The multiple no-show events that have occurred this season have prompted the Board to develop a policy which can be applied to any future incidents.
The referee that did not show must forfeit at least one assigned match in the current assignment period and will not be offered any assignments in the next assigning period (the period is usually provided in two-week increments).
The other member(s) of the referee team shall forfeit one assigned match if he/she/they fail to contact the assigner or assistant assigner prior to the start of the match. As long as one of the other team members has made contact (not merely tried to contact) the assigner and the referee team received instructions on how to proceed, the obligation to report the no show shall have been deemed met. Contact may be via email, texting or phone call. The game report must include person contacted and direction provided.
Communication before the game is imperative to prevent future problems. Number 1 officials should contact their partners prior to the game. All officials should bring the phone numbers of your partners and the Assigner and Assistant Assigner to your games so you can either check on your partners if late or notify the authorities if any problem presents itself.
Report any irregularities to the Assigner immediately after any game affected by a no-show. We hope that the punitive measures will not have to be implemented in any future cases. If we all do a few small things regarding communication there should be no further difficulties. Thank you.
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