May 5, 2015

Greetings Referees,

We are now 4 weeks into the Spring season and things are finally smoothing out.  With the snow nearly gone (I saw some on Sunday!) and the fields becoming more playable, there will be many games in the next 4-6 weeks as leagues work hard to reschedule games that had to be postponed.  Because of this, AND because there will be rain to interfere with the remaining scheduled games, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make sure your availability is up to date.

Vacations, proms, SAT's, ACT's, graduation parties, and other family and school related events are bound to conflict with game times.  You can assist the assignors of all leagues by keeping these events in mind and blocking the dates in  your calendar in the various assigning programs.  This is not a difficult task, but it is a critical task.

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.  I have seen many referees this season just walking around and not "caring".  This is unacceptable.  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 the pay rate.  I have no problem telling leagues to cut your pay.  Show them that you deserve it!
 Oh and just a reminder - Your job isn't finished until you do your paperwork! 
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.
Best regards,
State Youth Referee Administrator