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Respect for the Officials
Submitted By Referee Co-Ordinator on Saturday, May 6, 2017
Ever wonder what it is like to be a teenager in the middle of a field being criticized loudly, with foul language to boot, over your performance, when you're doing your best? Would you yell at your child like that over a missed kick, a missed goal? Would you put up with a coach who continually berated your child's lack of decisiveness, drive, decision making, and ability as a soccer player? As a coach, would you like to have the parents on your team yelling at you over the team roster, tactics, performance, win / loss record?  

The answer is probably not.

Those of us that try and help them improve our Referee's knowledge and skills find it tough penetrating the outer shells, to try and have them put a more human face to their referee skills. Maybe it's time that just once, in one game this season, we back off, maybe take the time to go to the youngster after the game and say thanks. Maybe we offer a little help to those organizations trying to retain , improve and mentor these youngsters to become better at what they do. Hey, if we can do it at one game, let's try for more. Maybe we will start enjoying the games, seeing more youngsters getting better at the job of refereeing the games.

Give the kids a break - they are doing their best.

As stated earlier, it is difficult to recruit referees, so it is important that we create a positive and enjoyable environment for them. Many of the referees are young members of our communities, and should not have to endure abuse from adults! Would you like it if YOUR child was subjected to this kind of treatment? As adults, fans, and parents we have a responsibility to show leadership and appropriate behavior. With this in mind, Strathroy Soccer and the leagues in which it operates have a zero tolerance towards harassment and abuse of Referees.

The following are guidelines for dealing with incidents surrounding Referees and Parents:

  • Parents are NOT to approach or harass the referee in any way.

  • If a Parent feels the Referee is calling a game in such a way that is jeopardizing the safety of their child, and the Coach does not agree, the Parent can remove their child from the game.

  • If a Parent is harassing a Referee, the Referee may ask the Coach to speak with the offending parent. If the harassment continues, the Referee may abandon the game, reporting the incident accordingly. If the game is abandoned, the offending team loses by default.

We hope that all issues and incidents between coaches, parents and referees can be settled in a positive, constructive way. We do encourage anyone with concerns to forward them in writing to Strathroy United FC.


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