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Injury

#1
I did very few fixtures during preseason although did keep my fitness up throughout the summer. However, this weekend I picked up an injury.

The injury occurred after my fixture Saturday and knowing I had a game Sunday morning I called the ref sec on the way home to advise him its unlikely I can fulfill my appointment due to the injury to which he said "I will see what i can do". Late that evening I called him again to find out if a replacement had been sourced and he said he hadn't but I could try so and so, he's available.

I called any referee I thought could be available but all were unable to help out so reluctantly called both clubs to advise that its unlikely I would be at the fixture tomorrow as I have picked up an injury but I would call again in the morning to confirm. I called the following morning to confirm the injury was no better and I was unable to come to the fixture at which point the clubs contacted the referee secretary.

I have now had to withdraw from a number of fixtures including AR for FA Vase a supply league game which I always enjoy, on the bright side it looks to be only a minor 7-10 day lay off so hopefully won't impact my promotion season too much.

Couple of questions really
1) the ref sec is new this year but surely its for him to source & appoint a replacement referee
2) How will it be viewed on the supply league and via the FA. I gave my supply league 2 weeks notice and the FA 1 week?

Last season I was available to the Sunday league even if i didn't have a fixture on would readily be on standby for any last minute appointments etc so i feel really let down by the league which then made me question if I wanted to continue refereeing

Injuries happen, I am not sure what I could have done although I will probably now just accept 1 appointment a week
 

alexgr

Well-Known Member
#2
Not really much you can do - even if they’re annoyed, you’ve given them as much notice as possible. At the end of the day, injuries are just one of those things - refereeing those matches on the Sunday would only have aggravated it
 

Big Cat

RefChat Addict
#3
I did very few fixtures during preseason although did keep my fitness up throughout the summer. However, this weekend I picked up an injury.

The injury occurred after my fixture Saturday and knowing I had a game Sunday morning I called the ref sec on the way home to advise him its unlikely I can fulfill my appointment due to the injury to which he said "I will see what i can do". Late that evening I called him again to find out if a replacement had been sourced and he said he hadn't but I could try so and so, he's available.

I called any referee I thought could be available but all were unable to help out so reluctantly called both clubs to advise that its unlikely I would be at the fixture tomorrow as I have picked up an injury but I would call again in the morning to confirm. I called the following morning to confirm the injury was no better and I was unable to come to the fixture at which point the clubs contacted the referee secretary.

I have now had to withdraw from a number of fixtures including AR for FA Vase a supply league game which I always enjoy, on the bright side it looks to be only a minor 7-10 day lay off so hopefully won't impact my promotion season too much.

Couple of questions really
1) the ref sec is new this year but surely its for him to source & appoint a replacement referee
2) How will it be viewed on the supply league and via the FA. I gave my supply league 2 weeks notice and the FA 1 week?

Last season I was available to the Sunday league even if i didn't have a fixture on would readily be on standby for any last minute appointments etc so i feel really let down by the league which then made me question if I wanted to continue refereeing

Injuries happen, I am not sure what I could have done although I will probably now just accept 1 appointment a week
Specifically, what made you feel let down by the league? Something significant must have been said for you to be left so demotivated
 

RobOda

RefChat Addict
#5
Injuries happen, I am not sure what I could have done although I will probably now just accept 1 appointment a week
This is partially why I try and ensure that I'm refereeing with rest days in-between. Say, Saturday-Monday-Wednesday rather than Saturday-Sunday-Monday.

Injuries happen and if you have the spare day to recover it can really help either for yourself in recovery or for the officers to sort out a replacement. Not saying that you can't load up on fixtures - just be aware of your own body and the capabilities as such - I do feel a lot of referees over-exert themselves in this respect.


But anyway, you've done the correct thing in notifying and withdrawing. As far as I'm aware, it's usually the appointments officer who sorts out replacements.

Saying that you might want to check the league rules though - some leagues do have a minimum notification period - can be 2-3 days minimum for withdrawal and some officers will see it as partially your own fault if you've accepted too many fixtures that you don't have enough minimum time to report your withdrawal. - Usually they'll apply common sense here though.

Assuming they've got the hump, is this perhaps why? (Not having a go at you though, your health is the priority and there's nothing you can do about injuries tbh.)
 
#6
Ref's secretaries have a hard job (wouldn't do it myself), and they will be frustrated when they are "let down" last minute, but I would always think the best in this type of scenario and assume they are frustrated with the situation rather than you (the OP).

Definitely their responsibility to sort a replacement, but I have always done what you've done if I have to come off a game and let the Home club know.

As to what harm this can do - well if the ref secretary can't easily find a replacement if you're injured, they can hardly not consider appointing you when you're fit as they clearly aren't oversubscribed!

in terms of Supply league / FA, these chaps are always talking to each other, so make sure you're availability is the same for both, anything else can land you in a potentially sticky situation.
 
#7
I am genuinely injured so have let the FA/Supply League & Local league ref secs know and have closed all dates for the next two weeks.

I missed 0 games last year, in fact i did over 70 often taking games at the last minute to help the leagues out, sometimes even replacing late withdrawals!

Time to focus on recovery so I don't jeopardise the promotion season
 
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