Referees – Young Whistler

As part of our Coach Education initiative we are asking clubs to provide Young Whistler (underage Referees) for all our under age games, U7 & U8 Monster blitzes, U9 , U10 & U11 League Games. For clubs hoping to achieve Silver or Gold Benchmarking it is part of the criteria that must be followed. We have been including referees training in our PPS Transition Year coaching and have run regional workshops at the start of 2017. For those clubs providing referees this page is a helpful tool in outlining the rules and regulations for our Young Whistlers

Rebel Óg Coaching & Games Referee Pathway

In 2016, Rebel Óg Coaching expanded their Monster Blitz program to include individual matches at U10 level. In 2017, this league expanded to U9, U10 and U11 matches. Over any given weekend, up to 156 matches take place in the u9, u10 and u11 leagues, as well as numerous matches in the U7/8 Monster Blitzes. To cater for this and continued expansion of the leagues in coming years, there is a need for a recruitment drive in referees to cater for these underage Go Games matches on a weekly basis. We are proposing a Referee Pathway, that all young referees should follow in the process of becoming a Full Qualified Referee for the Cork County Board.

Ideally, Referees will begin at Stage 1 and gradually work their way up to Adult Games over several years. The process will be monitored by a Referee Coordinator within each club.
At Go Games Stage 1&2, the referees will only referee matches for their home club. From Go Games Stage 3 onwards, Referees will no longer referee their own club matches but will be designated to neighbouring club matches to be a neutral referee.

Refereeing Go Games

• Refereeing Go Games involves propagating the Principles of Fair Play. This is achieved through application of the rules and, in particular, those that relate to sportsmanship and respect for the opposition, the match officials and the game. These are exemplified by the rule that the player returns the ball to the opposition ‘on the full’ after committing an offence.
• Officiating Go Games also involves guiding and coaching the players through each game by highlighting good example and promoting respect for all involved.
• As a Participation and Play initiative, Go Games provide an ideal opportunity to introduce young volunteers to Refereeing in a gradual and progressive manner.
• Where necessary, the Under-12 Go Games Referee should be guided and advised through each game with supportive and positive mentoring.

Go Games Level 1 understanding of fair play and the role of the referee:

A Good Referee
 Good communicator
 Knowledgeable of the rules
 Can keep up with play.
 Protects the players
 Understands the Game

To identify what “Tools of the Trade” do I need to Ref.
 Whistle
 Notepad and pen/pencil

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Monster Blitz – Information for referees

  • Games are 20 mins long (10 mins per half)  1st Game-10.15am, 2nd Game – 10.45am and 3rd Game –11.15am.
  • After each game teams line up and shake hands
  • The rules are the basis for every game however if, and only if 2 teams agree, they may change a rule for that game only.
  • Language from sidelines to be encouraging and polite at all times.
  • Clubs to supply young referees where possible and adverse comments from the sideline towards these referees is not allowed.
  • Players must have Helmets for hurling and Gumshields for football.
  • Its all about taking part and getting used to playing as a team so Fun, Fair Play & Respect should be encouraged at all times

Football Rules go games logo 3 Monster Blitzes 2016

U8/U7
o First Touch Football only
o 7 a side
o One hop, one solo.
o Keeper takes Kick Out
o Player fouled takes free
o Player closest to sideline to take
o In the case of a one sided match, coaches to take action to balance teams and make changes e.g. after a score, restart with a throw in in mid field.

Hurling Rules

go games logo 3 Monster Blitzes 2016

U8/U7
o Quick Touch Sliotar only
o 7 a side
o Ground Hurling only
o Keeper can take puck out from hand, may not lift in open play.
o Keeper may not score from a puck out/deflection
o 45/Frees struck on ground only
o Player fouled to take free
o In the case of a one sided match, coaches to take action to balance teams and make changes e.g. after a score, restart with a throw in in mid field.

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Referees: Every club is obliged to supply trained young referees for their home matches, so it is crucial that these referees are coached and mentored like the players in their development. Abuse of referees will not be tolerated and each club will be held accountable as per the guidelines of Rebel óg (Coiste na Nog Regulations 2016). We will hold training workshops for all referees before the league starts. It is imperative that each club has a young referee on hand for their home matches e.g. Douglas 3 teams are hosting Midleton 3 teams, Douglas need to provide 3 referees for the matches. So, Douglas will need to have at least 3 referees at the training Workshop. We would recommend that these referees get €10 from the home team for refereeing the match on the day.

U9 – Information for referees

Rules: Standard Juvenile U9 Hurling & Football Rules apply  

Age Line Ups Dimensions(m) Goal Posts Football Size Sliotar Size Game Length Match Time
U9 9 a side 75 x 45 15’x7’ Smart/Quick Touch  Smart/Quick Touch 2 x 25 mins Sat 12.15pm

 

Go Games Rules for Go Games Referees

Football Rules go games logo 3 Monster Blitzes 2016

U9 
o Quick Touch Football only
o 9 a side
o One hop, one solo.
o Keeper takes Kick Out
o Player fouled takes free
o Player closest to sideline to take sideline
o 45 /65 to be taken from the middle of the pitch

Hurling Rules
go games logo 3 Monster Blitzes 2016

U9 
o Quick Touch Sliotar only
o 9 a side
o Normal rules
o No solo allowed. Player may hop the ball off the Hurley once though
o Frees taken as normal
o Player fouled to take free
o Keeper to take puck outs
o Player closest to sideline to take sideline
o 45 /65 to be taken from the middle of the pitch

 

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U10 – Information for referees

Rules: Standard Juvenile U10 Hurling & Football Rules apply  

Age Line Ups Dimensions(m) Goal Posts Football Size Sliotar Size Game Length Match Time
U10 9 a side 75 x 45 15’x7’ Smart/Quick Touch  Smart/Quick Touch 2 x 25 mins Sat 12.15pm

 

 

Go Games Rules for Go Games Referees

Football Rules 

go games logo 3 Monster Blitzes 2016

U10 
o Quick/Smart Touch Football only
o 9 a side
o One hop, one solo.
o Keeper takes Kick Out
o Player fouled takes free
o Player closest to sideline to take sideline
o 45 /65 to be taken from the middle of the pitch

Hurling Rules

go games logo 3 Monster Blitzes 2016

U10 
o Quick/Smart Touch Sliotar only
o 9 a side
o Normal rules
o Solo for 4 steps only allowed
o Frees taken as normal
o Player fouled to take free
o Keeper to take puck outs
o Player closest to sideline to take sideline
o 45 /65 to be taken from the middle of the pitch

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U11 – Information for referees

Rules: Standard Juvenile U11 Hurling & Football Rules apply

Age Line Ups Dimensions(m) Goal Posts Football Size Sliotar Size Game Length Match Time
U11 11 a side 100 x 45 15’x7’ Smart Touch  Smart Touch 2 x 25 mins Sat 2pm

Go Games Rules for Go Games Referees

Football Rules 

go games logo 3 Monster Blitzes 2016

U11 
o Smart Touch Football only
o 11 a side
o One hop, one solo.
o Keeper takes Kick Out
o Player fouled takes free
o Player closest to sideline to take sideline
o 45 to be taken from 32m out in middle of goals

Hurling Rules

go games logo 3 Monster Blitzes 2016

U9 
o Smart Touch Sliotar only
o 11 a side
o Normal rules
o Player may solo the ball for a maximum of 8 steps.
o Frees taken as normal
o Keeper to take puck outs
o Player closest to sideline to take sideline
o 65 to be taken from the middle of the pitch

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  • To introduce the idea of Respect in Go Games teams should line up and shake hands after the game.
  • Effective communication from the referee can increase the Quality of the Game.
  • Use Coaching cues e.g. (Keep your hand off his back, Play the Ball only, Keep the ball moving)
  • Advise a player why a free was given against him and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again (You took too many steps, next time try to move the ball after 4 steps or You shouldered him in the back, next time try to make shoulder to shoulder contact from the side only)
  • Club mentors are to help young referees deal with dissent and lack of discipline, if a player is constantly fouling or is deemed to be a danger to himself or other players the referee may ask the mentors to replace that player. Please respect this request.
  • The clubs will be held responsible for mentors, parents, supporters actions at the games.

To cover the “What If’s”

  • If mentors are abusive to you or the players, take note of it. If it is a mentor from your own club, contact your GDA who will take note of it. If it is a mentor from another club let your clubs mentor know and they will contact the GDA.
  • The GDA is here to support you in your role, so utilise him in the case of any incidents.
  • In the case of an injury, take note of the players name and type of injury, but the club should administer the First Aid.
  • In the case of a very one sided game, ask the mentors from the side winning, if they can do anything to make the game more balanced. It is in everyone’s interests for the games to be as equal as possible.
  • If you have any queries on the day, ask the club mentor first. He/She should be able to provide you with answers.

Referees: Home club supplies referees and pays them. Recommend €10 per game.

Treat them with respect this  is crucial to the development of the referee.

Links to Rules & Regulations for various groups

Monster Blitz Click Here

U9 Information Click Here

U10 Information Click Here

U11 Information Click Here

GAA General Rules & Regulations Click Here