Recertification courses are now open

All referee recertification courses are now open. You can pay your annual dues and complete the annual exam course now. Please remember that you must complete all requirements before the December 31 deadline including inservice training to avoid late fees. There are additional classroom sessions that will be held before year end and one additional online course will be posted before year end.

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How to register for courses in gameofficials

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Quick Links

  1. How do I Become a Referee?
  2. I need to Recertify
  3. I want to buy a new jersey
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Fall Grade 9 online course

The online version of the Fall classroom session has been added to game officials. There are no two online courses totaling 4 hours of inservice training for all grade 9 officials that were unable to attend a classroom or field training session. We continue to encourage you to attend in person instruction for a better learning experience. We will be posting our spring classroom sessions soon. Follow this link to go directly to register for the online course

https://rireferees.gameofficials.net/public/class/classSearch.cfm?classTypeID=3143

 

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Ocean State College Referee Program

On Saturday, November 17, the Ocean State College Referee Program will hold an introductory meeting for anyone interested in officiating at the college level at the SRC office, 1150 New London Ave, Cranston beginning at 1 pm. The meeting will provide information regarding how the process works and what is involved in becoming a college referee.

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Futsal

There is only one class to become a futsal referee or recert as a futsal referee. The class is Monday November 12 at the SRC office in Cranston beginning at 7 pm. Registration is open in game officials.

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October 28 field session moved

Today’s field training session has been moved to Winslow Field, 300 Airport Rd, Warwick RI 02886 from 1-3pm.

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recert exams are posted and ready to take

referee recertification exams for 2019 for grades 9, 8 and 7 are in game officials. please register pay take and pass your recertification exam asap

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New Grade 9 referee course

Due to the weather forecast today for thunderstorms, we have decided it is safer for all of us to reschedule. The Coventry class has been rescheduled for next Sunday. If you wish to remain in that session, you do not have to do anything.

We have added a Saturday session next weekend to accommodate those that were originally scheduled for Warwick on July 22. If you wish to attend the Warwick session on Saturday, you will need to cancel your registration for Coventry and register for the Warwick class.

If you have not completed Part 1, you now have an additional week to complete it and register for Part 2

If you have completed Part 1, you now have 2 options to complete Part 2 next weekend

If you have completed Part 2, you should see approved in your registration record, there is no other notification provided. Once the final list is sent to the Super Liga and USSF, your USSF ID number will appear in your account. This will not occur before August 27 and is not a requirement for any registration or assigning sites. If you are certified, you are free to begin officiating games as there are tournaments coming up this month.

We will post the winter course sessions as soon as the summer sessions are finished. They will be held at the end of January and beginning of February.

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May Challenge

For the next 4-6 weeks, the soccer calendar is at its busiest time of the year. Referees have multiple competitions to choose from including State Cups, RI Cup, league games including make up games will all be played during this period.

Each referee has a unique opportunity over this period to challenge themselves. This period will provide the most income for those officials who are saving for college or are returning from college and looking for work. If you are interested in upgrading, look for open games in that category, this is the easiest time to get those games. Work outside of your comfort zone by traveling out of your town or region to work more challenging games. You can add up Top 100 points during this period to improve your RI Cup Finals assignments. 

Raise your hand and reach out to your local, regional or state assignor and ask for games. They are more than willing to have the most help that they can get during this period. 

Manage your availability wisely and make sure your calendars are up to date in each assignment system that you use. If your name appears as available in the assigning system, don’t be surprised if you get an assignment that you weren’t expecting. Assignors are looking outside of their regulars at this time of year. If you are unable to do the match, decline quickly and follow up via phone, text or email to explain why. It will help you greatly in the long run. 

If you must decline an already accepted assignment, don’t hide behind the button. Reach out to your assignor and explain why.

If you receive a “higher level” assignment or maybe its just a game that you want to do, reach out to both assignors via email and explain. Remember that all cup games but especially state cup games take priority over most games. Reach out to your assignor if you are not sure which game takes priority. 

This period will end quickly and your opportunity will be gone until next year. Seize your moment.

Steven Mauricio

Rhode Island State Referee Administrator 

401-692-7285

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Player passes and rosters are private and confidential

The content of rosters and player passes are confidential and intended for the referee and for league use only. It is strictly forbidden to share any part of rosters and passes with any third party, without a written consent of the player or team.

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Assignment priority

It is prudent to review the assignment priority policy as the season is about to begin. Please reach out to your assignor should you have any questions. You should review all policies contained in the referee handbook located under the Administration tab

  1. While each official is expected to keep the assignments he or she accepts, there are certain occasions where a referee should be released from a lower level assignment to officiate in a higher-level competition. The US Soccer policy on assignment priority can be found at (https://www.ussoccer.com/referees/resource-center/assignment). If a change in this policy comes into conflict with this section, the US Soccer policy will take precedence.
  2. The priority is as follows:
    1. International and senior National Team games assigned by U.S. Soccer
    2. Games assigned by the Professional Referee Organization (PRO)
    3. Youth National Team games assigned by U.S. Soccer
    4. Competitions (regional and national) assigned directly by U.S. Soccer’s affiliated members. Includes but is not limited to:
      1. USASA
      2. US Youth Soccer
        1. National League
        2. Eastern Regional League
        3. Region 1 Appointments
      3. US Club Soccer
        1. NPL
        2. Regional / National Championships
    5. League games assigned by U.S. Soccer
    6. State championship competitions assigned directly by U.S. Soccer’s affiliated members. Includes but is not limited to:
      1. State Adult Associations
      2. iState Youth Associations
    7. Adult league matches
    8. Youth league matches (U17 division and above)
      1. Premier youth league matches
      2. Competitive youth league matches
    9. Youth league matches (U13-U16 division)
      1. Premier youth league matches
      2. Competitive youth league matches
    10. Youth league matches (U12 division and below)
      1. Premier youth league matches
      2. Competitive youth league matches
    11. Recreational youth league matches
  3. The following local competitions are considered premier:
    1. North Atlantic Youth Soccer League
    2. New England Premiership
    3. Northeast Soccer League
  4. The following local competitions are considered competitive:
    1. a. Rhode Island Youth Super Liga
  5. The SRC encourages referees to accept challenging developmental assignments which may take place out-of-state. In addition, the SRC encourages assignors to assign out-of-state competitions as it creates additional opportunities for Rhode Island referees. However, the primary purpose of the referee program is to service the game within Rhode Island and within the sanction of the state adult and youth affiliates. As such, the SRA is responsible to identify those rare dates for which the anticipated demand for referees precludes outside assignment. The SRA will notify all referees of such days with exceptional demand and provide assignor contact information to the referee community for those in-state competitions seeking referees.
  6. The assignment priority policy does not apply:
    1. Within 72 hours of the scheduled game time unless an emergency situation exists
    2. When a substantial financial commitment has been made for the assignment (e.g., nonrefundable airline tickets)
  7. In accordance with US Soccer policy, officials are responsible to:
    1. Keep the lines of communication open about upcoming international and national and International appointments as far in advance as possible.
    2. Communicate the receipt of a higher priority appointment to their assignor as soon as possible.
    3. Report an assignor that refuses to release the official from a higher priority assignment to their State Referee Administrator and U.S. Soccer.
  8. In accordance with US Soccer policy, assignors are responsible to:
    1. Identify the highly-experienced officials on your assignment roster who are likely to be assigned to a higher priority assignment and always be prepared to fill these slots on an emergency basis.
    2. Cooperate with officials and other assignors on those rare occasions when the game priority policy is invoked.
    3. Report any concerns regarding the priority policy to the State Referee Administrator.
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