ERSL Referee Appointment Policy
approved at the 2016 AGM
This document shall be an annex to the ERSL Terms
of League Operations (TOLO).
All referee appointments shall be made in Ref Centre and all referees
must complete their game report in Ref Centre. Ref Centre is integrated with
the ERSL's League Management System, and the Referee's game report is a
fundamental part of league operations, including the Discipline system. Referee
appointments shall be made in accordance with the Game Fee and Assigning Protocol, and the additional requirements set forth in this Policy.
Delegation of Referee Appointments
· U13 to U18 Centre Referees
Assignment and payment of Referees for U13 to U18 games is delegated to the
EODSA and SOSA except in the case of District Recreational where assignment is
delegated to the Home Club.
· U13 to U18 Assistant Referees
Assignment and payment of Assistant Referees for U13 to U18 games is delegated
to the Home Club and is mandatory for all ERSL Regional
and District Competitive League games and ER Cup/Shield games.
· U9 to U12 Centre
Assignment and payment of Referees for U9 to 12 games is delegated to Home
Clubs. Assistant referees are suggested but not mandatory.
Official Assignment Requirements
* Assignment made by Home Club
The EODSA Schedule of Referee Fees will be used for all ERSL games, regardless
of the District the game is played in. Referee payment is
the responsibility of the delegated District or the delegated Home Club - payment
is made by the organization that is required to assign the official.
Canceled and Abandoned Games
The ERSL utilizes the EODSA Policy for
Abandoned and Canceled games. The Club of any team who causes the
abandonment or cancellation of a game will pay the referee fees for that game for
all assigned referees,
and any other applicable fees or fines as outlined in the ERSL Fees and
In the event that a
game is abandoned before completion due to circumstances outside of the control
of either team, including but not limited to inclement weather, the referee
fees for the abandoned game will be split and paid 50% by each team’s Club.
ERSL Referee Competency Requirements
In addition to the OSA Referee Appointments Classification Table, the
ERSL requires the following:
1. Youth Referees (14-15
yrs) - Prior to being appointed as a Referee for an ERSL match, each Youth
Referee must have completed 10 appointments;
2. District Referees (16
yrs or older) - Prior to being appointed as a Referee for an ERSL match, each
District Referee must have completed 5 appointments; and
3. Assistant Referees -Prior to being
appointed as an Assistant Referee for an ERSL match, each youth referee* must
attend the ERSL Assistant Referee Training every other year.
*A youth referee is a referee who has passed the entry level but is
under 16 years of age - they are reclassified to a District referee
automatically on their 16th birthday.
The ERSL has each team complete a game feedback report that includes
questions about the referee. This feedback, in conjunction with other
documentation received by the ERSL, the EODSA and member clubs, will be used by
the ERSL Referees Committee to determine if there are any deficiencies in
conduct or performance on the part of individual referees. The ERSL Director of
Referees will work with the District Referee Coordinators and Club Head
Referees to resolve these issues.
Excluding Referees from ERSL Game Appointments
The ERSL reserves the right to exclude individual referees from being
assigned to specific ERSL Divisions, or all ERSL Divisions. Before such a
decision is made, the Referee Coordinator will ensure all efforts are made with
the Referee, and the Club Head Referee, if applicable, to resolve identified
deficiencies. The deficiencies, and efforts to address the identified
deficiencies’ will be documented, and discussed with the referee, prior to the
referee being excluded from ERSL game appointments.
1. Referees failing to
submit their game report in Ref Centre in accordance with the League's Rules
and Regulations will be referred to the appropriate District for discipline;
2. Failure of the Home
Club to assign a Referee or Assistant Referee in Ref Centre shall result in a
fine equal to twice the Referee's fee set out in the EODSA Schedule of Fees;
3. Failure of the Home
Club to assign a Referee or Assistant Referee in accordance with the OSA
Referee Appointments Classification Table, and the additional requirements set
forth in this Policy, shall result in a fine equal to twice the Referee's fee
set out in the EODSA Schedule of Fees.
Disposition of Fines
All fines collected as a result of
the Discipline Provisions of this Policy shall be sent to the appropriate
District at the end of each season. The fines shall be designated for use by
the appropriate Club to pay for Referee development during the following
season. Funds not used in the following season may be used by the appropriate
District for referee development.