Dealing With Difficult Coaches

Question: How should I handle coaches who are loud and disrespectful to my assistant referees and me during games?

Answer: This is one of the toughest things for referees to handle. The game can be going just fine until you lose focus for a split-second and make the wrong call on whose possession it is for a throw-in and all of a sudden the coach of the team who is affected by your call will start screaming and throwing a fit over something that isn’t really that big of a deal. Here is how you should deal with it if a coach is giving you a hard time:

*NOTE: these are suggestions and your judgment should always come first. Utilize law 18!

  1. Wait for a stoppage in play, then go over to the coach and ask him/her to quiet down and talk to you at halftime or after the game if they have a concern.
  2. If they continue, you should wait for a stoppage in play or stop play, depending on the severity of the incident and issue the coach a formal warning and tell him that he must stop or you will have to ask him to leave.
  3. If the coach continues to be out of control, you must ask him to leave the field of play and its immediate surroundings. You cannot show the coach a red card like you can to players or substitutes, but you should file a send off report or a disciplinary report with your league after the incident.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *