We all seem to have an understanding of zero tolerance and the way punishment for incidents are applied. What I can't seem to find is information on how you can protect yourself, your team and your club.
What do you do when someone loses it and starts throwing punches and carrying on?
How do you protect your team when 2 or more individuals are attacking one of your players?
As we get further into the comp and teams are doing well they are really exposed to these types of incidents. Lets face it if a team has nothing to lose they can really impact the final standings by putting on an stink and then making all types of accusations. The MC then have to work through this and as we have seen this can take weeks.
You cant defend yourself. Even if you are king hit from behind after the fulltime whistle in a match you won and a team mate comes to your aid, you and your team will be stood down and miss for example a GF and the CoC.
That is the precedent that has been set by the powers that be, so put your hands in your pockets and let the guy keep punching you.
Last Edit: May 10, 2011 9:25:32 GMT 10 by DemonDoug
Thanks for your response but it's not what I was looking for. I have been trying for a couple of seasons now to get a response on this type of situation and still have received nothing. The only reason I brought it up again is because of what happened at Bauko with there u/16's. Let's not kid ourselves this could happen to any club and when it does it's the volunteers who have to spend days and even weeks on it.
Itsallgood - a few years ago I was in a team that did this - we broke it up, didn't throw a punch, received favourable reports from not only the referee, but the parents of the assistants (who we protected from the other team), a guy walking his dog and finally a commendation from the then president of the referees - the panel still removed our team from the competition and we missed playing semi's, etc.
Effectively, the panel gave the innocent party the same as the guilty party so what they inferred by this decision was to go bananas because you are going to be hoisted anyway.
It is a pity that the people on the panel didn't have any common sense or logic. The Granville executive then met with us sometime late October to advise us that we were wronged at the time - little consolation...!!!
I don't condone violence and the best thing to do is to walk away, but with the people on the panels, this may not even be enough.
Oh, and before anyone jumps on the band wagon about "why don't you fix it yourself", my club asked for volunteers for this panel and I put my hand up as I am currently playing, managing and refereeing this year and I felt that I could bring and see things from many angles.
redcards, I am also a club official and would be happy to join a committee to work towards putting a proposal out there that would help protect the team/club that has it all to lose. When I say lose I am not talking about trophies, semi and CoC. I am also referring to teams that know they are in trouble when they go to the tribunal and know they are gone and are happy to drag down the other team.
I would rather spend 4-6 evening working on this document rather then having to deal with what we have in the past.
I agree - the team we played at the time were knocked out of the semi final race - received nothing as they weren't playing the next week anyway and then went on to register at a different club and play on like nothing happened the following year.