For the last 6 years Leichhardt Saints has run a very successful Junior Referee Program and we are hoping to have the program again this year. Learning to referee is a great skill. It also offers the kids a real opportunity to build confidence and take on responsibility. It is amazing how many skills a junior ref needs that are incredibly useful life skills such as being decisive and learning how to make mistakes and move on.
Starting out as Game Leader for our MiniRoos games (Under 6 & 7) at King George Park is a great way to start developing these skills in a supported environment.
Note: The official for a MiniRoos game is called the Game Leader. The don’t have a referee for their games
What does being a Junior Referee involve?
Junior Referees (JR) will act as Game Leaders the U6, U7, U8 & U9 games played on Saturday mornings at King George Park. There are also U8 & u9 girls games on Sunday mornings that we optionally cover.
- Only teams willing to support the JRs will have Game Leaders allocated to their games. Normally the U6, U7, U8 and U9s are required to supply their own referee.
- JRs will wear special bibs that say ‘Junior Referee in training’.
- The JR must be accompanied to all games by a parent or carer. Running a game is a big responsibility and backup is required should any situation arise JRs might not be equipped to handle. For example, difficult parents who think this is the World Cup
- Patience, self-reliance & initiative also come in handy
Being a Game Leader is a dual role. Not only do the JRs need to know the rules & keep the game going, they are also helping the MiniRoos who are still learning how to play. The JRs will also be expected to show players the correct way to do things when they are unsure.
How often JRs will be scheduled to ref a game will depend on how many sign up for the program. There are around 3-8 games each week at KGP. Depending on interest the JR’s may or may not be allocated a game every weekend.
Training, Mentoring and Parents
- A parent or carer must accompany their child/JR at all times. Parents can organise to cover a group of JRs, but this is not a club/organiser responsibility.
- JRs will be supplied with written information outlining rules for MiniRoos and how to be a Game Leader.
- Initial orientation and ongoing training will be provided by a CRA referee. In the first session, JRs can watch MiniRoos games and discuss decisions and approach
- Mentors will support the Game Leaders for the first few weeks until they are confident and competent. The Club provided a overall Ground Officer at King George Park and team officials will also be asked to support our young Game Leaders.
- A program volunteer is required to coordinate activities for each year. This is usually the parent of a participant.
To be eligible, players must be at least 12 years old, registered with LSFC and be accompanied by a parent/carer.
The important stuff – a free snag & a drink from the canteen
In recognition of the important role Game Leaders will play, they will receive a free sausage on a roll and a drink from the canteen. Once they have attained a general level of skills (generally at least 2 separate sessions) JRs will also be paid a small fee of $10 per day (not game). This gives them something to aim for and encourages persistence.
If you wish to nominate your child please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org