Referee Abuse Directive

ABUSE OF REFEREES There have been a number of issues brought to my attention this season. In addition, I witnessed one coach this past weekend, who I spoke to during the game but was never addressed by the referee in … Continue reading

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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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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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2018 spring in-service and badge distribution

In-service opportunities for Assignors and Referees
These will be the only classroom in-services in the spring
BADGES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT THESE MEETINGS

In-service credit WILL NOT be given to superliga meetings or webinars

GRADE 9 AND ASSIGNORS
Jan 30 at Wood River Junction Chariho
February 1 at CCRI

GRADE 8 AND ASSIGNORS
February 1 Wood River junction Chariho
February 15 Cumberland
February 20 West Greenwich

GRADE 5,6,7 Advanced Cranston
February 28 CRANSTON

All classes must be registered for in game officials

If when registering for a class it is asking you for a code please select a different course that matches your grade

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2018 REFEREE BADGE DISTRIBUTION AND in-service meeting

BADGE DISTRIBUTION AND PRESEASON MEETING
EAST DISTRICT IS BOOKED
These will be the only meeting in the spring in your area.
Everyone who registers for the course and has met their requirements will receive their 2018 BADGE

There will be other meetings in the other 3 districts
North
South
Central

MUST BE REGISTERED IN GAME OFFICIALS

Grade 9 MIDDLETOWN JAN 11
Grade 8 BARRINGTON JAN 16

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re-certification opportunities

COURSES AVAILABLE ON-LINE NOW

ALL recertification exams are posted in game officials
Grade 9, grade 8, grade 7, grade 6 EXAMS
Assessors, instructors and assignors

IN-SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES comes with a fee
2 hour grade 9
2 hour grade 8

4 hour grade 9
4 hour grade 8

COLLEGE KIDS you have til Jan 31 to complete your recertification with out late fees

Make sure you have completed all your requirements before DEC 31 to avoid late fees

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acheivements

It is with great pleasure I announce that 4 of our State Panel referees have been invited to and accepted to participate in

Georgia Stinchfield, Matthew Gallagher, Andrew Calle and Andrew Grenier

1. ECNL Boys Inaugural National Event
a. December 31, 2017 – January 2, 2018 Games
2. Referee Seminar
a. January 2 & 3, 2018
b. Instructors: Rick Eddy, Barry Towbin, Don Wilbur, Jozsef Michna, Dick Triche and others
c. 2 days of class and Field Exercises
3. ECNL Girls National Event
a. January 6 – 8, 2018 – Games

Location: Sanford, FL – ALL EVENTS

U.S. Soccer National Referee Coaches:
• Rick Eddy, Director Referee Development, U.S. Soccer
• U.S. Soccer National Referee Coaches:
o Barry Towbin, Don Wilbur, Jozsef Michna and others

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ONLINE IN-SERVICE AVAILABLE

All ONLINE in-service opportunities will have a fee.
This is due in part to processing and how often the course needs to be manually managed to give officials credit/non-credit depending if the official has met the course requirements.

ONLINE in-service for GRADE 9 is now posted in game officials

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2018 BADGES

REFEREE BADGES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN MEETINGS STARTING IN JANUARY.

(badges are not being distributed at super liga meetings in 2018)

First grade 9 in-service and badge distribution has been scheduled for Jan 11 registration is open on game officials

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END OF YEAR

2018 is quickly approaching

in-service hours, registration, payment take and pass re certification exam MUST BE COMPLETED BY DEC 31 2017 TO AVOID LATE FEES

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