Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion look­ing to re­cruit new ref­er­ees

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE CA­MANACHD As­so­ci­a­tion is ap­peal­ing for more vol­un­teers to be­come ref­er­ees.

It is par­tic­u­larly keen for ex-play­ers to be­come ref­er­ees in North and South Di­vi­sion 2.

A com­pre­hen­sive pack­age of train­ing and sup­port is pro­vided, plus kit and equip­ment. All vol­un­teers need to pro­vide is boots, a watch and a whis­tle.

Ref­er­ees pro­vide a vi­tal ser­vice to the sport and ref­er­ee­ing of­fers a great op­por­tu­nity to main­tain an ac­tive in­volve­ment in the game.

Ref­er­ee­ing re­quires skill and is both phys­i­cally and mentally chal­leng­ing.

In al­lo­cat­ing games, the as­so­ci­a­tion takes into ac­count whether a ref­eree wants to only of­fi­ci­ate lo­cally and/or the num­ber of games to be un­der­taken in a month.

Ref­er­ees re­ceive re­im­burse- ment for travel ex­penses and a match fee.

All new ref­er­ees are re­quired to suc­cess­fully com­plete a short train­ing pro­gramme (Grade 3), af­ter which they will be al­lo­cated games at an ap­pro­pri­ate level.

Men­tors will be on hand at matches in the early stages to pro­vide ad­vice and sup­port and, once es­tab­lished at Grade 3, there is the op­por­tu­nity over time to progress to Grade 2 and Grade 1. Train­ing cour­ses for new ref­er­ees will be held at var­i­ous venues in mid-Jan­uary.

A se­ries of work­shops will take place across the coun­try on Satur­day Jan­uary 16 to bring all ex­ist­ing match of­fi­cials to­gether prior to the start of the new sea­son. Th­ese work­shops form an im­por­tant part of a wider pro­gramme of train­ing and de­vel­op­ment be­ing sup­ported by the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion in 2016 in line with the agreed Strate­gic Plan for Shinty.

The pre-sea­son work­shop will run from 11am un­til 1pm and take place si­mul­ta­ne­ously in Glas­gow, In­ver­aray, Fort Wil­liam and In­ver­ness. The work­shop will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for of­fi­cials to ad­dress a range of top­ics, in­clud­ing rule clar­i­fi­ca­tion and in­ter­pre­ta­tion, pay­ments and ad­min­is­tra­tion, deal­ing with dis­sent, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, train­ing and de­vel­op­ment.

It is im­por­tant that as many ac­tive of­fi­cials - ref­er­ees, goal judges and match asses­sors - as pos­si­ble at­tend their near­est work­shop. Travel ex­penses will be re­im­bursed and lunch will be pro­vided. The fi­nal agenda and venue de­tails will be cir­cu­lated in early Jan­uary.

An ad­di­tional work­shop specif­i­cally for match asses­sors will also be or­gan­ised in Fe­bru­ary 2016. Any­one in­ter­ested in ref­er­ee­ing should con­tact Astie Cameron, CA Oper­a­tions and Events Man­ager, at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity. Tele­phone 01463 715931; mo­bile 07912 731295 or email Astie. Cameron@shinty.com

Fol­low­ing a vote by mem­bers at the re­cent AGM, the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion is pleased to con­firm an in­crease in match fee (ref­er­ees) and mileage rate for of­fi­cials in 2016, ris­ing from £ 30 to £ 35 and 40p to 45p re­spec­tively.

As dis­cussed on the night of the AGM, the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion is cur­rently re­view­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of pay­ments to ref­er­ees on be­half of clubs. There are likely to be some changes to this process in 2016 and fur­ther/ fi­nal in­for­ma­tion will be is­sued to all clubs and of­fi­cials early in the New Year.

Santa Claus hopes the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion can re­cruit new

ref­er­ees for the com­ing sea­son.

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