how to be a good referee
Above all else, be consistent. Nothing drives
coaches, players, and fans into a rage faster than having a ref that doesn't
make calls both ways. Whether you call a strict game or a more relaxed game,
it has to be the same for both teams.
Don't be so quick with the whistle that the
players never get into the flow of the game. Some games require a strong
hand from the referee to keep players from getting out of control, but some
games are between two clean, physical teams. Let them play. If you feel that
emotions are starting to rise, by all means, take control. Don't let things
progress to the point you have to rely on yellow cards to regain control.
When refereeing games with young players,
it's often helpful to take a few seconds and explain the call to the
players. Those new to the game may not completely understand all of the
rules, so a brief explanation helps them in their development.
There are situations that occur during a
hard fought match that the rule book states is a violation, but neither team
gains the slightest advantage from the situation. What if, for instance, a
ball takes a bounce and inadvertently grazes a players arm. If the violating
team doesn't gain an advantage from the play, blowing a whistle would only
serve to stop the flow of the game, and give the ball to the team that
already had possession, possibly allowing the other team the opportunity to
reset their defense. If the violation was accidental,there is no advantage
gained, and blowing the whistle would only serve to affect the flow of the
game, then let the players play.
Above all else remember, the referee is not
there to be central figure in the match. It is your job to keep control of
the game, and interpret the rules. If you can do that without calling undue
attention to yourself, so much the better.