Referees and Scorers Workshop

At the AGM we discussed putting together a refereeing/scoring workshop for people interested in learning more about refereeing (both first and second official), and how to run a scoresheet correctly.

We have had a preliminary discussion, and have put some thoughts together about what we might cover – please see below: 

Session 1 – Simple mechanics of controlling a game:

  • setting up the scoresheet & checking registration cards
  • managing the warm-up
  • whistling and giving clear signals – standard signals
  • the role (and importance) of the second referee
  • the importance of blu-tack (!)
  • using linespersons effectively
  • making sure the ref stays with the Net, and not always follow the ball
  • substitutions – new procedures


Session 3 – tricky calls:

  • players reaching over the net / playing a ball they are not ‘entitled’ to play
  • first team touch
  • quality of handling
  • players out of rotation – how to spot



Session 2 – running the scoresheet:

  • basic operation – common errors to avoid
  • recording time-outs & substitutions
  • recording sanctions / penalties
  • recording timings
  • ruling off at the end of each set
  • totalling it all up at the end – what to check for
  • practice at running a scoresheet – hypothetical situation and self-assessment


Session 4 – practical application

  • scrimmage match between workshop participants
  • everyone gets a go at 1st and second ref
  • possibly combine with refereeing a Foundation League match as part of the event – an opportunity to run a scoresheet in a live environment


We are looking to hold a first workshop early in the New Year, and I would like to gauge demand from within KCVA. 

  • Likely to be held at Dartford Technology College
  • Sessions 1-3 will be theoretical, and we believe the 3 sessions should be completed within 90 minutes
  • Sessions will be Q&A based/participative, and are not intended to be a download/death by PowerPoint!
  • Combined with a practical session, we anticipate the whole event could be around 3-4 hours (a morning or an afternoon)
  • Cost £5 per person, which will include your own brand new whistle (so you don’t have to share with everyone else!)
  • We believe we can accommodate up to 30 people, so plenty of room for all

I would like to gauge demand for the workshop, so can you please respond and let me know how many people in your club would like to attend.  Ideally, we would like at least 3 people to come along from each club – it must get frustrating trying to find someone to referee for you, or even help out with 2nd ref/scoring so please take this opportunity to get some of your players/volunteers along, and give them some confidence to help you out with your KCVA matches.

Ian Ruddock, Secretary, KCVA



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