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 email@example.com 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.