Misconduct Signals & Technique

Depending you who speak to or who you are assessed by, the topic of misconduct technique can vary. Here in WPA, we are trying to have a uniform way of issuing the misconduct, along with the technique on how to. Each misconduct can be different due to the type of challenge, time of game, score of game, severity of the challenge and of course, the player. Therefore, the technique may change. For instance:

  1. 1. If the caution is going to be for something that does not include contact with an opponent, for instance, delaying the restart, then the card can just be calmly displayed.
  2. 2. If there is a hard challenge where the offended takes offense at the tackler and shows anger, then a very quick caution may be warranted.
  3. 3. The same holds true for a situation where a red card is warranted for a very hard challenge. Sometimes showing the red card quickly can help in calming the players down.

These are situations that may occur in your game, but in most cases, WPA wants the referee to isolate the player so your crew can record the correct player. When issuing misconduct, referees should stand attention, look at the offending player in the eye and display the card straight above your head. There have also been discussions on where to keep your yellow and red cards. This is a personal choice, but I recommend that they be kept in separate pockets to avoid pulling the wrong one.

For coach’s misconduct, referees need to be aware of behavior from the bench. No bench personnel can act irresponsibly. Referees must take action when bench personnel misbehave. Younger referees could be intimidated by unruly coaches. Referees should follow these guidelines:

  1. 1. ASK the coach to act is a responsible manner. If the action continues,
  2. 2. TELL the coach that further disruption and they will be dismissed, if the action continues.
  3. 3. DISMISS the coach

Further advice:

  1. 1. There is no need to be close to the coach if you feel uncomfortable or threatened.
  2. 2. Use your whistle to get the coaches attention and be sure they know you are talking to them.
  3. 3. If you are going to dismiss, use the whistle and point to the person being dismissed and point to an area away from the field.
  4. 4. Do not restart the game until the coach has left the vicinity of the field.
  5. 5. If they refuse to leave or continue the disruption, you have the option to abandon the game. Be sure you meet with your crew.
  6. 6. When leaving the field, the referees should leave as a team and make sure you get to your cars safely.
  7. 7. If you are followed or threatened, call the police immediately.
  8. 8. And finally, file a report with the SRA and the league.