I hope this message finds you all well and fit and happy with your refereeing?
I will start with huge congratulations to Andrew McGachan who was the second recipient of the Archie Webster Memorial Trophy. Well done to Andrew, keep up the good work!
I would like to bring to all of your attention that there is a new interpretation of the Offside Law for season 2013/14. I have taken a few phone calls from Fife referees with regard these changes where they were uncertain of what the new interpretation is. Although I am happy to impart what knowledge I have on this change, I have pointed out that we covered this subject at the members meeting in August which I think went down very well with those present.
The primary focus of the Members' Monthly Meeting is the coaching and development of Referees. The coordinators slot is key to this aim and is the prefact avenue where we can all tap into the knowledge and experience of our more senior referees. With that in mind, I would urge everyone to try and attend the meetings even if it is only for this slot! Can I also say thank you to Stuart and Willie for taking the slot at the meeting in August in the absence of Lorraine and Dougie.
I would also like to point out that the coaching at the members meetings are not all about senior referees as this has changed in recent times and the coaching team are trying very hard to relate their slot to all grades of refereeing so please come along to the next meeting in September where once again, the subject of offside will be covered. Please attend the meeting to ensure you are up to date with the new interpretation.
On another on-going matter, we are still in the dark on the proposed changes that will be made by the SFA. There have still been very few questions from Fife members which I am surprised at? It is not too late to put forward any questions so please let me or the Association Secretary know if you have anything.
As a recap, there are changes to the structure of refereeing being proposed by the SFA which will see refereeing associations being brought into line with the regional set up of footballing clubs in Scotland. We will lose the benefits of local meetings and potential support structure as we know it just now so please if you have any questions around this get in touch.
Training now continues at the Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre (Fife Institute) on the new track and I am happy to say that it is a fantastic facility! Please come along and join in as it is there for your benefit.
Just a quick reminder to Senior Listed members of Fife Association if you cannot make training please let Ricky know a.s.a.p. Please do not let your lack of attendance become an issue!
On a final note I am disappointed that we have had to cancel the social event at the Bowlplex due to a lack of numbers. Can I please ask you all to try and support the events that the Social Committee work hard to set up. It is a great chance for some of our younger members to have a chat with the senior guys to get some advice, hints and tips on refereeing matters not to mention a laugh at some of their stories!
I look forward to seeing you all at training and at the next members meeting.