Tag: winter

“I’m introducing video to support referee mentoring” – Rodric Leerling

“I’m introducing video to support referee mentoring” – Rodric Leerling

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

This weekend, the 2nd part of the football youth competition is supposed to start in the Netherlands. Since this week though, half of the nation is covered in snow and temps expected to stay below zero degrees Celsius. That part of Holland won’t play any football, that’s for sure.

But in my part, the western half, it’s frosty and snowy as well, but not all games have been cancelled yet. On the roster for tomorrow is a another new ref to accompany. It’s been a great experience ever since I finished the ref mentoring course. All the negative associations of a ref assessor don’t apply as I’m allowed to meet the ref before and afterwards. One is allowed to discuss his performance, hint on things during half time and I have even started sending video clips afterwards, showing the rookie ref what I meant in my written report.

Last week, I accompanied a relative experienced new ref – he already started five years ago – who needed a last push towards promotion. Somehow he had been neglected (his words) by the Football Assoc. I thought he did pretty well but should work on his condition and try to avoid long talks with players and coaches. I actually shot a video clip of how he took a player apart towards the end of the game, who should have been booked with a yellow card. Instead, he took him apart and said something (no gestures) and walked back slowly to the free kick spot, where the fouled team was waiting for the restart. Who’s time was being wasted here?

He was very grateful, not only for the positive report, but more so for the practical tips and, of course a novelty, receiving actual video proof of his performance and items to work on. I hope more mentors will start using their phones, not only to record your thoughts, but also to shoot quick clips.


“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.