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Question Number: 468


RE: Rec

Tim Sparks of Sugar Land, texas asks...

What should pre-game instructions to the players, the coach and the assistant refs include?

Answer provided by Referee Gary Sebalja

Firstly have a little chat with them and find out there experience just so that you know what to expect from them. Tell them who will be running what side of the feild and what diagonial you will be running. Do you want them to take any notes such as who scored or who committed fouls, it is always good to have a duplicate record of what happens. Tell them to keep their signals simple and only use those that are proper. If something happens that you as a referee don't see what action should they take. Don't give silly instructions as this only confuses your linesmen, and always ask if there are any question when you have finished...As for the coach how much do think he will pass on, it is better to talk to the whole team, you can tell them to play fair, to avoid any tactics that may not be appropriate in wet whether than dry. Keep their shirts tuck in, socks up and enjoy the game

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Answer provided by Referee Victor Matheson

I generally avoid giving any pregame instructions to the coach and players. While I do chat before hand with the both teams in order to show I am approachable, I almost never give specific instructions unless there are unusual situations in the game that I want to discuss ahead of time. As for pregame instructions to assistant referees, this is extremely important to spend a great deal of time with. I try to emphasize that we are a team and talk about how we will communicate with one another and what each of our specific responsibilities are.

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