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The Renegade Ref says Making the Decision is just the start!

The most important thing you have to do to improve your refereeing is to make the decision to improve your refereeing!
Until you make that decision to referee at the highest level you can attain you will always have a reason (excuse) for not doing something. On the other hand if you make the decision to go for it, come what may, then the excuses fall away.
Will it be tough? You bet it’ll be tough!
Will you feel like quitting? You bet you’ll feel like quitting!
I know that personally because I remember very vividly not getting my promotions and the feelings in the pit of my stomach that created! And as my great refereeing mate reminds me I was always going to quit whenever it didn’t go my way.
Thankfully he just laughed and said something like: “that’s only the third time you’ve quit this month!”
But when you achieve your goal the aggravation and pain you went through will all be worth it. Of course, I was lucky to make it through according to all of the other people in my Society.
When you make the decision to push your refereeing to new heights then that will shape how your career will go.
Why will it shape how your career will go?
Because when you’ve made a decision you will actively seek to improve yourself.
You will attend training meetings, you will work at your fitness, you will look with different eyes at how the guys at the top are refereeing the top games.
And these are just three areas that will change.
But here’s the thing – don’t tell everyone about your decision to work at your refereeing! You will meet resistance from other referees you know who will have to ask questions about themselves if you start to improve.
Tell your refereeing mate who is on the same path as you, who also knows the pains you’re going through.
Of course, the others will find all the excuses they need as to why you’re progressing and they’re not. Whereas, your mate on the same path will celebrate your achievements and commiserate when it goes awry.
Make the decision.

And then watch this!

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Communication – a real life example!

Yesterday I wrote a blog about always restarting the game to communicate your decision. I was speaking to my RDO this morning and he backed up that philosophy with a real life example.

This game was in the seventies or eighties and it was Lincoln City versus Rotherham United. The game score was 2-3 to the away side. In the dying embers of the match Lincoln scrambled the ball into the net. The referee didn’t restart the game as Jon did on Sunday instead just blew the full time whistle.

The spectators and players were all confused as to whether it was 3-3 or 2-3 as it had been a scramble to get the ball in the net and quite conceivably the referee could have awarded a free kick.

It took an announcement over the loudspeaker system before Andy and his fellow Lincoln supporters could head home happy they’d equalised!

Restarting the game would have made the confusion go away. I’m not saying this is the total answer but it’s another weapon in your armoury.


Communication is the key

On Sunday the Tottenham versus West Ham football match at White Hart Lane finished full of tension because it ended 2-2 with Tottenham equalising from a penalty in the dying seconds.

The referee, Jon Moss, restarted the game and then promptly blew the final whistle.

Pretty straight forward – yes?


The penalty was awarded in the last minute of the five Jon had indicated to be played as “the minimum time”.

The penalty was initially saved by the West Ham goalkeeper – Adrian – and then Kane scored on the rebound. As I said the game restarted and was promptly finished by the referee.

A “barrack room lawyer” suggested to Allardyce that the game should have ended when the goalkeeper saved the original kick. This on the face of it has some mileage as the Laws cover what happens when time is extended to take a penalty kick.

Two things spring to mind here – the first is “how does Jon communicate to all of the spectators that although the ball is in the net the score is still 2-1?”

Which would be the case if the “lawyer” had his/her way!

Secondly, if the time is deemed to continue although a penalty has been awarded the conceding side would then just run down the clock, for however many minutes were left, until the penalty kick became a “penalty shoot-out kick” as they get a distinct advantage

Yesterday by the referee restarting the game with a place kick everyone knew that a goal had been scored, so no one was in any doubt.

In your games make sure that your decisions are communicated clearly, leaving no room for doubt, and this can always be achieved by allowing the next restart to happen as Jon did at White Hart Lane.