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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mark Dean at
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Referee Expectations

Referee Reference Card Bring to each game!

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Game Day Measures that Referees should follow in all games:
 
1. The two referees working the games should position themselves in the middle of the field - one behind the defense and one behind the offense. Under no circumstances should referees position themselves near either sideline during any portion of the game. 
 
2. LSFA has instituted a "ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY" in terms of questioning calls and spectator/referee interaction during the games. Any spectator yelling, mocking, belittling or questioning a referee from the sidelines for a perceived missed call or for any other reason during a game will be asked to leave the premises immediately. This includes such refrains as "Come on Ref!" or "Terrible Call!" or anything that is a public dissent about a call during a game or regarding a referee working a game. If such an incident does happen, referees are asked to call the coaches from both teams to the center of the field and the coaches will be asked to remove the spectator. Under no circumstances should the referee be the one to ask a spectator to leave. If the coach is unsuccessful in getting the spectator to leave, referees should leave the premises immediately and report this immediately to LSFA. Referees in this circumstance will be paid by LSFA at a later date for their work in the game. Spectators who refuse to leave will not be allowed to be on the sidelines at future LSFA events.
 
3. Under no circumstances should volunteers running the down markers interact with the referees, opponent players, or opponent's coaches other than to offer encouragement or praise. Any interactions that include yelling, mocking, belittling or questioning a referee call will fall under the same Zero Tolerance Policy as above and the volunteer will be asked to leave. Use the same procedure as above.
 
4. Similar to Minnesota State High School League rules, only the head coach of each team is allowed to interact with the referee during games. If an infraction of this rule occurs, referees are asked to bring the head coaches to the center of the field and discuss the situation. The head coach is in charge of policing their sideline and should be asked to keep it under control. If an infraction of this rule occurs more than once, the assistant coach will be asked to leave using the same procedures as above.
 
5. Under no circumstances should referee and coach interactions take place near either sideline. Coaches and referees will be asked to stop the game and meet at the center of the field with both coaches present if there are any rules questions.
 
6. All referees should print and bring a copy of the Referee Reference Card to each game. This is a tool designed to assist the referees and coaches in following the rules set forth by LSFA and it is not optional to have during the games.
 

This policy is being implemented to eliminate referee abuse, both physical and verbal, and to discourage public dissent of a referee. It is never acceptable to verbally abuse referees in any situation. There are appropriate avenues for coaches or spectators to share concerns about the quality of officiating. The LSFA Program Director and LSFA Level Directors are welcome to hear any constructive comments on referees. But, any criticism or critique of a youth referee's performance should only be communicated to the youth by the LSFA Program Director, not by a coach or a spectator.

Youth development is the central focus of the LSFA program. This includes development of youth whether they are football players or football referees. All the LSFA guidelines and policies on providing a Safe, Fair, and Fun environment for players also apply to youth referees. Verbal abuse of youth referees is as unacceptable as verbal abuse of youth players. The purpose of this policy is to make clear that verbal abuse of referees is unacceptable and to adopt basic standard sanctions for improper conduct. This policy is not intended to imply that referees are always right and the adult spectator or coach is always wrong. However, we must remember that, just as youth players will make mistakes during play, youth referees will make mistakes in officiating. Spectators and coaches are encouraged to remember that, while there are usually 25+ spectators and multiple coaches  at any game all watching the plays, there are only 2 referees and they will not see every infraction.