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2014 Top 100 Referees Forum



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Presentation for the Top 100 Referees in RI

The topics we will cover during the forum include:

- Maximizing your income & getting the best games
- What happens at a regional tournament, and how to get selected
- How the referee rankings work, and how to improve your rank
- Juggling multiple leagues and assignments
- Mentors and assessment



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2014 Top 100 Referees Forum 2014 Top 100 Referees Forum Presentation Transcript

  • Top 100 Referees Forum January 22rd, 2014
  • Opening Remarks Brian Sperlongano Youth Referee Administrator Rhode Island Referee Program 2
  • Agenda • • • • • • • • Introductions Advancement Top 100 List Getting Games Assessments and Grades Mentoring Closing Remarks Assignor Meet & Greet Rhode Island Referee Program 3
  • Why are you here? • Make more money – Better than flipping burgers! • Take your referee career to the next level – Best practices to get better games – What are the different levels of competition? – What is “Regionals”? • Let your parents know what you’ve gotten yourself into (this time) • Meet assignors & mentors Rhode Island Referee Program 4
  • Referee Web Site www.risrc.net • • • • • • This presentation Contact information Recertification / upgrade info League rules & directions to fields Forfeit payment request …and more Rhode Island Referee Program 5
  • Referee Facebook Page • Latest RI Referee news is on Facebook! – Photos from tournaments – Top 100 list updates – Award winners & accomplishments – National / International referee news – Helpful tips (usually based on referee mistakes!) • Search: Rhode Island State Referees Rhode Island Referee Program 6
  • Special Note for Parents • This is a job • Do not interfere - Watch, Observe, & Encourage • Both at the local and state level, there are people to help assist and mentor your child • Referees need their own email address IF THEY WORKED AT DUNKIN’ YOU WOULD NOT MAKE THEIR COFFEE FOR THEM! Rhode Island Referee Program 7
  • Levels of Youth Competition •Presidents Cup / ODP / Regionals •Region 1 Premier League •Northeast League Regional •MAPLE, MASC, NEP •Tournaments: Bayside, Seaside Premier Competitive Recreational •Super Liga •Summer Cup •Tournaments: Westerly, NK, Barrington, Coventry •Town Leagues •Kohl’s Cup Rhode Island Referee Program 8
  • US Youth Soccer Regions Rhode island Referee Program 9
  • 2013 Assignment Tallies Referee Assistant Referee Premier League 1 2 Northeast League 19 16 Premier 311 672 Competitive 2,552 3,759 Recreational 10,000+ 20,000+ Level Rhode Island Referee Program 10
  • Competition Pay Tables Recreational Competitive $0 - $25 $16 - $42 Assistant Referee $0 - $15 $13 - $25 Premier $45 - $70 $20 - $40 Adult Amateur $80 - $90 $40 - $45 Level Referee • Higher level of competition = Higher pay! Rhode Island Referee Program 11
  • Local Tournaments… In-State • Call for referees usually via email • Each has its own assignor and assigning system • Some tournaments require registration • May have different rules (subs, length of half, etc) • There is generally a designated referee area Rhode Island Referee Program 12
  • In-State Appointments • State Cup – Best teams in the state compete – Winners go to Regionals – Mostly grade 7, 6, 5 referees and select grade 8’s by invitation • RI Cup – Best Super Liga teams compete for state title – All Top 100 refs invited – Identification event 2013 Rhode Island Cup Smithfield, RI Rhode Island Referee Program 13
  • Regional Appointments • Travel out of state • Work with national instructors and assessors • Meet referees from 13 states on the east coast • Make friends • All expenses paid • Small stipend paid • By invitation from SRC 2010 Region 1 Championships Huntington, WV Rhode Island Referee Program 14
  • Referee Regional Travel • Lodging, meals, and transportation provided • Referees roomed samegender – Hotels or college dorms – Odd numbers may be roomed with a referee from another state • Early departure is typical – May conflict with school days for May/June dates 2010 Region 1 Presidents Cup Albany, NY Rhode Island Referee Program 15
  • Selection Criteria • • • • • You went last year Attitude & Appearance Fitness test required Responsiveness We get to know you by: – – – – Raising your hand Attend monthly events Identification events Mentor recommendation Rhode Island Referee Program 16
  • 2014 Appointment Calendar Date Event Location # Referees March 1 Northeast League Starts Varies Varies May 10 Northeast League Finals Smithfield, RI 18 Referees May 16-18 RI State Cup Smithfield, RI 30 Referees May 23-26 Region 1 Presidents Cup Pittsburgh, PA 4 Referees June 13-15 Region 1 ODP Tournament Princeton, NJ 6 Referees June 21-22 Rhode Island Cup Smithfield, RI 60 Referees June 26 – July 1 Region 1 Championships Kingston, RI 7 Referees July 5-9 Region 1 ODP Camp Kingston, RI 3+ Referees Rhode Island Referee Program 17
  • What is “Presidents Cup”? 2013 Region 1 Presidents Cup Manchester, NH • Winners of 15 State Presidents Cups on the East Coast vie for Regional Title • Regional winners advance to National Championships • Top referees from Regionals are selected to go to Nationals! Rhode Island Referee Program 18
  • What is “ODP”? • Olympic Development Program • Individual player showcase • Always held in Princeton, NJ • Top referees are selected to go to Finals in Delaware! 2013 ODP Tournament Princeton, NJ Rhode Island Referee Program 19
  • What is “ODP Camp”? 2013 ODP Camp Kingston, RI • Instructional camp for players (U15-U19 Girls) • Simultaneous camp for male & female referees • Always held at URI • Referees housed in URI dorm suites. Rhode Island Referee Program 20
  • What is “Regionals”? • Winners of 15 State Cups on the East Coast vie for Regional Title • Regional winners advance to National Championships • Top referees from Regionals are selected to go to Nationals! 2013 Region 1 Championships Kingston, RI Rhode Island Referee Program 21
  • Typical Regional Day • • • • • • • 6:30 AM – Leave Hotels 7:00 AM – Arrive at fields 8:00 AM – First whistle Noon – Box lunch at the field 5:00 PM – Leave fields 6:00 PM – Dinner 8:00 PM – “The Meeting” – Day in review – Assignments for tomorrow! • 11:00 PM – Bed time Saturday night dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack – an ODP Tradition! Rhode Island Referee Program 22
  • Getting There (1) U8 – U12 Super Liga Recreational Leagues TOP 100 Ranked! Step 1: Impress your local rec assignors and get assigned to Super Liga competitive games Rhode Island Referee Program 23
  • Referee Advancement (2) U14+ Super Liga & Premier U8 – U12 Super Liga TOP 100 Ranked! Step 2: Work lots of games, move up in the rankings and regional assignors notice and put you in U14+ games! Rhode island Referee Program 24
  • Referee Advancement (3) Top 100 Rankings RI Cup ID Event Step 3: Get invited to RI Cup! Mentors watch your game and recommend you for better assignments… State Cup Summer Cup Regional Appts Adult Games etc… Rhode Island Referee Program 25
  • The Top 100 List Mike Preston SRC Identification Committee Rhode Island Referee Program 26
  • Top 100 List Purpose • We want you to compete for the best games • Helps assignors find referees to fill games – Opportunities for YOU – A way to advance to games “out of your town” • Used to identify “the next regional referee” • Used to determine Referee of the Year Rhode Island Referee Program 27
  • Assignment Ranking System “Assignments tell the Truth” -Steve Mauricio, SRA The “Top 100” system is based on assignments Assignors give the best games to: – – – – Referees that are the most responsive Referees that are the most capable Referees that are the most reliable Referees that are the most available Rhode Island Referee Program 28
  • How we create the list Regional Assignments Adult Assignments Premier Assignments Competitive Assignments Fitness Test Results Rhode Island Referee Program 29
  • Examples Assistant Referee U10 Super Liga 5 1 x x 1 = 5 points = 663 points Referee U18 State Cup Final 10 x 8.5 x 3.9 x 2 Rhode Island Referee Program 30
  • • • • • • • • • • Region 1 Premier League Northeast League State Cup Adult Leagues – Men & Women NEP MAPLE & Premier Tournaments RI Cup, Summer Cup Super Liga & Competitive Tournaments Kohl’s Cup Tournament Rhode Island Referee Program More Points Leagues (Top to Bottom) 31
  • In Summary More Games More Experience Better Games More Points Higher Rank Rhode Island Referee Program
  • Getting Games Kelly Mauricio Premier League Assignor Rhode Island Referee Program 33
  • Assignors Work with multiple assignors to fill your schedule! • • • • • Super Liga Local (U12 and below) Super Liga Regional (U14 and up) Premier Leagues RI Cup / State Cup Tournaments Rhode Island Referee Program 34
  • I don’t get Games! • • • YOU need to contact assignors! Have your own email address! Check it at least ONCE A DAY! Rhode Island Referee Program 35
  • Assignment Web Sites Competition Assignment Site Super Liga Ref Assigning www.thesuperliga.com US Officials www.usofficials.com Super Liga MAPLE NEP Premier & Northeast League MASC Summer Cup All Adult Leagues Game Officials RIReferees.GameOfficials.net State Cup RI Cup Kohl’s Cup Some Tournaments GotSoccer www.gotsoccer.com Rhode Island Referee Program 37
  • Special Site Requirements • Maple – All information must match USOfficials – Name, address, email • GameOfficials – Referees Under 18 defaults to private – Need to change this to get paid! – Other members of your crew can’t contact you! Rhode Island Referee Program 38
  • Premier Soccer Expectations You just got your first premier assignment! $50 to referee a U11 game… what’s the catch? Rhode Island Referee Program 39
  • Managing Your Calendar • Keep all calendars up to date in ALL assigning sites. – Yes: this means up to 4 web sites! • Re-assigning wastes time! • If you accept a game: – Block your availability in other sites – Allow time for travel between games! Rhode Island Referee Program 40
  • Availability Calendar: Super Liga Rhode Island Referee Program 41
  • Availability Calendar: Game Officials Rhode Island Referee Program 42
  • Availability Calendar: USOfficials Rhode Island Referee Program 43
  • Open Game Emails • Broadcast to many referees • Assignors get many responses • Raise your hand if available! – A great way to move up – You are doing a favor to your assignor – Respond quickly! • An open game email is NOT an assignment! Rhode Island Referee Program 44
  • Turning Back Games • How to get fewer games: –Turn back after accepting a game –Frequent turn backs –Being “Picky” about assignments • Reliability = more assignments Rhode Island Referee Program 45
  • Before Game Day • Check your schedule – MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO OVERLAPS – Allow for travel time and late starts – Plan to arrive ½ hour before kickoff • If there is a problem, contact your assignor immediately! Rhode Island Referee Program 46
  • Unfamiliar Field? Google Maps! The Field Walkway Parking Arrive extra early on your first visit to a field! Rhode Island Referee Program 47
  • Assignment Etiquette • • • • • Decline quickly and infrequently! DO NOT LEAVE GAMES PENDING Respond to open game emails if available Do accept your game within 24 hours Do not turn back after accepting an assignment • Do not shop around for a better assignment! Rhode Island Referee Program 48
  • Conflicts of interest DO NOT officiate games of: • Siblings • Parents / Children • Cousins • Best friends • Do not be overly friendly with coaches prior to or after games – this gives impression of favoritism! Rhode Island Referee Program 49
  • Assignor Communication • Do know who assigned your game! • Keep in contact with assignor if there are serious issues • Don’t bother assignor with: • Who am I working with? • Is my game cancelled? • Game issues from other assignors Rhode Island Referee Program 50
  • Day before match • Referee contacts crew by email – Arrange a meeting place – Make sure you have cell phone numbers • Are there special league rules? • Do I collect money at the field? – How much, and which team pays? Rhode Island Referee Program 51
  • On the Field • • • • Do not be late to a game! Check field and equipment for safety Check player equipment Do not allow teams to change the rules of competition • Know league rules • Do not change rules or format of game • Even if coaches insist! Rhode Island Referee Program 52
  • Game Day! • Check for cancellations: – Assignment System / League Web Sites • Professional appearance – Does not include sunglasses – Complete and proper uniform • Check-in players AND coaches – No need to make them stand in a line! – Photos must match the individual • Kick off on time! NO PASS - NO PLAY OR COACH!!! Rhode Island Referee Program 53
  • Money Collection • Only take what you are owed! • If you are missing an AR, divide money and return to the teams. • Return all money for a forfeit • Request reimbursement at www.risrc.net Rhode Island Referee Program 54
  • Game Day Gear • • • • • • • • • • Different color jerseys Short sleeve/long sleeve Whistle (wrist/finger grip or hold in hand) Pens/pencils Cards Cold gear Heat gear Wristwatch (backup) Foul weather gear Water, sport drink, snacks Rhode Island Referee Program 55
  • Whistles and Watches •Wrist watch YES •No Stopwatches or timers •Whistle in your hand NO •NO neck lanyards! Rhode Island Referee Program 56
  • After The Game • Game Reports! – Online – By Mail – Scan & Fax • Know the requirements! • Complete within 24 hours • Ask your assignor if you’re not sure Rhode Island Referee Program 57
  • Documentation Document: 1. ALL goals 2. Fouls resulting red/yellow cards 3. Injuries Please review what is being asked on the game report for the league you are officiating in prior to match to ensure proper reporting ALL REPORTS MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN 24 HOURS Rhode Island Referee Program 58
  • Referee Assault & Abuse • Referee Assault: – An intentional act of physical violence at or upon a referee • Referee Abuse: – Threats through a physical act or verbal statement – Verbal and nonverbal communication which contains foul or abusive language and which implies or directly threatens physical harm; – Spewing a beverage on or spitting at a referee or the referee’s personal property Rhode Island Referee Program 59
  • Reporting Assault • If you decide to continue the match, the adult must be dismissed (red card). – If the situation is unsafe, abandon the match and report the dismissal in writing. – The incident must be in game report - FACTS ONLY • Identify witnesses • DO NOT WAIT – Notify assignor / SRA immediately after match • FORMAL PUNISHMENT CAN ONLY OCCUR IF THE ADULT IS DISMISSED FROM THE FIELD • WE WILL SUPPORT YOU Rhode Island Referee Program 60
  • Your OWN Email! • As a top 100 referee you need to have your own email. • This way all notifications will go directly to the referee • you will be able to manage your calendar • receive game notifications cancellations changes • receive all open game emails • Receive any information from the state • Parents can be secondary on contact information to help monitor behind the scenes all activity and scheduling Rhode Island Referee Program 61
  • Pre-Game Attire • • • • • Black shirt Black shorts Black socks Socks pulled up Black shoes Rhode Island Referee Program 62
  • Assessments Referee Grades Joe Carreiro State Director of Assessment Rhode Island Referee Program 63
  • Assessments 2 Types of Assessments: • Informal: – For development and guidance – Cost: $0 – Often at events such as RI Cup and State Cup. • Formal: – Required for higher grades – Cost: $80 – Follow specific criteria – Online in GameOfficials Rhode Island Referee Program 64
  • Assessments • ALL online assessments are completed in GameOfficials software and can be accessed by • • • • • Official Assessor State Director of Assessment State Referee Administrator US Soccer Referee Department Rhode Island Referee Program 65
  • Grade 8 Referee Youth Competitive Referee Rhode Island Referee Program 66
  • GRADE 8 Expected to demonstrate the following: • Elementary knowledge of the game • Obvious fouls and misconduct • Keeps their ARs (assistant referee) in view while running a diagonal • Has basic fitness • Gives basic pregame focusing on mechanics, signals and proper communication Rhode Island Referee Program 67
  • Grade 8 (continued) • • • • • Arrives in proper uniform and gives good first impression Applies laws of the game Doesn’t understand spirit of the game Deals with obvious violent conduct or serious fouls Ignores coaches generally do not ensure they behave and are not abusive • Main focus is on fouls; lacks personality to manage players when game demands it. Rhode Island Referee Program 68
  • Grade 7 Referee Adult amateur level Rhode Island Referee Program 69
  • Grade 7 Referee Expected to Demonstrate: • Fitness to run a “flexible” diagonal for the entire game and ALWAYS keeps AR’s in view • Has a work rate that varies from a jog, light sprint to a full sprint when game demands it • Has firm grasp on laws of the game • Understands when to invoke “spirit of the game” vs. letter of the law while managing players • Demonstrates personality in managing players and preventative mechanics to avoid problems during the match Rhode Island Referee Program 70
  • Grade 7 (continued) • Demonstrates self confidence in decisions • Willing to be approached by players that have questions • Demonstrates strong presence with use of whistle, appearance and body language • Demonstrates proper use of advantage • Demonstrates foul recognition and foul discrimination • Makes good use of cards for game control • Good card mechanics • Makes effective use of AR’s on off-sides and misconduct • Ignores dissent rather than deal with it Rhode Island Referee Program 71
  • Mentoring Lee Baldwin Mentor, Coventry Soccer Rhode Island Referee Program 72
  • Mentorship • Mentorship Director – Al Ricci • 401-739-6878 • mentorship@risrc.net • List of town mentors: – www.risrc.net/assignments/mentors/ Rhode Island Referee Program 73
  • Referee Mentor Program • State-wide – A Mentor in each association • Experienced referees assigned to local communities • Access to knowledge and experience • Helps creates path to higher level games • Available to ALL referees Rhode Island Referee Program 74
  • What is Mentoring? • • • • • • • • Observation Communication Sharing Being yourself and sharing your experiences Forming a one on one relationship Becoming a friend There to help not Criticize We ALL have/had mentors Rhode Island Referee Program 75
  • Mentoring at the Game • Meets with officiating team • • • • • • • • before the game Halftime End of game May Observe from the sidelines Could be Referee or AR Works with ALL levels of referees Gets to know the referees Mentors and referees are a team Rhode Island Referee Program 76
  • Referees • ASK QUESTIONS • Learn to work with mentors • If you want to advance, we are here to guide you • You can help new younger referees Rhode Island Referee Program
  • Mentoring at Kohl’s cup Rhode Island Referee Program
  • Closing Remarks Steven Mauricio State Referee Administrator Rhode Island Referee Program 79
  • Working out of State • Permission to leave state • The referee must let the SRA (Steve Mauricio) know of the intent to officiate in a different state regardless of a regular season game or tournament each time. • Provide enough time to ensure a response Rhode Island Referee Program
  • Going away to College? • Commuting to RI for games • Who to contact in another state • Permanent transfers out of state Rhode Island Referee Program 81
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  • Assignor Introductions Meet & Greet Rhode Island Referee Program 83
  • Thank you! Rhode Island Referee Program 84