Again, three games in our division have been assigned a ref and two linesmen each; all the while we head back to our home ground where we are consistently denied referees season after season.
I love how they're happy to take our money at the beginning of a season and provide an absent service. What an absolute farce!!!
I know someone will post some stupid reply regarding some administrative or locational challenges they face. At the end of the day our money is as good as any clubs money and when I finish the season being provided a handful of black and whites, while other guys in the same senior division end up with consistent refs and linesmen (of which I have seen two in the last two seasons!) my team is left feeling ripped off completely.
I understand your frustration for not getting a ref but the problem is not with the referee appointment system. As far as i know it is designed to get maximum coverage and best use of available referees times. This could have a side effect that some teams may not get referees very often. If you think the system is not right, talk to your club representatives to bring it up at association GMs. It has been talked about many times and the current system is what works best.
There is a big difference between "Works" and "Works best". Unless we can get a whole lot more senior referees, there will always be some teams without a black and white. Unfortunately with the current system it is the lower division sen or O35 teams.
An alternative would be to give everyone an equal share which means many/some high division games will not get black and whites. I'm guessing this alternative will have much more opposition than the current system.
Alright, so lets say hierarchy are trying their best to get as many officials to as many games as efficiently as possible with the means that they have. That's fine. The problem still lies in the lack of equality between the payments of clubs who recieve 25% of home games refereed and those whom pay the same in fees and receive 95% of home games refereed.
The alternative is to pay per game refereed. It's simple, and more importantly just.
1). Each club collects its fees as per usual at the beginning of the season. The allocation of funds from these that are set towards officiating costs are held on to by the club.
2). Once a cycle (let's say 4 weeks) has completed, a quote is sent to each club outlining a total cost for the provision of officials. The money is then extracted from clubs progressively as the season/cycles progress/es, using the funds set aside at the beginning of the year. The referees are then paid PER game every couple of weeks or so.
3). At the conclusion of the season, the remaining funds (if any) can be either refunded to the players or kept by the club to improve resources, facilities etc. I'd be (as many in my situation would) equally happy with either outcome when compared to the current scenario of our funds being spent elsewhere.
In terms of senior players, the large bulk are in the O35's or "lower divisions"; as compared to prems, reserves, div 1-3. Why should it be the case that this hugely significant demographic be ignored and refused a service; while, quite literally paying for the officiating of games they are not involved in!
I would accept the communist system as "works best" 1 if we were in North Korea or the Peoples Republic of China. It does not work best. It works best for a small minority who receive the collective benefits paid by others.
The alternative is to pay per game refereed. It's simple, and more importantly just.1). Each club collects its fees as per usual at the beginning of the season. The allocation of funds from these that are set towards officiating costs are held on to by the club.2). Once a cycle (let's say 4 weeks) has completed, a quote is sent to each club outlining a total cost for the provision of officials. The money is then extracted from clubs progressively as the season/cycles progress/es, using the funds set aside at the beginning of the year. The referees are then paid PER game every couple of weeks or so.
This is exactly what happens. We bill the Clubs directly. The invoice for March/April will be generated late next week, on Company time of course.
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Thats it, the club only pay what they use and than its 50/50 with the other team. I have done Senior games 6-7 times over the last two years at Guildford. This is approx 20Km from where I live. Last year my 16s, I coach had 3 Senior referees and 4 Junior Referees directly involed with the Team, and we had a referee on two occassions last year,thats how it goes. At some single fields my team would supply all the referees and one game was not covered and that was ours. If a club has more referees and more Seniors/Ladies and 35/45 did the course we would have better coverage. And by the way If players showed the referees more respect and accepted our calls more would stay in the game.