All clubs should have a qualified Emergency aid person present at each SBMSC match in case of injury. Some Mums and Dads may have Emergency Aid certification but if not, courses are run by First aiders, including St Johns Ambulance, Red Cross, The Berks and Bucks FA, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Wycombe District Council and others.
Club Welfare Officer Workshops
All clubs with teams that play in SBMSC must have an appointed Club Welfare Officer who must have attended a Club Welfare Officer Workshop. Berks & Bucks Football Association sometimes run courses at various venues around the Berks & Bucks area. However in order to attend this workshop, candidates must first have completed the Safeguarding Children Workshop.
To referee a SBMSC (South Bucks MiniSoccer Conference) match it is not necessary to have attended a referees course. To become formally qualified as a referee, there are sometimes courses at convenient venues and dates in Buckinghamshire. For these courses the minimum age is 14 years of age.
Whether or not you have a qualified referee, SBMSC requires each club to provide a game leader to referee the fixtures. Refereeing should be low key, allowing players to be responsible for their own conduct and decisions as far as practicable. At this young age group assistant referees (linesmen) are not necessary as it is felt to be beneficial for the players to be responsible for their own line calls. The game leader is responsible, together with the team managers, for the conduct of parents as well as players.
Parents should read the SBMSC code of conduct, variations of which have been adopted by many of our member clubs over the years. It is the team managers job to ensure they follow it at all times. The aim of these games is to take pressure off the players and allow the young players to enjoy and learn from the matches. Clubs whose parents persistently fail to follow the code of conduct will be disciplined. Parents should stand back from the sidelines to allow clear play up to the edges of the pitch, in line with the SBMSC pitch guidelines.
For U12 teams thinking of moving to 11 a side next season, Berks and Bucks F.A. website referee section describes the structure of refereeing the 11 a side game in the county.