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“Three good assessor reports, and now we wait” – Rodric Leerling

“Three good assessor reports, and now we wait” – Rodric Leerling

This week I received my 3rd and last ref assessment report of this futsal season. I’m proud to say, they were three pretty good and steady reports with an average of 8.20 which gets me well positioned for promotion to a higher ref league. At least, so much I was told by one of my assessors the other day.

Well, I don’t hold my breath as I’ve been here before. In fact, two years ago during a ref rule test, they asked who was ambitious and looking for ways to climb the ref career ladder? I raised my hand and was assigned three different mentors. After a couple of games, it all looked very positive, but it took forever to break the results. Vague stories increasingly sounded like an excuse and they foreboded less good news.

Then the phone rang just before the new season was about to start. My mentor started with “I know you did very well and I received really good reports about you, but…” It turned out there were five ambitious refs and only one promotion spot. The impression from the start was they were looking for fresh new refs and with a little extra mentoring we would all make it up to the next level. But for some weird reason they picked another guy and I was left in the league I was active in this season. So, even with three good new scores, I still reckon it might end up the same as last year.  It will probably take another five months before they break the news.

“Make sure you give the right signals, both in life and on the pitch” – Rodric Leerling

“Make sure you give the right signals, both in life and on the pitch” – Rodric Leerling

Yesterday, I appealed to an assessor’s report on my last game. The report landed in my mailbox within 36hrs after the game, which raised eyebrows. How can you write a report and also have it be checked on spelling errors, inconsistency etc. in this short time span? I’m almost certain it wasn’t.

I won’t bore you with the exact reasons for the appeal, but the most important reason is because the new judging system doesn’t make sense to me (and many referees think the same). But this particular report contained weird sentences and looked copied/pasted. Clearly not read twice, so I don’t understand some of the key comments. Good reason to appeal.

This brought me back to previous reports which I tried to read and with the honest intention to learn from an assessor’s view. One of them wrote “I should smile a bit more often, to show I’m enjoying my hobby”. I was flabbergasted by this remark. Not the prescribed hand signals, nor my rule interpretation or overall game management, but my physical appearance was criticized. Nothing I can do about my looks when I’m concentrated, sorry.

The contrast between the (too) fast delivery and appeal procedures can’t be more in contrast: 4-6 weeks waiting for the verdict. That’s after this competition is over.