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My Path

I've wanted to referee for as long as I can remember, recently I have noticed that instead of ball watching during a game I am ref watching, ( which I must admit has led to almost being run over by oversized forwards on more than one occasion ).

So as a player, coach and father I seemed to spend most weekends especially Sundays at the rugby club. Finally I made the decision to add the refereeing skill to my book, through the club I booked on an ELRA course which I would recommend to everyone who was thinking about it, I know Im preaching to the converted but it was a definite eye opener.

Jumping in at the deep end, as soon as I got home after completing said course I fired of an email to my local referee society expressing my interest for referring the next available match. I got a kind reply stating the next monthly meeting place,date and time. With the enticing extra of a special guest speaker being one of the premiership referees I have placed that date in my diary.

To get to the ending of my first week I have spoken to my youth chair and organised to referee an under tens team, which I have been reliable reassured will please the coach who would otherwise have to do it himself. So as long as I survive the massacre of under 10s I will recall my experience.

I think the waiting is the worst

  1. Self - Evaluation

    I did not have the best start to this season, I was supposed to run the Bournemouth marathon on the 6th of October but in the first friendly of the season I managed to break my MCL off my knee leading me to 8 weeks off. this gave me the opportunity I was waiting for to finish my ELRA. my first game was offered from my club after the society ref wasn't available and I jumped at it. my positioning was poor, my whistle technique was dire and I just wasn't running anywhere, well it wasn't the start ...
  2. 1st Game

    to start with i sat up in bed, to the annoyance of her indoors, reading the variations for U10's. only a few do and donts so not too much to worry about.

    i arrived in plenty of time to our club, no change there then, spoke to the U10's coach to see if they had been informed of my willingness to be the sacrificial lamb. funny enough neither had been told but were more than happy for me to do it.

    as the away team arrived a sense of de ja vue hit me as not 1 but 3 of the opposition ...