2016 ERSL Referee Appointment Policy

As approved at the 2015 AGM

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

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

·         U13 to U18 Assistant Referees
Assignment and payment of Assistant Referees for U13 to U18 games is delegated to the Home Club and is mandatory for all ERSL Regional and District Competitive League games and ER Cup/Shield games

·         U9 to U12 Centre Referees
Assignment and payment of Referees for U9 to 12 games is delegated to Home Clubs. Assistant referees are suggested but not mandatory.


Referee Payment
The EODSA 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.

Canceled and Abandoned Games

The ERSL utilizes the EODSA Policy for Abandoned and Canceled games.   The Club of any team who causes the abandonment or cancellation of a game will pay the referee fees for that game and any other applicable fees or fines as outlined in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.

In the event that a game is abandoned before completion due to circumstances outside of the control of either team, including but not limited to inclement weather, the referee fees for the abandoned game will be split and paid 50% by each team’s 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 attend the ERSL Assistant Referee Training every other year.

*A youth referee is a referee who has passed the entry level but is under 16 years of age - they are reclassified to a District referee automatically on their 16th birthday.



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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