Referee Program News
The West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Program 2016 Annual Report has been released and is posted among the files at the bottom of www.wvsareferees.org/about.
Ashley Keefover of Fairmont, WV, and Junior Noss of Kingwood have been selected as the 2016 WVSA Young Female and Male Referees of the Year, respectively.
Ms. Keefover is a Grade 8 Referee with four years of experience. She has worked matches in her local Marion County league as well as several tournaments within West Virginia during her years as a referee, including the WVSA State Championship (an NCS qualifying event). This year she was selected as a member of the state’s referee delegations to both the 2016 Region 1 President’s Cup and the ODP Tournament. She is a repeat honoree as the state’s Young Female Referee of the Year, having won the distinction in 2015 as well.
Mr. Noss is a Grade 8 Referee with four years of experience. He comes from a family of referees in the northern part of our state, and he has nurtured that immersion into a promising referee career. He has served the game at a wide variety of levels, from local youth matches in Preston County to state level tournaments such as the WVSA Kohl’s Cup and Open Cup.
Both winners will be honored during a special awards presentation on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the WVSA Hall Of Fame Awards Dinner at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Charleston, and their nominations will be forwarded for consideration as the 2016 Region 1 Young Referees of the Year.
Congratulations to Justin Sharpe of Morgantown, WV, who has been selected as one of only twelve referees from Region 1 to officiate at the 2016 Disney Girls Showcase in Orlando, FL, from December 30, 2016, through January 3, 2017. This event offers a very high level of competition for teams in the U15 - U19 age groups and was voted the #1 youth soccer tournament in the United States in a recent Soccer America survey.
WVSA Referee Program gear available for purchase -- polo, t-shirt, jackets, cap, bag and flipping coin
WVSA Referee Program gear is now available for purchase, including a polo shirt, a t-shirt, a microfleece jacket, a water-repellent jacket, a cap, a bag and a flipping coin. All items come with an embroidered or embossed West Virginia Soccer Association Logo, with the option of REFEREE, INSTRUCTOR or ASSESSOR underneath.
To view the catalog or place an order, see https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5w1Xklre6GFcjBvbGxVZHdqWEE.
Kudos to the Gear Committee -- Jack Clouse, Justin Sharpe and Richie Targosky -- for making these items available.
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 email@example.com.
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 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.
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)
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.
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