WPA referees are to follow the guidelines listed here to avoid confusion as to what abuse actually is.
FAQ Group: Abuse
What are some signs of abuse?
Rude/Disrespectful gestures Constant complaining from the bench. Questioning every decision. Sarcastic remarks. Personal attacks.—SEND THE COACH OFF IMMEDIATELY Gyrating actions. Kicking or throwing objects.—SEND THE COACH OFF IMMEDIATELY Unpleasant comments by the spectators or parents.—NOTIFY THE COACH THIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED Personal attacks on any member of the officiating crew.—TERMINATE GAME IMMEDIATELY If you
How do I report abuse?
If these circumstances occur, file a report and call the SRA with details.
What do I do if I am assaulted?
Call police immediately Seek Medical attention at once if needed Get away from person who assaulted you Stay calm and collect vital information or have someone from the crew do it for you (Name of assaulter, other witnesses’ names and phone #s that can verify the assault GO TO THE LOCAL POLICE AND FILE CHARGES.
What do I do if I’m sexually harassed?
Any type of harassment is not acceptable, follow same procedure as abuse. If it becomes a sexual assault, then call the police and follow same procedure as assault.
What about misbehavior that doesn’t rise to the level of referee abuse?
The PAWEST Youth Board started a new Referee Hotline (firstname.lastname@example.org) in an effort to provide Referees and players with a safe environment.
How to use the referee hotline?
Please email email@example.com with a picture of the Game Day Roster (GDR) and report anything that will help to make the environment safer and more enjoyable. Report loud, excessive, or condescending spectators, coaches or players that irritated you. Anything that needs improvement and anything that you think we should be aware of.