Samples of referee feedback

Throughout the 2014/15 season we have encouraged team representatives to provide feedback on referee performances.  Below are a few samples (redacted) of the type of feedback that has been received:


What did you observe as being the referee’s strong points?:

Very strong laws knowledge and good control of match at breakdown.

What are some areas that you think the referee could improve on?:

Not sure, ref did an outstanding job.

Other comments:

Our game is a technical game involving mauling and a variety of scrum moves, all of which require a referee with a command of the laws (offside in particular at mauls) plus the ability to know when not to stop play as well. Ref did a great job.


What did you observe as being the referee’s strong points?:

Fairly consistent with calls for both teams.

What are some areas that you think the referee could improve on?:

There were a few times where the ref awarded the opponents additional territory after a penalty advantage. So after advantage had been played the ref lost track of where the original penalty occurred and spotted it significantly beyond the point of where the ball and opponent had advanced.

Other comments:

My primarily complaint was an occasion I was penalized. The penalty was for a late hit, he brought me and my captain over for a talk. I was told the hit wasn’t necessarily late, but I had time to not hit the opponent as hard as I did. So from what I gathered it wasn’t an illegal hit, I just tackled someone too hard immediately after they got rid of the ball.


What did you observe as being the referee’s strong points?:

Fittest referee we have had.

What are some areas that you think the referee could improve on?:

Communication:
Arrived at the field with less than 10 minutes before scheduled start
No pregame introductions or discussion conducted with players.
Uses incorrect hand signals.
Makes a call once and often too quietly for players to hear. This creates confusion on the field.
His use of the whistle is too quiet. It is the tool given to a referee to gain players attention, but he does not use it.
Didn’t have red or yellow cards. Held up an indeterminate piece of paper.

Did not manage binding problems in scrum. Never spoke to captain or offending players.
Allowed mauls to be collapsed.
Allowed lifting of player in mauls.
Allowed improper binding of front row.

Allowed offsides and fringing to go unchecked on both teams as unable to see them.

Other comments:

Lack of experience often shows, as he seems to second guess and retract calls. Knowledge of forward play and set pieces seems to be lacking, as well as around the breakdown.


What did you observe as being the referee’s strong points?:

Always keeps up with play. Great positional play. Excellent facilitation. Crisp calls. Good explanation. Handled a tightly contested game with class and swift efficiency. And a great attitude. Punished dangerous play appropriately and controlled the match without ruffling any feathers.

What are some areas that you think the referee could improve on?:

Might challenge the touch judges a bit more. (But that’s always tough at the collegiate level when dealing with team biases.)

Other comments:

Ref doesn’t get enough credit. He has, over the last three years, become one of the better referees in SCRRS. Well done!


What did you observe as being the referee’s strong points?:

Was excited to referee, was fit, was even in calls to both teams. allowed the game to flow fairly well.

What are some areas that you think the referee could improve on?:

No referee. Although he refereed a fair game and new all the main rules he was lacking in some more technical aspects. He had two highly qualified AR’s and conferred with them (perhaps too much). Opposition team started losing players to injury that affected their front row so scrums went to uncontested. He then made the call that scrum numbers had to match and were reduced to 7, then 5 and ended the last 10 mins of the game with only 3 person uncontested scrums. This heavily hindered Pasadena’s ability to open up the field and get our much needed bonus point try (potentially crucial) in our Division points total.


What did you observe as being the referee’s strong points?:

All of them. Moved the game well. Communicates very clearly to the players. Positional play is excellent. Has superb control of the match. Has a flawless application of both flow and the advantage well. Very conscientious about the health and well-being of the players. Sees the field as well as any ref we have had. Finally, has the respect of the players from both sides in spades. (And the players know.)

What are some areas that you think the referee could improve on?:

None that I could see.

Other comments:

We had referee for two matches for the spring of 2015. On both occasions, his calls were spot on, precise and unbiased. He is the equal to any ref I’ve seen in California. Recommend him highly…and glad to have him back any time.


What did you observe as being the referee’s strong points?:

Good Positioning
Kept calm and firm and in charge of the game
Didn’t go to the pocket too quickly, preferred to talk to Captains.
Good fitness

What are some areas that you think the referee could improve on?:

Needs to talk more to the players ” back number 4″ etc
Needs to play more advantage , because the whistle was blown far too much in the first half, and it had its effect on the game.
Second half when he did let the game flow, it had a much better effect.

Other comments:

Obviously a competent referee, keep up the good work and thank you for your service. We wish you luck advancing to the next level


What did you observe as being the referee’s strong points?:

Correct decision for the high tackle, leading to a sin bin for the player.

What are some areas that you think the referee could improve on?:

Consistency with decisions. A number of penalties were awarded that were correct, but then the same penalty should have been awarded for similar conditions but were missed.

Other comments:

The referee had the incorrect score at the end of the match. Both teams had the same scoreline on their running score sheet and the scores and timings match. This is a serious concern for future matches that must be addressed.

A yellow card was issued to an attacking player. He was tackled but continued to drive while carrying the ball and eventually was taken to the ground. The referee classed this as dangerous play but since he was attacking and carrying the ball I did not agree that this was a correct decision.