Ten SKA members attended a short refereeing theory workshop on Sunday, February 3. The workshop included targetted discussion of key playing rules, as well as an EKA-standard 1-hour long written examination. The aim was to improve everyone’s knowledge of the rules of the game, and the exam allowed us to test just how good that knowledge was (including the identification of any key shortcomings). And the outcome? Well, the SKA can now proudly say that it has ten more theory qualified referees, for one thing. And with any luck, this will be just the first steps in the progression of ten more people on the ref’s development ladder. The next step for most people will involve putting the theory into practice, either during club training sessions or, with appropriate mentoring, in the SKL*.
*As a post-script: it was really good to see one participant, Louise Pirie, putting her newly gained qualification into practice during last weekend’s SLK2 fixture between Dundee and Ed. Uni. 3. Thanks too to Graham Robertson for mentoring.