Tomorrow, Oct 22nd is designated as Referee Respect Day and the GAA is running a campaign on radio and social media platforms to highlight the importance of match officials, In addition to the ‘Referee Respect Day’, several other initiatives will take place over the coming months, including:
Rules Review – Review of the Rules concerning infractions against Match Officials
- Review of how serious infractions against match officials within the Association are processed
- Updated training courses on disciplinary procedures for disciplinary committee at all levels
- Additional training for match official reporting of infractions
There will also be an in-depth review of the ‘Give Respect Get Respect Campaign’
Uachtarán Chumann Luthchleas Gael, Larry McCarthy, has written to all club secretaries noting that “to be the embodiment of the GAA manifesto, Where We All Belong requires that no one is left out or left behind. The people who act as match officials ensure your games take place, and without them, there would be no games. These people are just as important to the GAA as every player, coach, committee member and volunteer. They are dedicated to Gaelic games, have a passion for their vocation and have families who are proud of the contribution they make. How we treat them says something about us and the only treatment we should tolerate is one of utmost respect”. The full letter can be read at the link below.