Winter 2019 Finals are now underway, it is important that all referees show a the highest level of professionalism and effort on these games. Remember there is no second chance in finals for teams as it is a straight elimination system.
What is required from all referees over the next 2 weeks of finals is:
100% effort on every game. We are not asking you to do a 5 or 6 game shift so it is expected you run, make position every chance you get. There should be no excuse for slacking off over the next 2 weeks. If you are unwell, injured or don’t feel up to it please advise your supervisor so they can find a replacement.
Timing on finals are as per regular season with the exception that the clock will stop on all timeouts.
Make sure that the game clock does not start until the ball has been thrown up, give teams the full match time. The same will go for the second half with the clock starting only when the ball has been passed in. You have a 1 hour time slot so there is no excuse for starting the game early.
You are required to be in full winter uniform. Black shoes, socks, pants and referee shirt. Any referee who is out of uniform (especially if you turn up wearing shorts), you may be removed from your games.
Referees who are rostered on to score bench for the Grand Finals are required to be in full winter uniform. You may wear your referee jacket but no hoodies, black jumpers, etc will be allowed. It is expected that if you are on score bench and a referee on court is injured you will be available to jump on to replace them.
It is the job of all referees on the game and score bench to determine the game MVP for the grand final. I ask referees to consider strongly which player had the biggest positive impact on the game to help their team win. The MVP may come from the losing team but strongly consider only awarding MVP to a player in the losing team if it was an exceptionally close game and there are exceptional circumstances. Nobody wants to win and MVP trophy when you lose by 15+ points.
For all referees involved with finals we wish you all the best of luck and you enjoy the experience.
Summer uniform will not come into effect until Sunday 22nd September at the conclusion of all finals (this will include for any pre-grading games held during the finals week). No referee is to turn up in summer uniform until this time.
Summer uniform will consist of Black Shoes, Black Socks, Black Shorts and your referee shirt. Shirts are to remain tucked in at all times.