In the second installment of our weekly 101 Hints For Referees series by world renowned ex referee, Freek Burger, we look at the referee’s preparation in the week leading up to the game.
GETTING READY- During the week
- During the week after you have received your appointment for the next Saturday the following procedures leading to your match should be followed.
- Training on field and in gym. Speed work and shadow running must be part of your session after a good warm up and cool down.
- Don’t fake or hide an injury and you need to be 100% fit for match.
- If available watch video of your previous match or other match concentrating on the REFEREE and his performance.
- Read your LAWS, assessment report of previous match after discussion with assessor.
- Talk to your coach or mentor for the psychological preparation.
- Contact the school or club to confirm the location of the field if you are not familiar with it. DO NOT LEAVE THIS SMALL BUT IMPORTANT MATTER UNTIL THE MORNING OF MATCH.
- Also confirm the KICK OFF TIME AND THE COLOUR OF THE TEAMS JERSEYS so that you don’t run onto the field wearing the same colours as the teams. It is a good idea to pack an extra jersey especially when officiating in more than one match.
- Above procedures are very important ‘HOMEWORK’ for your match.
GETTING READY – Game day
- ARRIVE AT THE FIELD WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Be ready to enjoy the challenge of testing your management skills UNDER PRESSURE.
- Remind yourself of your purpose as a Referee. Ideally it should be to contribute to the TEAMS’ENJOYMENT of the game
- You can succeed in this if you
- Are concerned about the SAFETY OF PLAYERS PREVENTING AND STOPPING ALL FORMS OF DANGEROUS AND FOUL PLAY.
- ARE FAIR ,IMPARTIAL AND CONSISTANT.
- KNOW THE LAWS AND APPLY THEM CORRECTLY.
Before we get to the toss we will still concentrate for 2 weeks on GETTING READY.
Compiled and written by Freek Burger