Enhanced Management Principles In Refereeing

Enhanced Management Principles In Refereeing
Published: 2022-04-01
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Keith Hackett, counted among the top 100 referees of all time, discusses the enhanced management principles behind effective officiating.

 

AIM 

  • To understand why MANAGEMENT SKILLS are fundamental for referees in improving their on-field performances 
  • To be able to use our TECHNICAL SKILLS to more effectively officiate
  • To recognize good practice and performances through video analysis

 

SKILL SETS FOR EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT 

It is widely accepted that high levels of management require four skill sets.



KEY ON-FIELD ATTRIBUTES TO ENHANCE PERFORMANCE 

AUTHORITY – An effective referee will take command of the overall action. 

‘Boss the game’ 

CONTROL - Anticipate and be alert at all times. React positively, in a calm and dignified   manner, to the events of the game.

PERSONALITY AND PRESENCE – These allow you time to put your authority into effect. Players must understand and feel that it is your game.  

EXAMPLES OF EFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE

STRENGTHS 

  • Good man management. Dealing with players and their emotions in a calm, consistent, and firm manner.
  • Presence. Showing you are in control of the game and communicating that, both verbally and non-verbally, to the players.
  • Physical fitness and movement. Being able to keep up with the speed of the match, maintain focus, and reach the right positions at the right time.

IMPROVEMENTS 

  • Becoming mentally stronger. Handling the pressure better. 
  • Calmer and more relaxed in your movement
  • More experience 

ACHIEVEMENTS: 

  • It is important to record your successes, and track your progress. 
  • These can be in aspects of:
    • Fitness and Movement 
    • Application of Laws 
    • Management of players 

PREPARATION 

  • I am in excellent physical shape, having been continually conditioning and staying disciplined in my training
  • Good pre-match instructions = good team spirit 
  • I am always 'up for the fight' and ready for what the match might throw my way

EDGE 

  • I have a good reputation in the game 
  • I have increasing experience refereeing 'big games', adding to confidence and ability
  • Physical Size/Stature/Fitness to help maintain control of the match

YOUR GOALS

  • Process Goals  
    • To focus on the start of each half 
  • To stay strong but calm and keep talking 
  • Outcome Goals 

 

KH; It is important to keep a record of your games and to produce a SELF ASSESSMENT report on your performance.

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