How to register for courses in gameofficials

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  1. How do I Become a Referee?
  2. I need to Recertify
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Amilcar Sicaju inspirational story

On May 16, 2015 I walked into the field for my first NWSL game between The Boston Breakers Vs. Portland Thorns FC; my first professional game of my career. I was the 4th official of the match. This is marked on my calendar as one of the greatest achievements in the past 18 years of refereeing. I was just as nervous as the 1st day I stepped onto the field in a referee uniform for my U8 game. My hands were sweaty, my legs felt weak and the nerves were kicking in. For me it did not matter what role I had in the crew. My job was just as important as everybody else’s in the crew and I wanted to do my best for a successful match. After the initial whistle and after the nerves settled down, I realized that I had the best seat in the house and enjoyed every minute of it. I finished the year with 3 NWSL games . 2 were in Boston and 1 was in Western New York.
On February 13 of this year, a week after coming back from National Camp in Arizona, I received an E-mail from Sandra Serafini, the Women’s Referee Manager for the Professional Referee Organization (PRO). The email was inviting me to attend the NWSL pre-season camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I could not contain my excitement and replied right away.
The camp was held on March 18th through the 21st. There were 43 referees invited and being part of such an elite group was just an honor and such an amazing experience. The room was filled with National and FIFA referees. At registration we picked up our training shirts, got our ears molded for the communication systems and got our body composition measured by the organization’s sport scientist. Throughout the weekend we received amazing instructions and field training by some of the top instructors in the country. The instructions received were very clear and geared towards the expectations from us at this level. We watched a lot of videos. Some of them were on what to do and some of them were on what not to do. Most videos were league games from last year and most of the referees in the video were also present in the room. Having 43 of the top referees in the country critique you on video is something that was not comfortable at the beginning. At this level is something we have to get used to as every play will be replayed, slowed down and critiqued by people all over the country. The pressure of getting every call correct is elevated by knowing that your performance is being judged every single minute of the game. The meals for the 3 days were provided and chosen by the organization’s nutritionist.
As I looked around the room I couldn’t help to notice that we had people from all over the world. One of the reasons I love the sport is because it brings people from different parts of the world together. The passion for the sport is a universal language that could be understood by everybody. I have attended many events in the past 18 years and I have noticed that the best referees are also the most humble people I have ever met; the NWSL camp was not the exception. After critiquing ourselves on video, we also recognized that it’s a lot easier to get the call correct when you are able to slow it down, pause and rewind the video as many times as we want. On the other hand we have to be aware that we are subject to this on every call we make. The part-time to make some extra cash has become a profession and like any other profession, it requires dedication, discipline, passion and hard work. People’s jobs are at stake, players careers are in your hands and every call counts.
We all started refereeing for similar reasons. My reason for continuing has changed throughout the years, however my passion for refereeing has just gotten stronger. One of the toughest challenges I am faced with every day is to be able balance family, work and refereeing. Being part of the 2016 NWSL pre-season camp has only increased my hunger to keep growing as a referee and to become one of the best in the country. Being part of the 2016 NWSL pre-season has increased my hunger for continuing to have the best seat in the house.
Follow your dreams, but most of al work hard for them. They will become reality when you least expect it

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Woman’s referee committee hosting a meeting

On April 21

6:30-8:30 at SRC office 1150 New London Ave Cranston RI

The  Woman’s referee committee will host a FEMALE ONLY meeting.

Topics that will be covered: Image Improvement, Professionalism, Game officials review, TOP 100 and more.

You will need to register in gameofficals

Registered referees and assignors that attend will get 2 hours inservice credit

Contact Lisa Carter for registration codes 401-309-4024

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April 2016 class offerings

Each month, we will continue to offer inservice training opportunities for all grades. We will continue to schedule events in your area throughout the year. All courses are now posted in game officials under referee courses. They are grade specific so be sure that you have pre-registered in game officials to insure that you are able to obtain credit for attending. You are welcome to attend training in addition to the 4 hours necessary for recertification.

There are 3 field training sessions scheduled in April. Field training sessions require you to observe a live game being played. You will observe the referee crew from the pre-game through the post game and make live observations. These sessions do not require you to wear your uniform. These games are live and subject to change, be sure to check game officials before you leave for your clinic. There must be 10 officials registered for any class or it is subject to be cancelled. 

1. Class 15502 on April 10 in North Kingstown for all grade 9 referees and counts towards 2/4 inservice hours required annually.

2. Class 15500 on April 16 in Warwick is for all grade 8 referees 

3. Class 15498 on April 24 in Barrington is for all grade 9 referees

There is 1 classroom session scheduled in April:

1. Class 15261 on April 12 in North Providence is for any grade 9 referee to meet 2/4 inservice training hours needed.  

These sessions can all be used for late 2016 registration by indicating on the sign in sheet and letting the instructor know.

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Laws of the Game: Law 11 – Offside

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March Super Liga Course Offerings

2016 Spring Super Liga – UDPATE

TO:    ALL RI USSF CERTIFED REFEREES

From:  Ed Martins
          Director of the Referee Initiative Program
          Rhode Island Youth Super Liga (The Super Liga)

This a friendly reminder to my email that I sent a few weeks ago.
ALL RI USSF Referees who will be officiating in the 2016 Spring Super Liga must attend a pre-season meeting.

Our pre-season meetings start this week on Wednesday, March 2 at Smithfield High School for those who will be officiating in the U8 age group.

The State Referee Committee will credit every referee two hours of in-service training toward their 2017 Certification for attending one of the Super Liga Referee Regional Meetings.

To be sure that you receive the credit you must pre-register for one of the meetings above in GAME OFFICIALS.  If you have any questions about registering for the meetings in GAME OFFICIALS, please contact Brian Sperlongano at syra@risrc.net

If you have any questions regarding the meetings, please contact me at ed@thesuperliga.com

U8 REFEREES  ( Referees who will be officiating  mostly U8 games, must attend one of these meetings)
CENTRAL  3/26 Saturday, 9:00-11:00am  Radisson Hotel, Warwick
NORTH   3/2  Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm  Cafeteria, Smithfield High School, Smithfield
EAST 3/9  Wednesday,  6:30-8:30pm   Cafeteria, Mt Hope High School, Bristol
SOUTH 3/20  Sunday,  1:00-3:00pm  Cold Spring Center, North Kingstown

INTERMEDIATE REFEREES (Referees who have been officiating 4 years or less, and plan to officiate U9-U14)
CENTRAL  3/26  Saturday,  1:00-3:00pm  Radisson Hotel, Warwick 
NORTH 3/16  Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm Cafeteria, Smithfield High School, Smithfield 
EAST  3/23  Wednesday,  6:30-8:30pm  Cafeteria, Mt Hope High School, Bristol
SOUTH 3/20  Sunday,  4:00-6:00pm Cold Spring Center, North Kingstown

EXPEREINCED REFEREES  (Referees who have been officiating over 4 years and officiate U14-U19
March 19, Saturday , 8:30-10:30am, Sheraton Hotel, Warwick 
March 30,  Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm  –  Cafeteria, Mt Hope High School, Bristol

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February inservice training opportunities

Each month, we will continue to offer inservice training opportunities for all grades. All courses are now posted in gameofficials under referee courses. They are grade specific so be sure that you have pre-registered in gameofficials to insure that you are able to obtain credit for attending. You are welcome to attend training in addition to the 4 hours necessary for recertification.

There are 5 classroom sessions scheduled in February:

  1. Class 14901 on February 10 in Warwick for all grade 8 referees and counts towards 2/4 inservice hours required annually.
  2. Class 14496 on February 17 in East Greenwich is the Top 100 meeting. This session is offered only to those grade 8 referees that were listed in the Top 100 rankings last season and selected grade 9 referees that received an email invitation. Also assignors are able to register for and use this course as part of their recertification process.
  3. Classes 14673 and 14674 on February 20 in East Greenwich are the Pro Clinic. The Pro Clinic is offered each year for selected grade 8 referees and above. The morning or afternoon sessions counts towards 4 hours of inservice training and meets the recertification requirement for all instructors, assignors and assessors. Grade 6 referees can use the combination of morning and afternoon sessions to complete the 8 hour requirement for annual training.
  4. Class 13873 on February 24 in West Greenwich is for any grade 9 referee to meet 2/4 inservice training hours needed.

These sessions can also be used for late 2016 registration by indicating on the sign in sheet and letting the instructor know.

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New England Referee of the Year

lara_150Hi everybody.

As 2015 draws to a close, I want to thank you for your efforts and support both off and on the field.  The year kicked off with a Development Academy Futsal Tournament in CT during a January snowstorm and was soon followed by the outdoor season of Development Academy, PDL, NPSL, Open Cup, U20 and exhibition games!  Through it all, our referees showed great resolve in an extremely challenging, yet very successful 2015 campaign!

Much of that success was made possible by the tremendous assistance of state administrators.  Their support, advice and guidance with the selection of their respective pool of referees proved invaluable and was greatly appreciated.

After careful tabulations, considerations and observations, I would like to recognize Miguel Lara (RI) as the New England Referee of the Year.  He demonstrated the utmost professionalism, dedication, work ethic and spirit throughout the entire year.  Congratulations Miguel!!

2016 promises to be an even busier year with a new women’s league coming into the fold in the Northeast.

Preparation start now!  Let’s be ready!

Wishing you and your families a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Rachel Woo

New England LAC

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January in-service opportunities

110314DoneWhenOn January 1, we begin the process of obtaining our 2017 certification. All courses are now posted in gameofficials under referee courses. They are grade specific so be sure that you have pre-registered in gameofficials to insure that you are able to obtain credit for attending. You are welcome to attend training in addition to the 4 hours necessary for recertification.

There are 3 classroom sessions scheduled in January:

  1. Class 13872 on January 13 in Warwick for grade 9 referees
  2. Class 14803 on January 20 in North Smithfield for grade 8 referees and grade 9 referees at least 16 years of age
  3. Class 14830 on January 28 in Cranston for grade 7 and above

These sessions can also be used for late 2016 registration by indicating on the sign in sheet and letting the instructor know.

There are 5 days left to finish your 2016 registration on time without incurring late fees.

Grade 9 New referee courses begin in January, please pass that along to anyone you know who may be interested

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Late 2016 registration

Any 2017 labeled course can be used for late registration for 2016 inservice training hours. In order to have your 2017 class credited towards your 2016 registration, you must:

  1. Register for the 2017 class in gameofficials
  2. Indicate on the sign in sheet that you are using the class for 2016
  3. Indicate your desire to the instructor that you need the class for 2016
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Superliga Assignor Webinar

TO:   REFEREE COORDINATORS / ASSIGNORS

RE:  USSF Assignor Certification Requirements- Due by 12/31/15

Ed Martins ,  Our referee director would like to present a webinar next Tuesday evening , 12/22/15, 7pm,  to  discuss the USSF ASSIGNOR CERTIFICATION process.  Please use the link below to register for the webinar meeting.

Super Liga – Referee Coordinators – Important webinar Meeting 12/22/15 7pm

Join us for a webinar on Dec 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM EST.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8191653368720739586

§ USSF Assignor Certification Requirements- Due 12/31/15

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. In addition, if you are using this towards your 2016 assignor recertification hours, you will also need to login to gameofficials and register for assignor course 14979. This course will count towards 2 hours of inservice training for assignors towards 2016 registration. 

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