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“Mentoring young referees to have eyes in the back” – Rodric Leerling

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Rodric Leerling, Leerling.biz, Sales Power Provider, RefRod, CoolBrandsPeople, Sportief Westfriesland.

The 15-year old rookie ref had a fair U17 game to handle. Boys slightly older than himself. But he did a good job despite being slightly timid and shy.

As experienced ref, it’s interesting to notice how some coaches react once they notice a rookie ref is assigned to their game. The smarter ones, seeing me too, realize there is a ref coach accompanying him and are careful what to say and how to behave. The less smarter one play the intimidation card and get booked (by me).

The rookie ref noticed most of the fouls, but missed a few tackles in the 1st half. It even happens to me. But when the young ref noticed a sub entering the field without a shirt number, he made note of it and asked their coach for an explanation during half time, with me present. The away coach mumbled something about shirts still at home, in the washer etc. But decided to get even and pay him a return visit, just when I was getting my tea. I noticed him walking to the locker room, thinking he would confirm the shirts being sorted. But instead he told him off, telling him he had a bad game so far, not noticing tackles and his players getting injured as result. My pupil ref looked shocked and intimidated as I missed the first part of his lecture.

When I walked to him, the less smarter coach looked at me and asked “what?” as I pointed to the exit. He will hear from us this week and hopefully become smarter, but also politer and more respectful towards rookie refs.

“Winter games” – Rodric Leerling

winter gamesMaybe there is a correlation between cold weather and lousy football games. Not only for the two teams, but also for the referee. Especially when he gets hit by a ball, smack on his mouth, his teeth cutting the upper lip. You feel numb for ten minutes, but with a little cold water the bleeding stops quickly. In hindsight though, I was kind of lost for a few minutes and made an error judgement shortly after, which I had to correct during half-time.

Not that the lucky away-team (yellow card withdrawn) was grateful. On the contrary, their coach kept yelling for yellow cards during second half. I warned him – one more call and he would be sent off to the stands himself. It did the trick. The home-team won 4-1 and despite their similar lousy performance, they thanked me for my effort to keep things under control. They only told me afterwards that the previous encounter resulted in two players been sent off, so they were relieved with no cards this time.

The defeated away-team didn’t bother to say thank-you and just walked off the pitch. But worse than that, they neither showed up for the formal digital paperwork. Nobody seemed to care to approve the game registration and this way missed the (recently installed) option to express their feeling towards the game. Well, it might come as a nasty surprise as I did it for them and awarded the highest score. A cold and lousy game upgraded after all.