We asked one of our outstanding youth referees, Brendan Moore, to share a few thoughts about becomming a referee.
I first got into reffing last spring when I learned that I needed to earn money for a school trip. I’ve played rec soccer since I was in first grade, and I enjoy the game, so this job was a natural choice for me. The weekend class wasn’t difficult, and I was thrilled to earn my badge. My Dad saw so many games without refs last fall, so he decided to take the class, and we will both be reffing with WSSC this spring.
I was a bit afraid I’d make a mistake at my first game, but it went well. There is a lot to keep track of however, and at my third game I forgot to set the timer, and I ended the first half too early. The coaches were friendly and asked me if there was a problem. I apologized, and we played a longer second half. It was a learning experience, and I’m pretty sure I won’t make that mistake again.
I would recommend becoming a referee to other kids for lots of reasons. First, you can earn good money. I don’t know of any other job available to kids my age that pays as well. Second, it’s pretty cool to tell your friends that you ref. Third, it can be a little intimidating with two sidelines full of fans, but the referee gets the responsibility for calling the game as fairly as possible. Finally, I have a new appreciation for refs and how difficult it can be to call a game, both when I play and also in the MLS.
You are getting this message because you have referee'd in the West Seattle Soccer Club in the past couple of years through Trias. I want to let you know that the West Seattle Soccer Club has entered into an intertie agreement with the Seattle Youth Soccer Association, where its U12 and above teams will be playing within the SYSA. Because of this, all U12 and above games will be loaded into their referee site, which is seattlerefs.org. If you want to referee U12 and above games (and a few competitive U11 teams) in West Seattle and haven't already done so, you will need to register on that site. The site is hosted by Ridgestar, just like Trias, so you should be familiar with how to work the site. Please let me know if you have any questions. U8-U11 games will continue to be available in Trias.
NEW Referee Site for U-12 and Above Games
U12 and above games will be loaded into the SYSA eferee site, which is seattlerefs.org. If you want to referee U12 and above games (and a few competitive U11 teams) in West Seattle and haven't already done so, you will need to register on that site.
Also, please make sure you are filling out the background check as per Cindy's note below. Trias and other referee websites have moved to this background check process instead of relying solely on
the RMA process with the state patrol. You will not be able to self-assign until this is done.
Games will be loaded into both Trias and Seattlerefs.org by the end of August. Please spread the word to other referees that you know.
WSSC Ref Assignor
From: Cindy Moore [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2013 12:25 PM
Subject: New RMA Process
A new RMA (Rick Management Process) that everybody needs to apply for NOW. All old RMA's are no longer valid-this is the new process:
Process for Referees
Because we require referees to be risk management approved through WA Youth Soccer to be assigned to our sanctioned competitions, we have created a process for referees to apply for background checks.
Referees have a separate background check application link: rma.referee.washingtonyouthsoccer.org. This URL will redirect to the risk management system for referees in Affinity.
There will be a flat $6 fee required to submit the background check application for referees - this includes the background check fee and risk management administration, as well as credit card processing fees.
For referees who created Affinity accounts for State Cup, the same username and password will be their login. If they have forgotten their password, use this link to recover their password: http://www.wys-refereerma.affinitysoccer.com/public/forgotpassword.asp?sessionguid.
If an applicant is a referee and a club, association, or district volunteer, the applicant should apply through the volunteer link and list the club, association, or district that they are volunteering with. A referee that is also a registered volunteer to a local organization will not have to pay $6 for their background check. Affinity will have a duplicate record prompt that will prevent the background check from running a second time.
Hi Fall 2012 Participants!
As you may know, we have shortage of referees to cover our games this fall season. We highlight this each year at our coaches' meetings and with emails, but we still have fewer refs than we need. It is just as frustrating for our board as it is for each of you when a referee isn't available for your games. We are counting on the West Seattle soccer community to fill this need, so here is some information that will hopefully answer some of your questions.
Our biggest needs are on Saturdays for our younger games (U8-U10) and Sundays for our older teams, but the need is widespread throughout all of our games. We have over 60 games each weekend here in West Seattle, and we frequently need to go outside of West Seattle because there aren't enough refs that live in our area. Although we love our youth refs, we are especially looking for adult refs. For various reasons, including busy-ness, bureaucracy and some sideline abuse, we have lost quite a few referees from last season.
Ref should be at least 12 years old, but there have been some 10 year olds that have been successful doing the U8 games. Pay for games range from $14 for a U8 game up to $52 to center a U18 game. That's pretty good money per hour to be outside on the field around the beautiful game!
There are a couple of ways you can help out:
If you or someone you know are interested in becoming a referee, there is a referee clinic coming up on Oct 6th and 13th. Please visit www.triassoccercentral.org and view the 'Trias Entry Level Clinic in Tukwila' information on the right under the What's New section. This will give you information about the clinic and a link to register.
If you're interested in becoming more involved as a Referee Assignor, there is an upcoming clinic for that too. This will give you an assignor's license and the main duties are to watch the open games each week and contact potential referees to get these games covered. It is strongly encouraged that you are a licensed referee as well, as you will be answering questions from referees on their duties and potentially mentoring them on the field as well. The upcoming assignor's clinic will be held on Sept 29th, 9-4pm at Starfire in Tukwila, and the cost is $60. Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in volunteering for this role.
The WSSC will reimburse up to $75 for each class.
If you have any questions about either of these vital roles within our club, please reply to this message. Refereeing is really fun, especially to do as a family. All of my kids have been or are still refereeing with me...it's a great way for everyone to learn more deeply about the rules and make a good chunk of change as well!
WSSC Ref Assignor
Referees Code of Ethics:
A code of ethics has been developed for all Referees by US Youth Soccer & USSF to clarify and distinguish approved and accepted behavior.
- I will always maintain the utmost respect for the game of soccer.
- I will conduct myself honorably at all times and maintain the dignity of my position.
- I will always honor an assignment or any other contractual obligation.
- I will attend training meetings and clinics so as to know the Laws of the Game, their proper interpretation and their application.
- I will always strive to achieve maximum teamwork with any fellow officials.
- I will be loyal to my fellow officials and never knowingly promote criticism of them.
- I will be in good physical condition.
- I will control the players effectively by being courteous and considerate without sacrificing fairness.
- I will do my utmost to assist my fellow officials to better themselves and their work.
- I will not make statements about any games except to clarify an interpretation of the Laws of the Game.
- I will not discriminate against nor take undue advantage of any individual group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
- I consider it a privilege to be a part of the United States Soccer Federation and my actions will reflect credit upon that organization and its affiliates.
TriasSoccerCentral is a not for profit organization dedicated to the education, professional support, service, and assignment of soccer referees in the general vicinity of Kent, Washington and with specific focus on providing service to our sponsoring Associations (GRJSA, Highline, and Maple Valley). Our goal is to assist all referees to grow in their pursuit of excellence in the officiating profession. We are an equal opportunity organization, encouraging the young, the minority, the new, and the experienced soccer referee.
The Washington State Referee Committee is the official USSF affiliated soccer referee organization for the state of Washington and are responsible for the administration of the USSF National Program for Referee development, including Registration,Instruction, Mentoring and Assessment within the State of Washington in the northwest corner of the continental United States.