Meeting 5 Sept – Minutes

York RA September Monthly Meeting

held at York Hospital Social Club on 5th September 2019


No. of attendees: 27

Apologies (12 no) received from: Ian Hotchkies, Tony Thornton, Alan Rose, Matthew Cottingham, Geoff Hartley, Andy Luff, Adam Clements, George Smith, James Black, Harry Richards, Andy Kay, and Craig Atkin.

  • The meeting commenced at 19:32 with newly elected Chairman Alan Kaye welcoming members, old and new, alongside guest Darren England, PGMOL Select Group 2 Championship referee
  • A minute’s silence was held for Life Member Reg Baren, (Ex-Vice Chair) and Bill Burns, (Ex-football league referee from Scarborough)
  • Alan proceeded to introduce the members of the committee to the fellow members before mentioning the York RA website and National RA deals/offers that members may be interested in
  • Membership fees were announced as unchanged, with everyone encouraged to sign up either online or see John to get it sorted
  • Future guest speakers were also announced, with high profile names such as Andy Halliday (Ex-Premier League Assistant referee and current VAR Assistant Operator) and Ben Thaler (Super League referee) attending upcoming meetings
  • Barry Casterton provided a brief safeguarding presentation in order to highlight the importance of looking after U18s and not putting yourself at risk
  • Dave King then conducted a brief presentation on the new ‘sin bin protocol’ that will affect the majority of members. The main message being to be in control of the situation and learn the different scenario’s that can occur on matchday

FA Sinbin Guide / Information

  • A 10-minute break was held before Darren’s presentation on the new law changes alongside a bit of VAR discussion. Particular mention was given to the substitutions and drop-ball law changes, as they have been the most relevant/prominent for him when operating on the championship

IFAB App download for members

  • The laws were followed up with a short Q + A before Paul Ballantyne gave the vote of thanks and presentation made by Brian Smith
  • The meeting concluded at 21:33 whereby everyone agreed that Darren had yet again provided our association with a quality presentation, which we hope will persuade new faces to come back next month and spread the word

Next meeting is 3 October 2019 (Committee on 26 Sept)

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