Clubs across Northern NSW will celebrate referees across the weekend of Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June as part of Referees Recognition Weekend.
Referees Recognition Weekend is an initiative being conducted in 2015 by Northern NSW Football across all clubs and zones to publicly recognise, show our appreciation and say thank you to all of our referees and match officials.
Officiating football matches at any level can be a difficult, stressful, intimidating and often thankless job. ‘Thanks Ref’ Weekend gives the football community the chance to show our referees and match officials that they are a valued member of the football family and are appreciated by players, coaches and supporters alike.
In addition to ‘Thanks Ref’ initiatives, Saturday 27th June has been designated as ‘Silent Saturday’.
AIA Vitality MiniRoos clubs have been encouraged to do their best to “Keep Quiet” and “Just let the kids play” on ‘Silent Saturday’.
This program is aimed at all AIA Vitality MiniRoos (Small-Sided Football age groups) and its main purpose is to just let the kids play and have fun without having to worry about how their performance is affecting the adults on the sidelines.
The objectives of holding a ‘Silent Saturday’ are:
- To re-emphasise that the game is about letting the kids play and have fun.
- To give the players a chance to play totally on their own.
- To eliminate the verbal questioning of the referees’ decisions.
- To help the few parents and coaches who feel they must provide constant direction, and to understand that the kids can play very well on their own with limited instruction.
Kids have the right to play without having to hear:
- “Wake up! Don’t just stand there!”
- “You have GOT to be kidding me!”
- “Why do I waste my time coming?”
- “Watch the game ref you might enjoy it.”
- “Kick it ! Kick it !”
Member Zones and Clubs have been encouraged to actively support the initiative and spectators are asked to refrain from making any verbal comments on the game or direct any comments to the players, referees or coaches – on or off the field.
Clapping IS of course allowed and supporters are encouraged to be creative in how they choose to cheer their child’s team – make signs to hold up, bring a scarf in the team’s colour and wave it wildly, there are lots of ways to cheer other than verbally.