March 10, 2014
Snow is slated to fall on Wednesday but that won't deter the Spring season from getting underway. As many of you may know, tournament season has already kicked off and soon the Spring leagues will be underway. Thank you to all of you who have completed your re-registration for 2014 including your In-Service Training and congratulations to all of the newly certified and registered USSF Grade 8 referees!
Many of you have inquired about President's Cup, State Cup, league play and other items as to how to get games this Spring. At this time, I can tell you that President's Cup is already assigned (thank you to all who had signed up early) and soon State Cup will release its schedule and those assignments will begin to be sent out. For new referees, there will be a U10 Jamboree held in Merrimack NH on June 1, 2014 with 32 teams. This will be an excellent opportunity for those of you who are new to get practice and experience in a festival format. Let me know if you are interested by sending me an email.
If you are looking to work leagues this Spring, contact the assignors for specific leagues by clicking the "Find An Assignor" link located to the left of this message. NHSL, MAPLE, NEP and other leagues are listed. Do not feel slighted if you do not hear anything back right away. Starting a leauge up, even if it has been around for a while always presents challenges with the committees that run them and they do their best to make each season better. They will certainly take your information and keep you in mind. Of course, it never hurts to follow-up after a few days to ensure they got your info. This is like interviewing for a job - those who really want it will work hard to get the interiew and position, those who merely toss their hat into the ring will not.
Finally, you are all professionals and are expected to act as such. If you cannot be professional, please go find somewhere else to seek opportunity. Professionalism is required from the time you get to the field until the time you arrie home and complete any and all paperwork required by the league, assignor or SRA. This includes USSF reports and Supplemental Reports for send-offs, serious injury and coach dismissals. Do not overlook this!! I have ways of finding out whether or not you are doing your job and I will take appropriate action should you not act in a responsible and professional manner. Mauch of what you are asked to do is to assist your fellow referee in subsequent matches. Don't let them down.
I hope to see many of you this Spring and please contact me if you have any questions, concerns or just want to chat.
Frank C. Scarito
State Youth Referee Administrator