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Referee Assessment Form and Guidelines

LEBOA Guidelines for Completing Referee Assessment forms.

1. Please make sure you know who the officials are from the score sheet and who is referee and who is umpire.

2. One half of each report form is for each official.

3. It is helpful to include the match number.

4. Officials are expected to be on court ready to officiate 20 minutes before tip off (15 minutes is acceptable where clubs only get their court 15 minutes before tip off time) and in grey shirt and black trousers. Please note if either of these are not part of the officials professional attitude.

5. When judging knowledge of violations only answer “Rarely” or “Some of the time” if you feel there has been a consistent or persistent error. Please note what the nature of the error has been.

6. In judging the officials interpretation of contact it is essential to comment on the official if the judgment is “Rarely” or “Some of the Time”.

7. It is inconsistent to judge the official positively for questions 2 & 3 but answer No to whether the official controlled the game well unless it can be justified.

8. When judging communication consider the following;

a) Were signals clear to the table officials and did they wait for the table to be ready before resuming the game? Ask the table officials!

b) Remember floor officials don’t have to talk to coaches at any point in the game but did they manage the game for the benefit of all participants by explaining actions and decisions when helpful to do so.

c) Similarly did officials help the players enjoy the game and stay within the rules by their communication, explaining decisions where helpful, calmly and clearly.

9. In making an overall judgment of the officials performance consider the following;

a) Very Good – the official was on time, correctly dressed, made few errors on violations, was accurate in judging contact “All of the time” or with very rare errors, controlled the game to allow everyone to enjoy, participate and perform within the rules and communicated well with all participants.

b) Good - the official was on time, correctly dressed, accurately judged violations and contact “Most of the Time”, controlled the game to allow everyone to enjoy, participate and perform within the rules and communicated well with at least two of the groups of participants.

c) Satisfactory – the official may have been late or incorrectly dressed, there were several instances of inaccurate judgment of violations and contact (could be judged “Some (or Most) of the Time”) but remained  in control of the game to allow everyone to enjoy, participate and perform within the rules and communicated well with at least two of the groups of participants.

d) Poor - the official may have been late or incorrectly dressed, there were many instances of inaccurate judgment of violations and contact (Judged “Rarely) which led to a loss of control of the game. Communication is likely to have been lacking with all participants.

e) Very Poor - the official may have been late or incorrectly dressed, there were many instances of inaccurate judgment of violations and contact (Judged “Rarely) which led to a loss of control of the game. Communication is likely to have been lacking with all participants. The official appeared to be out of their depth in this game.

We would stress that the vast majority of referee reports are positive with Poor or Very Poor overall assessments being rare which leads to the conclusion that officials are being appointed to games at the right level for their experience and ability.

Poor reports often reflect a reaction to a match result, especially from a losing team who feel “hard done to” and we would ask that teams take some time to consider their response before completing the form. It doesn’t require another referee to fill in the form but it helps if the compiler has some feel for the game and a reasonable knowledge of the rules. It is good practice to ask others for their input – coaches, table officials and some players before making a final judgment.

Leboa wants to be able to use the reports to help referee development in the future and accurate and punctual submission of reports will really help in this direction. We wish to record our thanks and appreciation to all those who have completed assessments and continue to support our officials in what is probably the best local league structure in the country.


Author:AJM