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.