Not that it's going to bother me now so much but do advisors take any note of the provision of flags? And/or put the onus on the referee to provide any in lieu of the TJ not having his/her own?
I've never heard of it so I guess not but there's always one! :biggrin:
1. Serious comment - always try to supply or ensure the TJs have flags in every match you do. When running a To3 always have flags. They are a basic management requirement for effective communication and control. Flags are basic equipment like boots, short/shorts etc, none of which we pay for as a Society, but is up to the referee to purchase.
2. Less serious comment - I expect to watch Society Refs with flags (RFU, Society or their own), clean black boots (white laces optional Simon Smith), socks with tie ups, neatly pressed shirt tucked into neatly pressed shorts (no lycra visible), with an ACME Thunderer metal whistle. :biggrin:
3. Background comments - when I joined our Society in 2000 I was given a pair of green/yellow cloth flags (home made by a Committee member's wife), and told to go to B&Q to buy a broomstick and two plastic garden hoe handles. After using a saw and some super glue, I had a pair of flags - still got them !
When we had some sponsorship money one year, we bought TJ flags for all active referees - 100 refs and £10 a set of flags - you do the maths ! But not the £25 quality flags RFU use and London Society dished out some years ago.
Then for 8 seasons we had no sponsor, so we sold bought in bulk TJ flags via our Deeps' Society Haberdashery shop at a subsidised price.
Now we have a sponsor again, we have supplied our regular refs with special flags in their colours with company name, tel number and email on them.