The following is a summary of the SRC’s presentation as part of the Superliga’s webinar last evening.
Assignor registration is now open through Gameofficials. You must login to your account and be certain you are in your assignor identity. From there, you will click on Courses and then Assignor Courses to complete registration. You can make your payment online with a credit card or you can mail the registration fee. Once approved you will be able to see reports for referees registered for 2013 and 2014 which can be sorted by zip code to assist you in finding your referees. There was discussion last evening about using the district function and requiring referees to enter a home association when they register. This may be useful for those of you who share zip codes with other assignors. Please let me know if this would be helpful for you.
Referee registration for re-certification is now open through Gameofficials. All recertification courses available for the year are listed on risrc.net. All officials must complete 4 hours of in-service training to recertify for 2014. Many have already completed two hours in the spring by attending a superliga pre-season meeting. They will need an additional 2 hours that can be achieved by attending a monthly course or on field course including those that will occur at Kohl’s Cup and the Barrington tournament. All recertification must occur by December 31, 2013 or they will incur a late fee. Once they have completed the in-service training required, they will go online to take the test and pay. At that time, their registration will be approved and sent to USSF. They should expect to receive materials from the federation including their badge in about 3 weeks. Badges will not be given out at clinics this year when recertifying.
Referee registration is now open for all new referees at Grade 9 or 8. All classes for the year are open and available for registration at risrc.net. All referees will begin at Grade 9 unless they are 16 years of age or have completed 12 months as a Grade 9 referee. We will open declaration for Grade 7 and above at the end of this year.
Al Ricci will be leading our mentor program. We will be revising the list to provide you with their contact information soon. Please contact the mentor assigned to your association soon and work out the details of how they can be most helpful to you and your referees. My expectation is that each mentor will visit your rec program at least once during this season to provide feedback to all your officials. In addition, they should be the primary point of contact for you and your referees for advice on how to develop and maintain current registration.
Our top 100 list of referees grade 8 under 25 years of age was discussed. This database has been created to assist in identifying those individuals who are working their way up the ladder by challenging themselves to work the most difficult matches that they can possibly be assigned to. We are encouraging them to raise their hand and pursue those assignments at the competitive and premier levels. We are providing them with incentive to travel to state and regional competitions where they can be seen and educated by national instructors. They are learning to work with referees from other states and regions. We have had two referees work at national championships this year. We encourage you to develop and promote your referees to the highest level. Then you will need to recruit and train the next group of those that will come from your association. Be proud of them when they move on. In addition, we are encouraging those referees to return to their home association and mentor that new group of younger referees. We believe that this ranking system provides an objective measure based upon assignments and not based upon anyone’s subjective opinion. Your assignments tell the truth.
“I like the top 100 list. It is a great way to make our young referees stronger and allows the pathway to becoming a national referee.
I think we (locally) need to do a better job of explaining to our referees what it is about and what they need to do to achieve it. If they only want to stay local, then that’s where they will stay and don’t expect to see your name higher on the list. It’s not necessarily a judge of their ability but recognition of them pursuing a greater goal and proving that ability beyond the local level.”
Received from an association president
Lessons learned from RI Cup.
Email: We invited all the referees in the Top 100 to attend the RI Cup championships this year. Many of them had never worked at a state wide competition. We learned that many are not accustomed to working with and checking their email frequently. Please encourage your referees to create their own email accounts and not use their parents. Please try to incorporate those emails into your weekly assignments so they can be accustomed to working this way especially when they move into the assign by superliga system. Assignments should not be left pending for more than 48 hours.
Appearance: Many young referees do not know what the appearance standards are. Please encourage them to present for their games with a black T shirt, referee shorts and referee socks pulled all the way up. They can then make a determination which referee jersey they will wear based upon what the teams are wearing. They will have determined this while performing their pre-game conference as they check in the teams. Please encourage this as they begin to work in your rec program and then especially when they begin working competitive matches in your town.
Positioning: A simple rule of thumb should be to keep the ball in view between yourself and your AR. We need to educate our young referees in this simple movement pattern so that they are not static in the center of the field. Please encourage this in your rec program.
Female initiative: We have discovered through our examination of every assignment made from this past spring forward a disturbing trend. Our young female referees are not given the same opportunity to advance beyond the U10 level in their assignments. Therefore, we have created a female referee initiative committee with participation from state, regional and local female assignors as well as representation from the Rhode Island Women’s Soccer league. We have made a concerted effort to establish and assign all female crews to female matches at the state level. We encourage you to do the same on the local level. We will continue to monitor this throughout the fall. Finally, we have invited Rachel Woo to speak to our young females next week at the West WarwickSeniorCenter on August 22. Rachel is a former FIFA referee and is now a national assessor. She will speak about her experiences as a young female working her way up to the highest level. She will advise them on the best developmental path to advancement. Registration is open to all and registration for this course is available as a monthly course on gameofficials.net and will count towards 2 hours of in-service training.
Thanks to the Superliga for inviting the SRC to participate in this webinar and future combined events. Thanks to those that took the time to attend, I hope it was informative. Continue to monitor risrc.net for the latest news and developments. All of our meetings are published and open to the public, please feel free to attend and participate. There are many opportunities for those that wish to volunteer and assist the SRC. Please feel free to contact myself or any member of the SRC with your questions and concerns.