Referee Guidelines

We found this on one of our client’s websites and thought it was pretty good:

While all referees are independent contractors, referees who wish to work in our Soccer Club need to be aware of what the Club expects:

The main theme is Professionalism.

Professionalism consists of:
1. Preparation.  Know the Laws.  Go over them regularly.  Don’t assume just because you passed the test and/or play regularly that you know everything cold.  Know and practice procedures and signals.
2. Personal Improvement.  You should try to learn one or two things from each game and always try to improve your performance.  Help your fellow referees to improve through constructive feedback.  Discuss situations to get alternative viewpoints.
3. Arrive at the field far enough ahead of time (a minimum of twenty minutes) to do a professional pre-game routine, including discussion with your crew, field and safety check, player rosters and equipment check, and introduction to coaches.  If you are the Center – you are in charge, even if you are junior to one of the other crew members – take charge, but don’t be afraid to ask for help.
4. Appearance.  Be in uniform when you arrive at the field. If you have to change, clothes or even shoes – do it in the parking lot. Leave the flip-flops in the car.
5. Demeanor.  Be confident, firm, but polite and respectful.  Treat players, coaches, and spectators the way you would like to be treated – even if they are not according you the same respect.  Remember, our job is to make the game work smoothly – to allow the players to be safe and have fun.
6. Reporting.  Center referees (except for Rec-Plus) must send their game reports in on time. Club Referee Assignor should receive a copy of every report. 
7. Problems.  If you have game problems, say with fields, players, coaches, spectators, etc. that are not important enough to note in the game report, but nevertheless were bothersome, please let the Assignor know.  We cannot deal with issues that we don’t know about.  The Club and the District have a low threshold for tolerating outside factors that impinge on games.

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