Pitch INspections - How & Why
Pitch Inspections During this period of inclement weather it is important to remind referees of the requirements in relation to pitch inspections.
Who is Responsible for Pitch Inspections?
• It is the responsibility of the match referee to decide whether or not it is safe to start the game.
• The only exception to this is for those grounds which come under the control of local Councils who can declare that games will not go ahead. Usually this decision is made on a Thursday or Friday.
• If a club is concerned about the state of the pitch they can contact the match referee and ask them to carry out an early pitch inspection. This is a good practice, especially if the visiting team has a long way to travel or will incur costs for transport, e.g. coach hire.
• If the appointed referee is unable to make an early inspection or lives some distance from the ground then another referee can carry out the inspection on their behalf. In these circumstances it is important that the referee carrying out the inspection discusses the situation with the match referee prior to making a final decision.
• At no time should the referee be influenced by either of the teams’ opinions on whether or not the game should go ahead.
Conducting the Inspection
• When conducting the pitch inspection the paramount consideration is the players’ safety.
• If there is snow on the ground and the pitch markings cannot be seen then the game cannot go ahead. If, however, the pitch markings can be seen it is possible to play on the snow but bear in mind player safety and ask the questions, “Will it be safe or hard underneath the snow? Will the game become farcical?”
• If there is a light covering of snow or any doubt, it is suggested you put some boots on and take a ball onto the Field of Play. If you feel uncomfortable running on the surface or the ball will not run true this should indicate to you that the game should not be played. Please bear in mind your main responsibility is the safety of the players.
• If there is frost then a good indicator is if the surface does not yield to studded boots it is dangerous and the game should not go ahead irrespective of how small the surface area affected.
• If the sun is out and the temperature is rising then consider delaying the start for thirty minutes but take into consideration what the light conditions will be like at the end of the game. Also ask yourself the question. “Will conditions improve or get worse?”
• A pitch with hard deep frosted ruts or divots caused by a previous game is less likely to become playable than a pitch with only a “crusty” surface frost.
• If the pitch is waterlogged then the “drop ball” test is always a good indicator, i.e. if the ball does not bounce when it hits the surface then the game may become unsafe or farcical. Always take into account the size of area affected and the location, e.g. a pool of water near the corner flag is less of a problem than in the penalty area.
• When you have made the decision let the teams know as early as possible.
• Finally, do not rush your decision but remember safety is of paramount importance and if in doubt error on the side of caution and do not play the game.
Disciplinary Forms - Explained
Reporting Cautions / Sendings off in North Gwent & Gwent County
An Official Referee Report Form (DC1) must be completed for every Caution issued in the match you officiated on, this is yellow in color. The appropriate offence code must be inserted inside the Caution Code column (If it is C1 Offence you must then Enter a sub code). All boxes at the top of this form should be filled in.
Up to six cautioned players for the same side can be reported on one DC1 Form
C1* Unsporting Behaviour
C2 Shows dissent by word of mouth
C3 Persistently infringing the laws of the game
C4 Delays the restart of play
C5 Fails to Respect the required distance at a restart
C6 Enter or Re-enters the field of play without the referees permission
C7 Deliberately leaves the field of play without the permission of the referee
C1* Sub Codes
AA Adopting an aggressive attitude
CO Charging an Opponent
GC Goal Celebration
HB Deliberate Handball
PP Pushing or Pulling An Opponent
RT Reckless Tackle
TR Tripping an Opponent
UB Other Unsporting Behaviour - Must Be Specified
Ensure that club secretaries full address has been written in box in bottom left hand corner (including Postcodes)
DC1 Forms should be submitted within two days of the Match
Yellow Copy - Sent to Club
White Copy - Disiplinary Secretary
If a player has been sent off during your game, you must fill in a DC2 Form which is Red in Color.
Again ensure all the boxes are filled in accurately.
This is one player per form, you must fill in time of offence and also the law 12 section code used from below.
Sending-off offence codes
S1 - is guilty of serious foul play.
S2 - is guilty of violent conduct
S3 - spits at an opponent or any other person.
S4 - denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball. (does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area.)
S5 - denies an obvious goal scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the players goalby an offence punishable by a Free Kick or Penalty Kick.
S6 - uses offensive, insulting or abusive language and / or gestures
S7 - receives a second caution in the same match.
Referee sending-off reports must be submitted to the Disiplinary Secretary Peter Aston Within Two Days of the Match,
**Ensure that club secretaries full address has been written in box in bottom left hand corner (including Postcode)**
FOR DC2 FORMS BOTH COPIES GO TO PETER ASTON