Yes I know I’ve got my day numbers mixed up, but you get the drift……… Today Touchline Behaviour
Pitch side behavior.
This is an ongoing and joint project between our Society and North Midlands RFU. Below is a message that has been circulated to all clubs. Please support this project by playing your part at briefing time – clubs are expecting it.
North Midlands RFU and North Midlands Society of Referees have been and continue to work closely together to tackle and improve pitch side behavior as it relates to both inside the required pitch side barriers where restrictions exist on playing replacements, coaching and supporting medical staff and also supporters in general who should be outside pitch perimeter barriers.
Again North Midlands RFU and the North Midlands Referees Society have collaborated and whole heartedly agreed that the referee has full responsibility for behaviour on the pitch and within the playing boundaries but poor behaviour off the pitch can be an issue and this is the responsibility of and within the remit of the hosting Club to monitor and control this.
To this end, referees at the pre-match briefing time the home captain will be asked to identify the Club’s pitch side steward (orange hi viz?) – in addition to and a modest extension to confirming the availability of touch judges – and request them to meet with the referee before the game starts.
The pitch side steward is the Referees readily identifiable point of contact if he considers that there are behavioural issues that need to be addressed outside the playing perimeter.
NB If the captain is unable to identify the pitch side steward by kick off time this should be reported to the Society in a brief note to Dave Thomas (DLT) as should incidents of poor behavior not adequately dealt with on the day.