SCRRS Process for Red Cards

Posted by Bill Caulfield on February 27th, 2010

By Steve Vent
SCRFU disciplinary committee chairman

During the match

1. Witness the red card infraction. Keep in mind that this is a serious matter, and if you do not actually witness the incident or get the word from your assistant referee as to what happened, do not issue a red card – your creditability is at stake.

2. Make sure to get the correct individual who committed the red card infraction (jersey number should be recognized). There have been times that the wrong person was picked out which created a great deal of problems for the disciplinary committee.

3. Stop play and call both the player who is getting the red card and his captain over to you, away from both teams. Sometimes it helps to take a moment to compose your thoughts before you speak with the player involved. I recommend this because some referees have had their adrenaline going and have done a bad job flying off the handle and thus not set a good example as an official of the game. Some referees have told me that if they had just taken a moment to compose their thoughts they would not have issue a red card and handled things differently.

4. Ask the player his name, write it down with the proper spelling and confirm this with the captain. Sometimes it helpful to confirm this with the team coach.

5. When you have the player and captain called over, in a calm voice explain what you witnessed and state your intention to issue a red card.

6. Issue the red card and tell the player that he is automatically suspended for eight (8) days or one game if their next game is more than eight days away. The suspension is automatic and you should also inform that player that the SCRFU disciplinary could make the suspension longer if they see fit to do so.

7. If you believe that the infraction could be more serious than the automatic suspension, then try to see if anyone happens to be making a video what might have the incident. The SCRFU disciplinary committee will want a copy of the tape; please get the name and phone number of the person doing the video.

8. Continue the game, but if this incident could lead to more problems, I would suggest that you call both captains over and speak with them. Tell them that is the end of problems and you do not want to have to issue any more red cards (this does not have to do with red cards as much as it has to do with keeping control of the rest of game).

After the game

9. After the game confirm the red-carded player’s information with his coach and remind the coach that the player has the automatic eight (8) days or one game suspension.

10. After the game write down on the match report under ‘discipline’ what took place, along with the name and CIPP number of the player. If you had qualified assistant referees, please get their name(s) and phone number(s) also, in case the disciplinary committee needs to speak with them about the incident.

11. Keep a copy of the information and give the match report to the winning team to be mailed in.

12. Within 48 hours of the incident, while the details are fresh and you have all of the information together, use the online form to write up and submit a SCRRS disciplinary report, which will go to Gary Patterson and Steve Vent, the SCRFU disciplinary committee chairman.

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