Referee

  • Game Cards Divisions U10, U12 and U14 are competitive divisions.  We keep track of the scores, and the standings are affected by referee participation and by sportsmanship.  (Remember, the AYSO Team is more than just the players!)  The game cards are the official records of each match.  Here’s how the process works.

    Before the season starts, each U10, U12 and U14 coach should get a supply of game cards.  We have 11 games this year and as many as 4 playoff games, so each coach should get 15 cards.  This year, you can click on Game Cards 2014 and download an Excel file that will make game cards for you!  Go to the Instructions tab, fill in your team information and your roster, and then the Front tab will have 16 game cards for you, with the date, time, field and opponent already filled in and the players listed in numerical order.  The Back tab has the information on the back of the card.  If you choose to go this route, you will need to print directly onto 8 1/2 x 11 card stock, landscape orientation, two cards per page, first the front and then the back.  (Or print onto regular paper and then photocopy onto card stock.)  Of course blank cards will still be available at the Clubhouse and at the tent at Area H or Victory Park.

    Before the match, each coach provides one game card to the referee team.  Coaches fill out the team information at the top of the card, the complete roster, and the date/time/field at the bottom.

    During the match, each assistant referee has custody of the card for the team on that side of the field.  Mark substituted players with an X in the appropriate “Quarters Out” column, goalkeepers with a G.  When a player on your side scores a goal, put a tally mark | in the appropriate “Goals Scored” column.  The matrix at the bottom should have the number of goals scored by each team in each half, and the sum (the final score) in the rightmost column.  The home team is listed on top.  The scores had better be the same on both cards.

    After the match, the referee team prints their names, team credit, and code letters on the back of both cards.  They rate the sportsmanship of the coaches, players and spectators separately for each team on a scale of 0 to 5.  A typical game is 3-3-3.  Please provide comments for anything atypical, whether good or bad.  Code letters: A if you were assigned to the match, B if you were a pre-arranged substitute (give your own team number and I will credit both teams), C if you were a last-minute fill-in and a certified referee, and D if you were a club linesman.

    Once the cards are completed, the referee team turns them in.  If you are at Area H or Victory Park, take them to the referee/coach tent — east of the Blockhouse near field 1 at Area H, north of the parking lot at Victory Park.  For other fields, use a white Game Card Envelope as described next.

    Remote fields use white 6×9 inch Game Card Envelopes.  If you have the first game of the day at Muir North, Muir South or LC FIS Lower, you will find in the goal storage bin a large brown envelope labeled “Game Card Envelopes.”  As you are setting up the goals, please take one Game Card Envelope from the bin and attach it to the side of the nearer goal.  The referee for the first game is responsible for seeing that this happens.  I or my son Rob will put envelopes out at Muir Central, LCHS JV, and Blair.  Referees throughout the day will deposit their two game cards into that envelope.  After the last game of the day, the referee (or a delegate) must untie the Game Card Envelope from the net and return it to the Clubhouse.  There is a receptacle on the wall outside the door for just this purpose.

    Thank you all very much for your cooperation.  When all the cards are filled out correctly, and all the cards and all the envelopes are returned in a timely fashion, my job is so much easier!


    - Bill Owen, region 13 statistician, stats@ayso13.org
  • Referee Assignment Guidelines Here are details of the Region 13 Referee Assignment Process:


    Definition of a Referee:

    • Must be a currently registered volunteer
    • Must have Safe Haven certification
    • Must have Concussion Awareness certification
    • Must have appropriate Referee certification:
      • U6 U7 U8
        • Must have at least “U8 Official” Referee certification
      • U10 and older divisions
        • Must have at least “Basic (Regional)” Referee certification


    Procedure for a Team that knows it cannot supply the Referee(s) for its Assignment:
    U6 / U7 / U8
    • Contact your coach and the opposing team’s coach to see if other Referees can be recruited for the game. Coach email addresses are on our site (www.ayso13.org): Pull down under “Volunteers” > “Coach” > “Head Coaches”
    U10 / U12 / U14
    1. Contact the team that shares responsibility for your assignment (i.e., your team’s opponent) and see if they can cover for you. Coach email addresses are on our site (www.ayso13.org): Pull down under “Volunteers” > “Coach” > “Head Coaches”
    2. If the opposing team cannot cover your assignment, then maybe you know some other Referee that you can ask to fill in for you
    3. If both of these options fail, then contact the Division Referee Administrator (DRA), but be aware that the DRA cannot guarantee the game will be covered. DRA email addresses are on our site (www.ayso13.org): Pull down under “About Us” > “Referee Staff”
    4. As long as you pre-arrange a substitute and that substitute covers the assignment, both your team AND the substitute’s team will get credit for covering the assignment


    U6 / U7 / U8 Referee Assignment Guidelines:

    • A team’s Referees officiate their own team’s game
    • Each team provides 2 Referees
    • Ideally, there should be 4 Referees — 2 Referees on each game — although it is acceptable to have only 1 Referee on a game
    • If there are not 2 Referees in attendance (i.e., 1 Referee for each game), it is acceptable to have a scrimmage on the field(s) with no Referee


    U10 Referee Assignment Guidelines:

    • A team’s Referees officiate their own team’s game. A team can view its Referee Assignment schedule below its Game Schedule on our site (www.ayso13.org)
    • The home team supplies 2 Referees, the visitor supplies 1
    • The 3 Referees should collectively decide who will “center”, if they cannot agree, the home team decides
    • The “center” Referee must meet the definition above, although if 2 other Referees are not available, the Assistant Referee positions may be filled by Club Linesman. A Club Linesman has no duties other than to indicate that the whole of the ball has passed entirely over the touch line or the goal line
    • If the “center” Referee does not meet the definition above, there can be no game, although the teams may still scrimmage. Such games are usually not rescheduled


    U12 Referee Assignment Guidelines:

    • A team’s Referees officiate the game before their own team’s game on the same field, unless their own team plays the first game of the day, in which case they officiate the last game of the day on that field. A team can view its Referee Assignment schedule below its Game Schedule on our site (www.ayso13.org)
    • The home team supplies 2 Referees, the visitor supplies 1
    • The 3 Referees should collectively decide who will “center”, if they cannot agree, the home team decides
    • The “center” Referee must meet the definition above, although if 2 other Referees are not available, the Assistant Referee positions may be filled by Club Linesman. A Club Linesman has no duties other than to indicate that the whole of the ball has passed entirely over the touch line or the goal line
    • If the “center” Referee does not meet the definition above, there can be no game, although the teams may still scrimmage. Such games are usually not rescheduled


    U14 Referee Assignment Guidelines:

    • A team’s Referees officiate the game before their own team’s game on the same field, unless their own team plays the first game of the day, in which case they officiate the last game of the day on that field. A team can view its Referee Assignment schedule below its Game Schedule on our site (www.ayso13.org)
    • Each team supplies 1 Assistant Referee
    • The Region supplies the “center” Referee
    • The “center” Referee must meet the definition above, although if 2 other Referees are not available, the Assistant Referee positions may be filled by Club Linesman. A Club Linesman has no duties other than to indicate that the whole of the ball has passed entirely over the touch line or the goal line
    • If the “center” Referee does not meet the definition above, there can be no game, although the teams may still scrimmage. Such games are usually not rescheduled

Welcome to the Region 13 Referee webpage! We have one of the largest and best-supported referee programs in the nation consisting of over 500 highly motivated and dedicated volunteers. Each year, many men, women and youths join the referee ranks in Region 13 and begin to share in one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences they will have in AYSO. With over 200 teams making up the 8 age divisions in Region 13, volunteers at all levels including coaches, assistant coaches, team managers and referees are needed in order for our program to succeed. Volunteers, such as yourself, are the cornerstone of the AYSO program and are the keys in promoting a FUN, FAIR and SAFE soccer experience for our children. All of us on the Referee staff look forward to an exciting season and would be happy for you to join us on the field and volunteer as a referee this year.

To Referee, you must Register as a volunteer, complete referee training for the age divisions your child will play, complete Safe Haven training, and complete concussion awareness training.

Even if you have registered in the past, registration is required every year to ensure you are covered under AYSO’s insurance.

When you volunteer as a Coach, Referee, or Team Manager, you must register or re-register as a volunteer every year regardless of how long you have been a volunteer.

To complete your Volunteer Registration or Re-Registration,

  1. Log into the eayso website at https://www.eayso.org
  2. Under “Adults wanting to volunteer”,
  3. Select one the following that is appropriate for you…

* Apply as a New Adult Volunteer
* Apply as a Continuing Adult Volunteer
* Apply as a New Youth Volunteer
* Apply as a Continuing Youth Volunteer

We are using eSignature: with eSignature, your name is printed on the signature line of your form and a “wet” signature is not required.

Print 1 copy of each volunteer form and mail with a photo copy of your driver’s license to:

ATTN: CVPA, AYSO Region 13
711 West Woodbury Rd, Unit E
Altadena, CA 91001

Referee training and Safe Haven training are provided at our Clubhouse. Please see our referee training information on this page.

Referees must complete AYSO Concussion Awareness Training. To complete this training…

Go to http://www.aysotraining.org/

  1. Enter your AYSO ID and last name.
  2. Under the “AYSO’S SAFE HAVEN”, Click on “START NOW”
  3. Under “Safe Haven”, click on “CDC Concussion Awareness Training”

After you complete the course, double check that the certification is reflected on your eAYSO record. To do so, log in to your account at www.eayso.org and click on “View certification”.

Training

AYSO offers unrivaled comprehensive training for referees. Because the training is focused on the kids, referee training is more than learning the rules of soccer – it’s a multi-dimensional experience. The U8 Official and Basic Referee courses, which are required elements for all those individuals new to refereeing, emphasize the fundamental elements of the Laws of the Game, namely getting the match started, stopping and restarting play.

For those interested in joining the referee ranks, the required training consists of either a basic, half-day course for those wishing to referee in the U6/U8 division, or a full-day course that is designed for individuals refereeing in the U10 division or higher. Both of these course offerings are held at many convenient opportunities during the year. No advance preparation is required and all course materials will be provided on the day of the class. Refreshments will be provided, along with lunch at the all-day classes.

Completion of the U8 Official course certifies that you may officiate any match at the U6/U8 level. Completion of the Basic Referee course certifies that you may referee at any AYSO soccer match; however, nearly all of our new volunteers begin refereeing games at either the U6/U8 or U10 level. Every volunteer who acts as a center or assistant referee takes the same course, providing Region 13 with one of the best trained referee corps anywhere! Specialized instruction for assistant referees is included in the full-day course. In addition to our on-the-field mentoring program for new referees, we hold workshops and clinics during the regular season for those who wish to hone their skills and referee at a higher level later on.

The Referee Instruction Staff has prepared a training schedule of update classes for returning referees. All returning referees who will be serving at the U10 or higher level need to take one of the Laws Update workshops that are offered. There is a refresher course for returning U6/U8 refs, as well as a “U10 Transition” course designed for those U6/U8 referees who are moving on up and will now be officiating matches at the U10 level for the first time. See the Upcoming Referee Events page for further information.

For those experienced referees seeking to upgrade their badge to either the Intermediate or Advanced level, we encourage you to take one of the Intermediate or Advanced Referee courses that are typically offered within Area 1C. Periodically check www.eayso.org  for details of these course offerings or ask anyone on the Referee Staff for information about attending one of these classes.

We also hold our annual Referee and Coach Kick Off dinner which offers workshops focusing on special topics of interest to all referees (and coaches). This year’s dinner will be on Wendesday, August 28th.  You may sign up by visiting our calendar and clicking on the dinner event.

Cost

In AYSO there is no out-of-pocket cost in becoming a referee. We only ask that you invest your time to help promote a FUN, FAIR and SAFE environment for our kids. Once you have completed the U8 Official or the Basic Referee class, you will be provided a complete uniform and accessory kit needed in order to get you off to the right start in your first match.

Once again, thank you to all who volunteer to be a referee. We appreciate your commitment to our kids and the AYSO program and we will do whatever we can to make this experience as enjoyable and as rewarding as possible. See you on the field!

Referees are encouraged to check the web site frequently for updates, announcements and other information.

Youth Referees (PRO Program)

In AYSO, we have the Player Referee Organization (PRO) program, in which we encourage players (or volunteers U19 age or younger) to be referees. We have a PRO referee coordinator, and want our PRO referees to contact the coordinator so that we can be aware of them and support them. If you are a PRO referee, send an email to referee@ayso13.org to let us know.

A youth volunteer may become certified as a referee at age 10 (or older). A youth referee must be at least 2 age divisions higher than the players officiated (unless the youth referee has Intermediate (or higher) referee certification — in which case the Regional Referee Administrator or Regional Commissioner will consider an exception).

Care must be taken to ensure that a youth referee is not asked to officiate a level of game at which he/she is not comfortable.

For more information about the PRO Program pull down under “PROGRAMS” and select “PRO”

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