To thoroughly test the efficacy of echo location in decision making for referees and television match officials with questionable eyesight and depth perception.
We, AREDICKS, will implement the system on a trial basis in 2015. The trials will be held at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney Australia and at MIB stadium in Melbourne during the Waratahs and Rebels home games against South African opposition, the Sharks and the Bulls respectively. The officials selected will be required to use the echo-location techniques detailed below when required to make decisions that materially affect the visiting teams’ chances of winning the game.
Technique A – When the visiting team appear to be at the start of an exciting attacking backline manoeuvre, the referee will close his eyes and make clicking sounds with his tongue and fingers. Based on the feedback he gets from these echo-location clicks, he will then rule that the pass was indeed forward.
Technique B – When the visiting team appear to have made a perfectly legitimate steal on the ground, the referee will again close his eyes and make the same clicking sounds with his tongue and fingers, based on the feedback he will then award a penalty to the home team.
Technique C – When the visiting team appear to have scored from a driving mall, the referee will refer the decision to the television match official after determining by means of a series of clicks that he cannot refute the try himself. The TMO will then close his eyes, and point his face at the television alongside him. He will then make a predetermined series of clicking sounds with his tongue in the direction of the television and based on his feedback will determine whether or not the ball has been grounded and whether or not the try should have been awarded.
Technique D – When the visiting team is suspected of foul play, the referee will refer the decision to the television match official after determining, by means of a series of clicks with his eyes closed, that he cannot issue a sanction of foul play himself. The TMO will then repeat the procedures per Technique C,and will determine that foul play did indeed occur, and will recommend a yellow or red card.
We, AREDICKS, will analyse the data after each game and thereafter a decision will be made, using a series of clicking sounds pointed at each other to judge each other’s’ facial expressions to determine whether or not the AREDICKS system should be implemented in all Australian refereeing training programs for officials with questionable eyesight and depth perception.