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IHNZ Rule Book Update: Game Officials

IHNZ Rule Book Update: Game Officials

Posted February 01, 2022
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Background:
While we are working on ways to grow our referee base, we know that we do not currently have enough referees to cover all games across the country, especially at the senior and above level.  To allow teams to play games as scheduled we have made an addition to the rule book to address any cases where we do not have enough referees to cover a game.

Rule Book Addition:
(Effective from 1 February 2022)

4.2 Referees

b) If a Referee cannot appear for the match, IHNZ shall attempt to appoint another Referee. If IHNZ cannot provide a referee, rules 4.2 (q) and (r) will be enacted.

q) In the event that a single IHNZ appointed referee is not available for a game the following procedure will occur:

  1. The two team captains can agree to proceed with a single referee.
  2. If the two captains do not want to proceed with a single referee, then the home team will provide a player from their roster acceptable to both team captains and the IHNZ sanctioned referee, to act as the second referee. The IHNZ sanctioned referee will be the lead referee.
  3. If the above is not acceptable to both teams, then the game will be cancelled and rescheduled.

r) In the event that no IHNZ appointed referee is available for a game the following procedure will apply:

  1. Each team will provide one referee acceptable to the other team to referee the game with the home team’s referee being the lead referee.
  2. If the above is not acceptable to both teams, then the game will be cancelled and rescheduled.

 

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