1. Safety, safety, safety.
If one player/Ref isn't being safe on AND off the field, NO ONE is safe at all. The Ref's primary job is to make sure that everyone, (Including Refs AND players) is safe. [If another Ref is causing an unsafe situation, see part 4 below]
2. Rules and regulations.
Every Ref on and off the field must KNOW the rules of the field inside and out and MUST inforce them without weakness or uncertanity. When a Ref makes a call, he/she MUST know that they're following/enforcing the regulations of the field. Doing this, will avoid all the unpleasentries of arguing and bickering with players or Refs in the future. [If you are uncertain if you or other Refs are aware of certain rules, call for a quick Ref huddle to clarify the specifics with all the Refs. Doing so will make all of you as one body and mind, so not to gender strifes among yourselves]
3. Co-operation with your fellow Refs.
The ONLY way to maintain control of the games and players in a positive light, is to have EVERY Ref on and off the field to be in total agreement on the rules and regulations. The most important aspect of this angle is that you MUST ALWAYS (not maybe, almost always or sometimes) be unified in your calls in the presence of players/customers.
NEVER EVER confront another Ref in view or earshot of any players. It makes all of the Refs look like children fighting over who gets to play the XboX first. Once you've set that image for yourselves, you'll have little, or no authority at all.
A new Ref calls a player out for splatter smaller than the size of a quarter. The 'hit' player comes to you and complains that he wasn't hit and explains in detail exactly what happened.
You response should be;
Once the game ends, approach the new Ref in PRIVATE and ask for his side of the story. If he was in the wrong, explain why, and how to avoid further problems of similar origin.
4. Player's/customer's needs/cares/concerns.
It is imperative that we keep our Player's/customer's needs at heart. Not doing so will result in you or others being out of a job.
Let me put it this way;
When a player comes to a field for the first time, there are three things they ALWAYS remember:
A. Prices. The cost of one day of play.
B. The field's awesomeness/sweetness/even-ness/cool-ness OR lack thereof.............
C. YOUR customer service, and overall attitude.
The order of the above will very from player to player, for me; C. B. A. for you it could be B. A. C..
The point here is,
there's nothing you, as a Ref can do to make the field more 'awesome' in the thirty minutes you have to get ready for the day ahead.
there's nothing you as a Ref can do to make the cost smaller for the consumer.
YOU are in fact, the one of the BIGGEST factors that desides weather or not the player will return again.
A Referee is a form of authority.
To the player, you have power to make or break their day of play, by making good calls, bad calls or by not calling anything at all.
***You have the power to be a friendly big brother who gives pointers before and after the game to the younger players, OR be a big scary bully.
***You can treat older players with the respect that they [think] they're entitled to, OR tick them off by not giving them respect and send them home telling everyone they know that your field reeks of hot garbage.
***You may respond to questions with; "Yes sir." and "No sir.", OR you can answer with; "Whatever.", "I don't care.", "I'm not in charge.", "So?" or "Beats me.".
You see where I'm going with this?
Just by your speech, facial expressions and overall character you can not only impress your players, but give them REALLY good reasons to return another day.
I really, really REALLY want some more stuff to add to this. If anyone would like to post their thoughts on what a Referee's priorities, code of conduct, creed, what-have-you should be, PLEASE post up.
This post has been edited by Dr. Wiggy: 06 March 2007 - 03:04 PM