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Brockville Soccer Club Inc.


Behaviour Towards Referees

We as a club, we would like to address behaviour of coaches and spectators at all games.

Let me be very clear. There is no place at a game for verbal or physical abuse of players, coaches or referees. This includes questioning referees on calls they have made. No-one has the right to question or speak to a referee unless they have been approached by said referee.

Imagine you were going about your daily job, and every time you made a mistake, or someone thought you made a mistake even though they don't fully understand your job, they publicly yelled and screamed at you. This is what referees deal with in almost every game. Some referees have to be escorted away from the field because they are afraid for their safety.  Is it any wonder that we are struggling to find enough referees to work our games? This is a direct result of the ongoing abuse that referees withstand.

When a spectator abuses a referee their Club is subject to heavy discipline fines.  Clubs have the right to have policies that state that spectators who cause discipline are required to pay any discipline fines.  Coaches who abuse referees are subject to lengthy suspensions.

We can debate at length about the quality of referees, and the excuses that people give for yelling at referees, but they do not matter.  Referee, player and coach abuse is not tolerated for any reason.

I am hoping that this year we think twice before yelling at a referee, especially a teenager trying their best to help our community out.  Please do your part. 

Looking for a Summer Job? Become a referee!

Brockville Soccer Club is currently recruiting referees for house league and competitive soccer games. Please go to the Ontario Soccer website for more information on certification for the referee designation. This is a paid position and is a great summer job for adolescents and pre-teens!

The Club will reimburse the certification course costs and will provide Club-owned referee equipment to help you start your referee journey.

Please email the Club for more information or if you have any questions!

Brockville Soccer Club Inc.

The Brockville Soccer Club strives to create enjoyable and affordable soccer programs for the Brockville, Ontario community and it's surrounding areas. We use the grassroots approach when teaching soccer and aim to support everyone in their soccer playing journeys whether it is their first time playing or they have played for years. We offer indoor and outdoor house league divisions, and competitive soccer divisions.

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