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    Hi all,

    I've recently taken on a new role in my Society focusing on recruiting youngsters to take up the whistle.

    I'd be interested in hearing of any experiences, innovations, processes, what's worked/hasn't worked, etc from the hive (i.e. you lot).

    I'll be happy to share back anything from this end.

    Cheers.
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    Good stuff....

    (You're showing your age!)

    I'm in a similar situation.

    Not sure where to start but I think it's an admirable intention!

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    Recruiting in groups- we found yunger refs who came together in a group helped them stick. One younger ref in a larger older community may find it easier to quit.

    Get wise to the social media maaaaaaan. Apparently ver yoof are using all these apps that we perhaps might not be. It helps with recruitment and with staying in touch.

    And be prepared to accept that sometimes the kids may not show the same levels of commitment that older refs do.
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    As well as having an ‘elder’ to mentor and bring on new refs, try to engage a younger member of the society to buddy up with them.

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    social media

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    Get the local teams where the youngster has her/his early games to buy in and be encouraging rather than taking advantage of inexperience.

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    you actually need to break this down into two separate questions (as they have different answers)

    1 - recruitment : getting them into the society and reffing a game
    2 - retention : making sure they are still there a year on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickie E View Post
    I'd be interested in hearing of any experiences, innovations, processes, what's worked/hasn't worked, etc from the hive (i.e. you lot).

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    Get buy-in and input from coaches that the referee pool holds in high regard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickie E View Post
    Hi all,

    I've recently taken on a new role in my Society focusing on recruiting youngsters to take up the whistle.

    I'd be interested in hearing of any experiences, innovations, processes, what's worked/hasn't worked, etc from the hive (i.e. you lot).

    I'll be happy to share back anything from this end.

    Cheers.
    Hi DickieE

    Just north of you, we've found the clubs taking a lead to encouraging and working with the union/RA to hold courses the better way to recruit. Here the schools seems to be a bit more driven to get that to happen, maybe because it's a captive audience, and the kids can also get "community service" credits??? Community clubs just don't seem to generate the junior refs here? But then again they dont do much to encourage their kids to ref - I think they're just happy to have them turn up to play so don't think they think they should or could do both?. Free sh!t helps too - ie RA ref kit etc. (Get Rebels to ante up and give you stuff to give away too).

    I found once you have them after the course then you need to follow them up. Make contact with them to get them to sign up to the association and be available to appoint. The courses are not very good to tell them what they have to do next to actually get onto their first game.
    I found running practical training sessions with a group of them during team trials/gradings (intra or inter club games too) is a great way to engage them to have a go at doing the real thing.
    If you can get the cattle, then trying to have a RC or senior/experienced referee at the kids first game regardless of what age group for tips and morale support is also useful (they need to know they are going ok). Talk the the kid with the parent there listening - it's great how many parents will engage and help their kids in the first few weeks (especially the ex playing parents).

    I also found a monthly news letter that highlighted 2 or 3 particular point (focus law or local issue) helped too.

    Good luck with it.



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