2012 Parramatta Referees looking for new talent
ARMCHAIR referees around the western suburbs are being asked to put down the remote and pick up a whistle for the rugby league season
The opening round is still months away, but the Parramatta District Referees Association is looking for a new crop of talent to join their growing ranks.
Referee Association spokesman Daniel Luttringer said the district needs an extra 30 members to officiate at each weekend's 200 competition games.
"Refereeing is a great way for older or injured players to stay involved in the game," Luttringer said.
"It's a handy way to earn some extra money also with mini junior games earning $18 a game and A grade upwards of $50."
Refereeing at the grass roots can also lead to representative honours with two of the district's members now professional referees with the NRL.
"Coming into the game at the grass-roots level is great for referees," Luttringer said. "It gives you a great understanding of the game and the support structure you need to help grow in the role.
Those looking to become fully-fledged whistle blowers need to complete an online referee test and a two-day clinic. On completion the budding referees will receive a certificate and be given a shadow referee to help them through their first two games. "Our association provides all the help new members need with the best training," Luttringer said.
Supporting the referees is a new code of conduct policy "tough love in league".
■ To become a referee, contact the recruitment office on 0488 233 733