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The Queensland Rugby League has created a new initiative to make it easy for all watching the game at their local ground that the referees are under 18 years old.

The “If their socks are green, they are under 18′ campaign aims to create a positive environment for referees under the age of 18 in the Queensland Rugby League.

Referees in this age group wear green socks to signify their age and status.

The campaign advocates for treating these young referees with respect, refraining from abuse, and understanding that they are still learning, just like the players.

Clubs such as the Eagleby Giants JRLFC have made posts to let their following know to look out for these young up and coming referees.

By fostering a supportive atmosphere, the campaign aims to enhance the experience for young referees and contribute to their development in officiating rugby league matches.

Local Ref
Local Ref

Key Pillars

  • Respect: Treat young referees with the same respect you would expect for yourself or others. Their age does not diminish the importance of their role on the field.
  • Encouragement: Offer words of encouragement and support, recognizing the challenging nature of their role and the learning process they are undergoing.
  • Patience: Understand that young referees are still developing their skills and may make mistakes. Exercise patience and provide constructive feedback.
  • Role models: Be a positive role model for young referees by demonstrating good sportsmanship and respect for officials.
  • Learning together: Remember that everyone, including referees, is constantly learning and improving. Approach each game as an opportunity to grow and develop skills.
  • Supportive environment: Create a supportive environment where young referees feel comfortable asking questions and seeking guidance.
  • Fair play: Uphold the principles of fair play and sportsmanship, showing respect for the game and its participants.
  • Lead by example: Lead by example, showing respect for all participants on the field and setting a positive tone for others to follow.
  • Feedback: Provide constructive feedback in a respectful manner, focusing on areas for improvement while acknowledging successes.
  • Enjoyment: Remember that rugby league is a game meant to be enjoyed by all. By supporting young referees, we contribute to the overall enjoyment and success of the game.
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