Referee Code

Modify rules to match the skills and age of the players.
• Use common sense to ensure that the “spirit of the game” for children is not lost by “over refereeing” the game.

• Actions speak louder than words. Ensure that both on and off the field, your behaviour is consistent with the principals of good sportsmanship.

• Compliment both teams on their good play, whenever such praise is deserved.

• Be consistent, objective and courteous.

• Condemn the deliberate foul as being unsportsmanlike, thus retaining respect for fair play.

• Be a good communicator.

• Have empathy with the players.

• Be unobtrusive, but exercise firmness.

• Be calm when player/spectators passions are high.

Remember when refereeing; Consistency and Continuity of play.