Referee Program News

Doug Sharpe Assumes Role as WVSA State Director of Referee Instruction

posted Jul 26, 2016, 2:53 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 2:54 PM ]

After many years of service in the role of State Director of Referee Instruction (SDI), Dennis Brumfield has stepped down from his duties for the West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Committee.  He will continue his work as the State Rules Interpreter for Soccer for the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission (WVSSAC) and his active role assigning referees for the NISOA chapter.

Doug Sharpe of Morgantown, WV, will assume the duties of SDI for the WVSA State Referee Committee.  In this role he will oversee the development and delivery of referee training in West Virginia.  He can be contacted at sdi-doug@wvsoccer.net

Nominations Open for 2016 WVSA Young Referees of the Year

posted Jun 14, 2016, 2:22 PM by Michael McCarthy

Nominations are now open for the 2016 WVSA Young Male and Female Referees of the Year. Nominees must be 18 years old or younger as of July 31, 2016, and the deadline for nominations is September 16, 2016. More information regarding criteria and a nomination form are available at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ux3MrIiKfaTmNJdebbqmgJfV-LByBwsUhry9rW520gc/viewform

WVSA Referee Justin Sharpe selected for Region 1 ODP Finals

posted Jun 12, 2016, 7:20 AM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Jun 12, 2016, 7:21 AM ]

WVSA Referee Justin Sharpe of Morgantown has been selected to be among only 16 referees to work matches at the US Youth Soccer Region 1 ODP Finals in Kirkwood, Delaware, on June 24 - 26, 2016.  Justin has served on the WV referee delegation to several Region 1 events in recent years, including as Head of Delegation for those in 2015 and 2016, and was selected as the WVSA Young Male Referee of the Year for 2015.  He completed his upgrade to Grade 6 State Referee in June 2016.

WVSA Referee Delegation to Region 1 ODP Tournament Named

posted Jun 1, 2016, 3:13 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 3:25 PM ]

The West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Committee has selected the following members for its delegation to the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Olympic Development Program (ODP) Tournament, which will be held in Mercer County, New Jersey, on June 10 - 12, 2016:

Justin Sharpe (Morgantown) -- Head of Delegation (2015 WVSA Young Male Referee of the Year)
Kelly Shamblin (Sissonville) -- State Youth Referee Administrator
Aaron Bracy (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Ted Edison (Midlothian, VA)
Steve Gedon (Mineral Wells)
Ashley Keefover (Fairmont) (2015 WVSA Young Female Referee of the Year)

Rich Fulcher Assumes Role as State Director of Referee Assessment

posted May 19, 2016, 6:20 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated May 19, 2016, 6:21 PM ]

Richard Fulcher, having recently completed his upgrade to Grade 5 State Assessor, has assumed the role on the State Referee Committee as State Director of Referee Assessment, replacement Harry Foose, who had continued to serve in that position in semi-retirement until a successor could be named.

In this role, Fulcher will oversee referee mentoring and development initiatives of the State Referee Committee, as well as direct the assignment of Development & Guidance, Upgrade and Maintenance Assessments for the WVSA State Referee Program.

Justin Sharpe of Morgantown to Referee at Region 1 Champions League Finals

posted May 5, 2016, 2:52 AM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated May 5, 2016, 2:52 AM ]

Congratulations to Justin Sharpe of Morgantown, West Virginia, on being selected to referee at the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Champions League finals on May 7 - 8, 2016, in Kirkwood, Delaware. This is quite an honor, as the selection process is competitive and not every state association is represented among the crew. www.region1.com/clubsite/?p=12452

WVSA Referee Delegation to Region 1 Presidents Cup Named

posted Apr 16, 2016, 6:59 AM by Michael McCarthy

The West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Committee has selected the following members for its delegation to the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Presidents Cup, which will be held in Reisterstown, Maryland, on May 27 - 30, 2016:

Justin Sharpe (Morgantown) -- Head of Delegation (2015 WVSA Young Male Referee of the Year)
Kelly Shamblin (Sissonville) -- State Youth Referee Administrator
Steve Gedon (Mineral Wells)
Adrian Inman (Martinsburg)
Ashley Keefover (Fairmont) (2015 WVSA Young Female Referee of the Year)
Richard Targosky (Morgantown)
Michael McCarthy (Huntington) -- Assessor



WVSA Rule Change: Deliberate Heading

posted Mar 30, 2016, 6:18 PM by Michael McCarthy

All WVSA Referees, Assignors, Instructors & Assessors:

The WVSA Board of Directors has adopted the U.S. Soccer Concussion Awareness Program - Recognize to Recover -- effective 1/1/2016.  They have developed and are now providing the Implementation Guidelines in the attached PDF.  

Please note that these Rule Changes are mandatory and effective immediately for all WVSA member leagues and sanctioned tournaments.  Referees are directed to apply these rule changes immediately in all applicable competitions conducted by WVSA member leagues and sanctioned tournaments.

Let me attempt to anticipate and answer a few questions.  If you have others, please feel free to reach out to me.

1.  Deliberate heading to prevent a goal does NOT meet the criteria of a send-off offense under Law 12, as it does not deny "an obvious goalscoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal."  Do not show a player a red card for this infraction, even if her or his deliberate heading prevents a goal.

2.  WVSA applies the Indirect Free Kick (IFK) for Deliberate Heading at the U11 age group and younger, per U.S. Soccer's guidelines.  Referees who work in leagues or tournaments where U11 and U12 age groups are combined should inquire with their leagues as to whether they will apply the IFK for Deliberate Heading to the U12 age level.

3.  Implementation of these U.S. Soccer guidelines may vary among the member state associations.  Referees are directed to inquire with other state associations for whom they work matches.

Best wishes,

________________
Michael McCarthy, State Referee Administrator
WV Soccer Association
On the Web:  www.wvsareferees.org

2017 WVSA Referee Program Workshop Date Announced: Feb 25, 2017

posted Mar 15, 2016, 6:45 PM by Michael McCarthy

Mark your calendars: 2017 WVSA Referee Program Workshop: February 25, 2017, Embassy Suites, Charleston. Featured speaker & program TBA.  The 3rd Annual WVSA Hall of Fame Banquet will follow that evening.

U.S. Soccer releases more details about its Player Safety Campaign

posted Feb 13, 2016, 10:33 AM by Michael McCarthy

U.S. Soccer has released more details about its Player Safety Campaign, including guidance to referees regarding the prohibition against deliberately heading the ball by players 10 years old and younger.  View email from U.S. Soccer (FEB 12, 2016) >>

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