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

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Time is Running Out

The recertification deadline is December 31!

In order to recertify, Referees must complete the following every year:

1. Complete 4 hours of in-service training (2 courses required).
2. Pass the annual exam
3. Pay the annual fee — collected when you take the exam .

A late fee of $10 per month will be assessed after December 31.

If you are still missing inservice training hours, here are the links to the online courses available

Grade 9 Fall course 27915 (https://rireferees.gameofficials.net/public/class/classRegister.cfm?classID=27915)

Grade 9 Spring course 25146 (https://rireferees.gameofficials.net/public/class/classSearch.cfm?classTypeID=2803)

Grade 9 Fall course 27915 (https://rireferees.gameofficials.net/public/class/classRegister.cfm?classID=27915)

Grade 9 Spring course 25146 (https://rireferees.gameofficials.net/public/class/classSearch.cfm?classTypeID=2803)

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2018 Fall Grade 8 online course posted

The online version of the 2018 Fall Grade 8 course in now open in game officials for anyone Grade 8 official requiring 2 hours of inservice training.

This provides the final 2 hours of online training that can be combined with the spring online course to meet your 4 hours of inservice training required annually.

The online courses will continue to request an additional fee. The online course fee can be avoided by attending any classroom or field training session. 

The 2020 certification process will begin in January and the spring classroom sessions will be posted shortly.

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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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