Ground Official Roster – Current Round. The game schedule will be updated each Wednesday by 8pm, but please ensure you check the draw on Dribl and filter for the date and ground where you’re playing for any late changes.
It is a CDSFA requirement for clubs to provide a ground official for each of their home grounds upon which a match is being played.
From 2020 onwards the club has changed the format of how the Ground Official volunteers are assigned.
Each Balmain DFC home team needs to provide ONE volunteer for EVERY HOME game, EVERY WEEK. However, this is only for the one game prior to their own HOME GAME. This means if you are playing at one of Balmain DFC’s Home Grounds (as the HOME team) at 11am, you will need to provide Ground Official service for that field at whatever time the game before yours is scheduled for (e.g. 10am).
Ground officials are required to:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Arrive 10 minutes before the game commences to check in at the Canteen to obtain the Ground Official Vest
- Make themselves known to the referee before the start of the match
- Ensure that spectators stay behind ropes and fences and do not enter the field of play
- Ensure that the area behind the goal is kept clear at all times
- Ensure that no persons including coaches and managers enter the field of play until signalled by the referee
- Assist the referee as requested at any time
- Ensure that the consumption of alcohol or smoking does not take place in the immediate vicinity of the playing field until after the completion of the last match.
There are times when the unfortunate occurs and there is a fight which becomes physical – if you can assist in helping stop the fight, great, but at no stage should any BDFC official get themselves in harm’s way by getting in the middle of a physical fight.
It is however, very important that the BDFC volunteer / official takes a detailed summary of the incident including recording player numbers and the sequence of events. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT as the association will require the club to make a written statement in due course. The report needs to be recorded in the match day folder situated at the canteen. BDFC staff will be able to provide assistance if required. The club’s General Manager must also be notified immediately. Matteo’s number is 0432 813 499
Frequently asked Questions:
What happens if you are the first game of the day?
One team supporter /parent will be required to be the ground official while their own game is in progress. Players (18+) participating in the game CANNOT rotate to act as a ground official.
What happens if you are the last game of the day?
You will only need to provide a volunteer for the game before your own. The club will provide ground officials for the last home game of the day.
What happens if you are playing a home game AWAY FROM HOME?
If you are playing a home game at a neutral (or away) ground, you’re required to provide one volunteer for your game ONLY. There is no need to provide volunteers for games before or after yours at a neutral or away ground. This also applies to mid-week (night) games at neutral or away fields.
What happens if you are playing an AWAY game at a BDFC ground?
If you are playing an away game at a BDFC home ground, then the normal volunteer guidelines apply. Your team needs to provide a volunteer for the game prior to yours.
What happens if you are playing a mid-week night game at a BDFC ground?
If you are playing a mid-week night game at a BDFC home ground, you’re required to provide one volunteer for your game ONLY. There is no need to provide volunteers for games before or after yours.
The price of not attending:
If a team fails to provide a Ground Official, CDSFA levy a fine of $110 (equivalent to a forfeit fee) for the first offence as a club. This will be passed on to the team, and all player cards will be deactivated until this is paid. Subsequent offences by the club will incur a $220 fine per team.