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09/07/2016
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02/11/2013
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Respect The Referee
‘RESPECT THE REFS’
 
Players play, coaches coach, referees officiate, fans support.
 
A soccer referee, by definition, is an authority who supervises and governs the play of a match to ensure safety and fairness in accordance of the Laws of the Game. Referees are asked to make neutral, split second decisions based on what they see in the midst of a competitive environment, full of biased influences, and deceivers. The FIFA Laws of the Game, more so than other sports, are prone to subjection because of the word “discretion”, which appears five times in the Laws of the Game. Discretion is defined as the freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation, and the FIFA Laws of the Game bequeaths referees the freedom to make decisions based on their perspective, understanding, and judgement. The word “discretion” creates a lot of gray area in a rule book that would otherwise be very black and white, and prone to less subjection from players, coaches, and fans. It is our beautiful game, and discretion of referees is an element of that beauty.
 
With elements of perspective, understanding, judgement, and discretion in a competitively biased environment, the quality of referee performance is subject to all those variables. Too often, players, coaches, and fans expect officiating robots, flawless decision makers. What should be expected are differences of perspective, understanding, judgement, discretion, and competitive bias. It should be expected that referees will make mistakes. Yes, go into each game expecting the referees will make mistakes, because they will just as the players will. When faced with 10 split second decisions in a game, players will make mistakes in technical and tactical execution and players, coaches, and fans (for the most part) are accepting that player’s split second decisions will not be 10 out of 10. Why is our standard for 10 split second decisions by referees any different?
 
When it comes to youth soccer especially, we need players, coaches, and fans to offer more leniency, understanding, and respect for referees. Professional players play in professional games officiated by professional referees. Developing youth players, play in youth games officiated by developing referees. Verbal and physical dissent of referee decisions is disrespectful, unacceptable behavior, and offers no positive rewards. Players, coaches, and fans should be more concerned with what they can control than what they cannot control. We cannot control referee decisions but we can control our ability to respect, cope, and play through decisions of the referee.
 
Please help better this season by making a conscious effort to ‘Respect the Refs’ by instituting your own self control and reminding those around you to do the same.

by posted 09/07/2016
The "Exchange"
THE EXCHANGE (LOST AND FOUND)

Clicking the "Exchange" link on the navigation bar, or on the right-hand side of the home page, takes you to an area where you can post items you want to swap, items you're looking for, or things you've lost or found at one of the fields. Got a pair of size 4 cleats your child has grown out of? Found a soccer ball and are nice enough to to want to get it to the right player, this is the place.


by posted 09/07/2016
Town Rep Contact Information

 

 


Tom Ayer                  Eastford Rep     

Lindsey Verraneault    Pomfret Rep      

AmyBeth St. Martin    Putnam Rep      

Ross Sward               Putnam Rep       

Jen Bennett              Thompson Rep   Jenneff14@gmail.com
Diane Keefe              Thompson Rep   dkeefe@rocketmail.com


Mike Gelhaus             Woodstock Rep         

Mike Craig                 Woodstock Rep  

Erica O'Brien             Woodstock Rep   

 

 


by posted 02/11/2013
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