July 25, 2016

Summer is waning and soon Fall soccer will begin!

Please be aware that there are many changes to the Laws of The Game that will be implemented this Fall, as well as the number of players, field and goal sizes for small-sided games, as well as the heading/concussion protocols.  This is an excellent time to do some research, contact your assignor(s), verify what will be implemented and prepare for the start of the season.

Grade 8 classes have begun and soon the new IST sessions will also commence.  It may be a good idea to begin the process of recertifying for 2017 now!  Keep in mind that your current 2016 registration is good through 12/31/16 but effective 1/1/2017 you will be prohibited from officiating until your 2017 recertification is complete and approved.

In addition to league play and the customary Labor Day and Columbus Day tournaments, there will be several events coming up in the next four months - 

    1.  Youth Soccer Month and the U10 Festival will be happening in September
    2.  The last year of the USYS Kohl's American Cup will be taking place in October.
    3.  The New England Soccer Invitational with teams from MA, ME, NH, RI and VT will occur in November

If you are interested in these events, please send an email to me and let me know.  

Please remember that regardless of the league(s) you may be working, you need to be a professional and to do the following:
  1. Accept/Decline your assignments promptly.  The assignors want to know as soon as possible that you can or cannot wok the game(s).  Keep your availability current!!! 
  2. Arrive to your games at least 30 minutes prior to kick and be professional.  
  3. Do your game reports and report your game scores as soon as possible after the game.  Many systems now allow for reporting via smartphone.  You should submit your game reports within 48 hours per US Soccer Policy.  If required (due to cautions, send-offs, dismissals or other unusual event) be sure to submit a US Soccer Supplemental Report to the assignor and the SRA as well, with a copy of the game report.  These reports are found on this site under the "Resources" tab on the left side of this page.  There is no substitute for using the correct form!  Despite many of the assigning programs having these reports built in to them, you still need to use a USSF Supplemental Form when sending off a player, dismissing a coach, reporting a serious injury or other unusual situation.  In time, the software programs will get the new forms incorporated, but until that time, please send in the form as described above.
  4. Please work hard in your games. Whether you are working a rec league game, NHSL, MAPLE or NEP, these games deserve your best.  If you don't try hard, it will be noted and your game counts may likely drop.  The amount of compensation that many of the leagues pay is quite good and your effort needs to match that of the players and competition.  Show them that you deserve the money they pay!
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns that you cannot get answers for from your assignors or Area Representatives.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer,
State Youth Referee Administrator