Minutes of the 5 October 2017 Meeting

Minutes of meeting held at York NHS Sports & Social Club
On 5th Oct with 36 members and guests present.

Paul Ballantyne said a few words about Bob Grainger (ex member and member of York FA and York  Minor League) and a minute’s silence was held in his memory.

The chairman welcomed the large attendance to the meeting.

Apologies were received from Mssrs Godson, Coote, Kaye, Shiers

Minutes from the last meeting were on line, no matters arising.

Social functions; appeals were made to attend a joint function of CRAs & CFA at Northallerton (22 Oct); Dinner , date 7th April, Marriott Hotel,£28.50. guest Geoff Eltringham (national list ref)

Membership 27, with subs due, and discounted fee ends this month.

Problem corner,  instance of abuse from club AR on far touchline with no spectators on; instance of player banter get out of hand.  Various views discussed and hopefully advice given.

The evenings guest, Neil Swarbrick gave a presentation of clips and inviting feedback and alternative decisions if necessary.  Main outcome of the evening was; protect yourselves and look after yourselves. There then followed a Q & A session.

A Presentation was made to John Ledgeway for his commitment during his ten years as chairman.

A.o.B.  an appeal was made for 3 refs and race night at Flag and Whistle

Meeting closed at 9.30

Minutes from the 7 September 2017 Meeting

Minutes of the York RA Meeting
Held at York NHS Sports & Social Club
on 7 September 2017
with 19 members present

The Chair welcomed all to the meeting and the start of the new season, noting a number of apologies due to evening fixtures.

A minute’s silence was held in memory of Eddie Benson MBE, a long-time member and first recipient of the Chairman’s Award.

Members were made aware of the County RA games evening at Northallerton on Sunday 22nd October, and the visit of Neil Swarbrick, Premier League referee, to our next meeting on 5 October.

Membership stands at 25 at the start of the new season, with subs now due.

David King walked through 2017/8 Law updates with members.

Problem Corner: an issue was raised where a referee had abandoned a game due to a tackle resulting in a broken leg. There was a chance that assault charges would be brought against the offending player; the referee was advise to direct any contact towards the County FA and to use the national RA for support as required.

Conor Ledgeway, Liam Powell and Conan Dunne then gave a great presentation describing their experiences officiating at the Iber Cup in Portugal, representing the North Riding FA.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9:10pm.

Minutes of meeting – 7 Sept 2017

Minutes of meeting held on 7th September 2017

At NHS Sports and Social Club

With 20 members and guests in attendance

Chairman, Sam Bayley welcomed all to the first meeting of the new season

Apologies were received from Mssrs; Hotchkies and Thornton.

Eddie Benson, MBE – a minutes silence was held in respect of Eddie who passed away on 13th August 17. A card had been sent by Ian. Ex-member and FA Tutor, Eddie was also recipient of first York RA Chairman’s Award in 1991. Funeral on 1 |Sept was well supported.

NRCRA Quiz / Games night; this is on Sunday (6-9pm) 22 October at Northallerton RA – need to support this evening with at least 2 teams of four.

Next meeting – 5 October sees Neil Swarbrick, PGMO Referee, as the guest; need to publicise this event.

Problem corner, there was some discussion regarding referees being involved in a court case involving a tackle in the game (J Ham). David King raised some of the new Law changes, specifically the penalty kick and sanctions; recommended that members read the Law changes and particularly Law 12.

Conor Ledgeway, Liam Powell and Conan Dunne, presented their experiences from their trip to Portugal in July (Ibercup). They talked about preparation for the tournament, expectations and challenges. Mentioned games they officiated in and the challenges faced (heat, language barrier, etc.) Enjoyed the trip and are better referees as a result. David King (Observer) who attended congratulated the guys on their efforts in Portugal and this evening.

A.o.B. None.

Meeting closed at 9.00

Minutes of the 4 May 2017 Meeting

Minutes of meeting held after the AGM on 4th May 2017

At NHS Sports Club with 17 members present

Apologies were received from A McEvoy and D Milburn

Minutes last meeting were on line, no matters arising.

Report from Saturday League;  

Temporary Dismissals (sin bins)  all county CEOs at leagues step 7 and below will be required to trial the system. This will be for dissent only.

The Minster Engineering League will not be implementing  this for next season ( W Yorks and Humber may, though this is not confirmed).   

Black Kits; these will be banned by the York league.

Alcohol on touchline; the home clubs responsibility unless it is inside the respect barriers. Then it becomes under the jurisdiction of the CFA.

Rolling subs will be used in all reserve sections next season.

The league will pay back an agreed sum of the training fees for the first year of the new referee candidates.

Problem Corner; P Hartley  gave a report on an incident where player broke a leg, then ref pulled his hamstring with Andrew Blakey taking AR duties. The match did not finish until 5.05.

A.o.B. 2 York refs on National League North Playoff Semi Final 2nd Leg. Congratulations Nick Hawksby and Elliott Heward.

IFAB web site has all the law changes from June 1st.  Many routine but many require attention

Meeting closed at  8.55

Ian Hotchkies


Minutes of the 2017 AGM (4 May 2017)

Minutes of AGM held 4th May 2017

At NHS Sports Club with 17 members present

Chairman welcomed all to the meeting

Apologies were received from A McEvoy and D Milburn

Mins of last AGM with no matters arising

Secretary’s Report was given.

Treasurers Report was verbal due to accounts being behind due to stock lists. Bank balances very   healthy. Ideas discussed regarding possibility of using some of the monies

Rules of Y C & D RA a new set of rules have been drawn up, in keeping with present times. These were discussed and a honorarium awarded to the Referee Development Officer in line with the Treasurer and Secretary.   These were passed.

Election of Officers;

President; Ian Hotchkies
Chairman; Sam Bayley
Vice Chair; Jonny Ham
Secretary; Ian Hotchkies
Treasurer; John Ledgeway
Ref Development; James Unwin
Membership; James Unwin
Supplies; Brandon Bishop
Communications; David King
Officers without Portfolio; Brian Smith; Conor Ledgeway; Paul Ballantyne; Anthony Thornton; Matt Butcher.

NRCRA Delegates; D King; I Hotchkies
Auditor; R Price
York FA Reps; D King; G Bradbury.

There being no permissible business meeting closed at 8.10

Ian Hotchkies


Proposed Rule Changes to the May 2017 AGM

All members of the RA get voting rights at the AGM. This year, as well as electing your committee members, we’d like you to help us vote on some changes to our Association Rules. The Rules govern how we operate and how your Committee take decisions on behalf of the membership.
The proposed rule changes look to provide a forward looking, successful RA and also clarify the position of the Association as a charity, as well as the responsibility of the committee members as its Trustees.

Minutes from the 6 April 2017 Meeting

Minutes of meeting held on 6th April 17

At NHS Sports and Social Club

With 34 members and guests in attendance

Vice-chairman, Jonny Ham welcomed all, especially the newly qualified members.

Apologies were received from Mssrs; Bayley; Atkinson; King; Rich; Casterton; Shiers; and Godson.

Dinner; time running out for late names; menu selections;

Non League Finals; details on line from RA HQ for free tickets covering both matches.

Congratulations were give to the level 6-5 and 7-6 promotions.

New refs were introduced to their mentors.

Problem corner, there was a lot of discussion regarding the Keith Stroud , Newcastle penalty incident where the wrong  decision was given.  A broken leg incident and players  reactions ; an advantage and following incident were both discussed at length.

David Ward, Radio York match day presenter then gave a n outline of the workings of the day. He has been involved for 10 years now with hosting the programme. He discussed various topics; players; board; managers; attitudes. There then followed a question and answer session.

A.o.B. the topic of the CFA allowing coloured kits arose. At the present moment it is Watch this Space.

Meeting closed at 9.00

Ian Hotchkies


Minutes of the 2 March 2017 Meeting

Minutes of Meeting held on 2nd March 2017
At NHS Sports and Social Club
With 28 members and guests present.

 The chairman welcomed all to the meeting

No Apologies were tendered.

Details were given regarding ; RA-FA Youth Council; BARA Hub meeting 13th March; Hamilton Panthers new clubhouse opening; News releases from CFA; Names required for Cup Final Tickets; Names required for next seasons committee; Polo shirts not moving quickly.

Social Events ; Lol Cussons  evening (3 march); Dinner 22 April, £22.50; payment and menu choices (on web) required ASAP. Ian Blanchard our guest at the Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road our venue.

The evening’s guest then proceeded to give a very entertaining presentation entitled “ Expect the Unexpected”. This entailed learning from experience and mistakes, covering drop balls; delaying restarts; outside influences; corner flags; sending off incidents. This was followed by a Q&A session. After approx  2 hours time was called on a very instructive and entertaining evening.

Apologies were given for missing out Any other business

Meeting closed at 9.40


Ian Hotchkies

Minutes of the 2 February 2017 Meeting

Minutes of meeting held on 2nd Feb 2017
At NHS Sports Club with 24 members and guests.

The chairman welcomed all to the meeting.

Apologies were received from Mssrs Kaye and Bradbury.

Rob Atkin, National list AR our guest for the evening then gave an interactive presentation entitled “ How to be liked as a referee “. This took the format of speed dating where the younger members got two and a half mins selling themselves to their older colleagues. With the older saying who impressed the the most after all had been round. It was the three youngest lads who impressed with Tom getting 5 votes; George 3 and Conor 2. Rob also gave an outline of his career with experiences. This was a highly entertaining evening which got everyone talking to each other.

Considering Rob asked to be on first so he could get away sharpish, aiming to finish about 9, the presentation finished 9.30 and he stopped to the end.

Details were given, regarding dinner, Lol Cussons evening, polo shirts.

Colin Atkinson said that some referees’ were not sending in disciplinary forms. Was mentioned that the Whole Game system was not always working.

There being no more business meeting closed at 9.50.

Ian Hotchkies


Minutes of the 5 January 2017 meeting

Minutes of meeting held on 5th Jan 2017
At NHS Sports & Social Club
With 28 members and guests.

The chairman welcomed all and wished everyone all the best for the new year.

Apologies were received from Mssrs McEvoy; Coote; Thornton.

Details were given regarding; dinner (22 April, details on line), Membership.

John Key gave details of a RA Hub event to be held 16th Jan, by Barkston Ash RA.

Problem Corner; Details of an incident during the recent Spurs V Chelsea match were discussed. The pros and cons of rolling subs were discussed

The evening’s guest Ben Thaler, Super League Official then gave a presentation outlining his career, interspaced throughout with advice to young and up and coming refs, regarding the dos and don’ts, education, social life, working as a team, learning from senior refs and cherry pick if required, be on players’ wavelengths. Develop your own style. Ben then took a question and answer session and called halt after 90 minutes.

There being no more business meeting closed at 9.20

I Hotchkies