1. In all tournament games, an official Referee shall be employed, whose decisions shall be final, subject to Rule XI (Protests). 2. The Referee shall be the only official with the authority to stop play with his whistle:
a. The Referee may stop play in the event of any violation of the Field Rules and award a penalty, or declare offsetting penalties;
b. The Referee shall stop play if a Goal Judge or Side Judge indicates that the ball has gone out of play, or that a goal has been scored.
c. The Referee shall stop play if a player is injured to the extent that he does not continue play.
3. The Referee should be on foot, rather than mounted on a bicycle, in order to give him the freedom to move quickly in any direction.
4. Whenever possible, the Referee should not be a member of any team in the tournament; if no independent Referee is available, a player from a team already eliminated from contention should be employed whenever possible. (i.e. in all but the first game of an elimination event)
B. Goal Judges: There shall be a Goal Judge, equipped with a flag and several spare balls, at each end of the field, who may be called upon by the Referee to give testimony regarding events within that half of the field, including, but not limited to:
1. Whether the ball has passed between the goal posts, over the Goal Line, or over the End Line; and which team touched the ball last:
a. If the Goal Judge believes that the ball has passed between the goal posts and over the Goal Line, he shall raise his flag above his head;
b. If the Goal Judge believes that the ball has passed over the End Line, and was last touched by the attacking team, he shall point the flag to the side of the goal where he believes the ball crossed the End Line, and place a ball at the point on that side of the goal where the End Line intersects the Goal Crease semi-circle;
c. If the Goal Judge believes that the ball has passed over the End Line, and was last touched by the defending team, he shall wave the flag vigorously below his waist.
2. Any events which may have occurred while the Referee’s attention was focused elsewhere, but of which the Goal Judge feels the Referee should be made aware.
C. Side Judges: There shall be at least two, and preferably four, Side Judges, evenly divided between the two sides of the field. The Side Judges shall also be equipped with flags and several spare balls, and may be called upon by the Referee to give testimony as to events near their side of the field, including, but not limited to:
1. Whether the ball has crossed the Side Line: If the Side Judge believes that the ball has crossed the Side Line, he shall point his flag in the direction of the goal defended by the team which he believes last touched the ball, and place a ball on the Side Line at the point where he believes the ball crossed it.
2. Any events which may have occurred while the Referee’s attention was focused elsewhere, but of which the Side Judge feels the Referee should be made aware.
D. Timekeeper: There shall be a Timekeeper, who shall keep track of the elapsed time during a period, and notify the Referee of the time remaining whenever called upon to do so.
E. Scorer: There shall be an official Scorer, who shall keep a record of goals scored, the time at which they were scored, the players who scored them, and any other statistics deemed appropriate by the Tournament Committee.
F. Announcer: In the event that a loudspeaker system is used,
the Announcer shall not be considered an official, and shall not comment
on any rulings by the Referee or other officials, other than to explain
what those rulings are. If the Announcer questions or disputes any rulings
by the Referee or other officials, the Announcer shall be replaced.
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