2014 ERSL Referee Appointment Policy

As approved by the ERSL Operations Committee, February 26 2014

This document shall be an annex to the ERSL Terms of League Operations (TOLO).

Referee Appointments

All referee appointments shall be made in Ref Centre and all referees must complete their game report in Ref Centre. Ref Centre is integrated with the ERSL's League Management System, and the Referee's game report is a fundamental part of league operations, including the Discipline system. Referee appointments shall be made in accordance with the OSA Referee Appointments Classification Table, and the additional requirements set forth in this Policy.

Delegation of Referee Appointments

U21 Referees and Assistant Referees
Assignment of Referees and Assistant Referees for U21 matches is delegated to the EODSA and SOSA.

U13 to U18 Referees
Assignment of Referees for U13 to U18 games is delegated to the EODSA and SOSA.

U13 to U18 Assistant Referees
Assignment of Assistant Referees for U13 to U18 games is delegated to the Home Club and is mandatory for all ERSL and ER Cup games.

U9 to U12 Referees

Assignment of Referees for U9 to 12 games is delegated to Home Clubs. Assistant referees are suggested but not mandatory.

Referee Payment


The ERSL Schedule of Referee Fees will be used for all ERSL games, regardless of the District the game is played in. Referee payment is the responsibility of the delegated District or the delegated Home Club.


ERSL Referee Competency Requirements


In addition to the OSA Referee Appointments Classification Table, the ERSL requires the following:

1.    Youth Referees (14-15 yrs) - Prior to being appointed as a Referee for an ERSL match, each Youth Referee must have completed 10 appointments;

2.    District Referees (16 yrs or older) - Prior to being appointed as a Referee for an ERSL match, each District Referee must have completed 5 appointments; and

3.    Assistant Referees - Prior to being appointed as an Assistant Referee for an ERSL match, each Youth Referee must complete the ERSL Assistant Referee Training Program.


Referee Review


The ERSL has each team complete a game feedback report that includes questions about the referee. This feedback, in conjunction with other documentation received by the ERSL, the EODSA and member clubs, will be used by the ERSL Referees Committee to determine if there are any deficiencies in conduct or performance on the part of individual referees. The ERSL Director of Referees will work with the District Referee Coordinators and Club Head Referees to resolve these issues.


Excluding Referees from ERSL Game Appointments


The ERSL reserves the right to exclude individual referees from being assigned to specific ERSL Divisions, or all ERSL Divisions. Before such a decision is made, the ERSL Director of Referees will ensure all efforts are made with the Referee, the DRC and the Club Head Referee, if applicable, to resolve identified deficiencies. The deficiencies, and efforts to address the identified deficiencies’ will be documented, and discussed with the referee, prior to the referee being excluded from ERSL game appointments.

Discipline

1.    Referee's failing to submit their game report in Ref Centre in accordance with the League's Rules and Regulations will be referred to the appropriate District for discipline;

2.    Failure of the Home Club to assign a Referee or Assistant Referee in Ref Centre shall result in a fine equal to twice the Referee's fee set out in the EODSA Schedule of Fees; and

3.    Failure of the Home Club to assign a Referee or Assistant Referee in accordance with the OSA Referee Appointments Classification Table, and the additional requirements set forth in this Policy, shall result in a fine equal to twice the Referee's fee set out in the EODSA Schedule of Fees.


Disposition of Fines

All fines collected as a result of the Discipline Provisions of this Policy shall be sent to the appropriate District at the end of each season. The fines shall be designated for use by the appropriate Club to pay for Referee development during the following season. Funds not used in the following season may be used by the appropriate District for referee development.

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