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:
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