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Aug, 2019

Whistle Stop for Referees

As a referee, not only do we have to manage the players on the field, sometimes we have to manage the coaches as well. This weeks Whistle Stop by Thomas Bobadilla, AYSO National Referee Administrator, reviews steps that you can take in order to control situations of dissent.

Here is a quick snippet of the article (for the full article, please visit the Whistle Stop page at Whistle Stop by AYSO National):

"Emotional outbursts from the coach can typically be vivid, brief, undirected, and, often, quickly regretted. The referee must understand the complex emotions coaches experience in relation to the match and appropriately discount language that does no lasting harm to those who might have heard or seen the outburst. Of course, the coach may be warned in various ways (a brief word, direct eye contact, etc.) regarding his or her behavior.

When the words or gestures directly challenge the authority of the referee or assistant referees, actively dispute an official's decision, or are likely to be taken up by a widening circle of players or spectators, the referee must determine if this dissent can be halted through the more formal action of verbally warning the coach. The objective of the warning is to protect the referee's ability to continue to manage the match. Below are 10 tips to help you manage coach dissent."

Each week we read Whistle Stop and try to share the articles which we feel are valuable to our referee program as a whole. Make sure that you stop by consistently to stay up-to-date on what is being shared.

Thank you very much for volunteering!! Your time is very much appreciated.

Kindest regards,
Cesar Lara
Referee Administrator

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