Week 3 Recap
Again, thank you for covering games last week. I have not collected the match cards. Please e-mail me if there was any issues.
In this note I would like to recognize referee mentors. This season’s mentors are Steve Kubik, Amy Davies, and David Brannan. Referee mentoring is vital to retention of referees and the growth and success of the Region’s referee program. Again thank you for contributing the success of JCYSL’s Regional Referee Program.
Did you know there is technical area (coach box)? Even though the technical area is not marked, coaches and substitutes are required to be 1 yard of the touchline and can only go 10 yards on either side of the half-way line. Coaches do not have to remain on their half. However, if issues arise coaches can be restricted to their half. Coaches should never be allowed to travel up and down the entire touchline. Give me a shout if you have any questions. I can normally demonstrate this better on a field.
Be cautious of calling matches for the crowd. I refer to this is “ooh and awe” call. Be sure there is a foul before making the call. You will hear the “oohs and awes” when there is properly executed charge or tackle and one player ends up on the ground. I know you are required to make a decision within a few seconds. Take that extra second to make sure a foul did exist and that you are not reacting to the coaches or spectators. If all is well, one thing you can say is “No Foul or Fair Play”. Never say “Play On or Play” because that mean you are applying advantage clause. For advantage to applied, meaning you witnessed a foul and you are letting play to continue. More about advantage next week. You will also hear “Hand Ball”. First never correct the spectator because we all know the foul is handling. A quick verbal tool is “Ball Played the Hand” or “Driven Ball”. Driven ball means the ball was driven into the players hand either by a shot or hard kick. Again if you have any questions, give me a shout.
I will be at the fields all day. If you are available at the beginning and end of the day, I could use your help in setting up the tent for the referee area. We have a full match schedule this week. Please try to cover a game or two. In the afternoon, we have a visiting U-16 girls team as well as a U-19 match. In the past week 4 and 5 become challenging for referees. Coaches have now had four weeks with their players. And spectators have been to 3 matches. For some reason, they think this gives them the right to be more vocal towards referees. It will not be tolerated. If there are issues, get it noted on the match card or send me an e-mail. Details of the issue are important. If it is uncontrollable, stop the match and find me. I have know problems leaving a match to take care of this. Please remember to keep your cool and not be confrontational. It will be tough, but you have to remember that you are the trained professional. I have requested that board member be proactive in helping with unruly coaches and spectators.
Again, I thank you for volunteering with JCYSL. You efforts make matches more enjoyable for all parties involved.
Matt Byers – Regional Referee Administrator
AYSO Region 322
Jefferson County Youth Soccer League