What Should A Referee Do At Half Time?

Posted by SCRRS Website Committee on October 26th, 2009

Does it matter what he does? Will it affect his performance?

Most referees use this time to reflect on how the first half went. They discuss the game with their Assistant Referee’s and are scanning for pointers. Some do this in order to hear from the Assistant Referee’s how well they are reffing. Others will use reasoning to justify the mistakes they made or even cover their butts by making excuses.

I guess there is not a specific way to spend the time but there are certainly things that we should not do, lets list them:

  • Do not get involved with discussions with coaches.
  • Do not change your clothes, especially your shorts in full view if the crowd.
  • Do not talk to an assessor or have him talking to you.
  • Do not fish for pats on the back from your Assistant Referee’s; they will compliment you if applicable.
  • Do not have a replay of the first have in detail, certainly not the mistakes you made, this is negative and need not enter your thoughts at this stage.
  • Do not ponder on what went wrong in the first half for the same reasons as above.
  • Do not think about the game at all if possible.

Here’s what most of us do:

  • If in the change room, sit and get the feet up.
  • Have an energy drink.
  • Talk about things not game related, in fact crack a joke or two if possible.
  • Run through your game plan thoughts to prepare for the next half.
  • If you have to think about the first half, then think and concentrate on the good calls you made and the positive rugby that was played.

The message is fairly simple in that we should not exhaust ourselves by concentrating on the game for too long. Take a break and if you feel like it, have a Kit Kat (or your choice of chocolate bar or snicky-snack).

Happy reffing!

Referee Advice

Say commands once. When you say commands over and over, you’re teaching the players that they don’t have to do it first time you say it. Say it once and hold them to it. Instead of saying it again, play advantage or penalize the player. — Bruce Carter (NCRRS)

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