MAINE MENTOR'S CODE
(Provided by Peter Levasseur, WMBASO)
Maine mentors only mentor at
games to which they are assigned. Mainly mentors will not engage in a mentoring
role of any kind unless they have been formally assigned to do so by a
recognized referee assignor.
Maine mentors only wear clothing identifying them as mentors to games to which they are officially assigned. Wearing referee mentor clothing to other games only confuses parents, players, coaches and referees.
Maine mentors that are not assigned to a game they are watching do not interfere in that game, unless the threat of referee abuse or assault is obvious and immediate, and no other adult authorities appear likely to intervene.
Maine mentors will not mentor games were a potential conflict of interest or the appearance of conflict of interest exists. Maine mentors are to disclose potential conflicts to referee assignor's. Anytime a Maine mentors child, grandchild, or other relative is playing in a game, this is to be considered an obvious potential conflict of interest and the mentor is not to play the role of mentor during that game.
Maine mentors always identify themselves to coaches and to the referee team before the game, identifying who has assigned them to that game, and clearly explaining their role.
Maine mentors minimize interference in games that they mentor; providing comments and assistance solely to the referee crew and then doing so primarily before the game, at half time, and briefly afterwards.
During regular season and postseason play, if a main mentor thinks that they can best assist in AR by moving along the field with them, they will ask them and their CR if they are comfortable with this, and upon agreement, then let the coaches know that this is what will be done. Maine mentors will engage in such activities when absolutely necessary and then to the minimum extent possible.
Maine mentors do not enter the field of play during regular season games, except in real emergencies (E. G. Potential referee abuse or assault, discussed above).
Mentors do not use referee signals during a game, and will not interfere with CR or AR decision-making. If a referee makes an error, mentors noted, and find a supportive way to address this with the referee off the field.
Mentors do not engage with parents, and limit their involvement with coaches to the initial introduction. If someone approaches a mentor, they are to be courteous, but indicate that they are there solely to improve the skills of the referees, not as an arbiter or interpreter of the Rules of the Game.
Mentors will not comment about any referee or officiating crew with the calls they have made to anyone other than the crew itself, the assignor that requested the mentoring, or the referees board administrators.