This service was started to resolve a number of problems with appointment of referees to London League Matches.
This system was having negative effects for Volleyball:-
The solution was designed to save everyone time and stop paying fortunes to the phone companies.
It uses a database containing all matches, all referees, all venues. It then tries to select referees to ask to take on a job, who are a) suitable, b) not overloaded c) within reasonable distance as well as d) available.
Ideally, a team secretary sends 1 request, and each referee gets at most 1 request for each day to see if they are available.
It has also been adapted to help find a replacement for those referees who have to withdraw from matches they have accepted.
It can also help with NVL Appointments.
What it does not do is help find a referee for those who have started the process themselves, been turned down, and then expect miracles.
I believe that when a referee receives a request from me, they see it as a genuine request, that they are one of the most suitable referees available for that game. I do not want to jeopardise that reputation by taking on a half done job, and send repeat requests to referees.
So anyone wanting help halfway through the process of finding a referee, must provide a list of the referees already contacted, and who have said No.
How it actually works
I am working on making this system work more efficiently, but can I explain how it works at present.
So while A & C still involve my personal interaction, there will be a delay in response.
Route B will always involve me personally, as I develop referees. I was actually employing the delay to make sure that you had the chance to say Yes or No to this game.