Anon - 731
""Most referees I know whom have quit have done so because of the BSA/BA".
Is this the referees reasoning? Which goes back to the point, maybe they think they are better than they actually are? And deserve more?
Hence they arent getting opportunities to advance so they quit and do something else"
Perhaps they did not get the opportunity to advance - because they were not good enough? yet they thought they were the best thing going around.
I agree with the three names listed above as very good quality referees, whom unfortunatley were on the outer side of the national panel for the number of required referees. However they all had the ability to perform on par with the guys ahead of them. However, not saying that they used this reason, but if you know the panel only has 6 referees, and your not in that 6, why do you not take a good hard look at yourself and do what you need to, to improve.
I believe that if you are good enough at something, dedicated enough and committed to it, you have every chance of reaching your goals. The answer of, 'well i didnt get advanced and given a chance, so I quit', draws comparisons to taking your ball and going home.
Sure alot of people want to make it to the elite level, but particularly in refereeing, alot of refs think they are alot better than what they actually are, and they crack the shits everytime things dont go there way, and there are exmaples of this every single season at local level.
I get womens games every week - im quitting
I dont do enough good games - im quitting
Oh didnt make finals panel - im quitting
Oh didnt get the grand final - im quitting
Oh that ref is ahead of me - im quitting
Oh that ref coach said i wasnt good - im quitting
Too many referees except it given to them on a silver platter, which is breading this poor attitude of 'im above the level of game I get rostered to'. This was born through not having enough referees at a junior level years back, that is still signifcantly hurting the numbers.
Smarter development pathways, better rostering of referees, and holding them accountable is the only way to buck the trend, that continues to get worse every year. If you are not good enough to referee div 2 men, and your not accredited to do that level, you should not do it!! Instead of 'gap-filling' across the board, and making sure all games have 2 referees so on a piece of paper it looks all wonderful, actually roster referees accordingly to their ability and accreditation! If a referee constantly makes themself unavailable for these games, and wont referee when asked (1 maybe 2 mondays per month), let them know that they are not fulfilling their requirements, and until they do they will not be able to referee any higher.
Instead referees hold the powers to be hostage, with threats of quitting, until they are given everything they want when they want, refereeing at levels above where they should be, and not committed to help out when required. They then get rewarded with games above their level, think their shit dont stink and continue to demand. It is only when they hit the next level that they realise they cant pull the same schtick, get frustrated at not being 'allowed an opportunity' that they didnt actually deserve anyway! And then they quit.
So do referees quit because of lack of opportunity - you could say yes... is it bred from a terrible culture of political crap and no structure in place for correct development pathway - definatley.