-Season Supplemental Information
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