The AYSO “Basic Referee” Certification obtained by taking the “Basic Referee” course and passing the in-class exam allows Referees to be the Center Referee or Assistant Referee at the U8 through U12 Division levels. Mentoring by experienced Referees is available and recommended for all newly-certified Referees.
Laguna Beach AYSO Region 86 will be hosting one or more Basic Referee classes, depending on the level of demand from our Regional Volunteers.
Upcoming courses in Region 86
There are currently no scheduled courses for Fall 2016, but if you are a Region 86 Referee candidate, please contact the RRA (email below) to express your interest. If we get enough interest, we may schedule one or more courses.
Safe Haven and Concussion training (at www.aysotraining.org) are also necessary before a new Referee can officiate games, but they are not required to take the courses above.
All Referees (new and continuing) also need to submit or update their Volunteer Application (at eAYSO.org) for 2016.
Please register for the classes as soon as possible (instructions below) so we can get a good idea of how many people will be attending.
Questions: Email the Laguna Beach AYSO Regional Referee Administrator at email@example.com .
How to Find and Sign Up for In-Person AYSO Courses (Required for Certification)
How to Find and Take Online AYSO Training Courses (Regional Referee, Safe Haven, Concussion Awareness)
What if I am unable attend the scheduled Region 86 Referee Courses?
Volunteers can take training courses in any Region, although we would certainly encourage you to take the Region 86 classes when offered.
To find courses in other Regions, search for the course at www.eAYSO.org (directions given above).
Courses hosted by other Regions within Area 11L (of which we are one of ten member Regions) should not charge a fee for Volunteers from other Area 11L Regions. If you take a class in another Area (for example Area 11Q in Central Orange County) or Section (for example Section 1 covering the central California Areas), you may be charged a fee. The Region will reimburse these fees upon successful completion of the course Certification.
Why are we requiring multiple referees per team?
Suppose that your child’s team is in the U10 Division with a roster of 10 players and a parent-volunteer Head Coach. This means that there are probably close to 20 adult team supporters who are not Volunteers actively helping the team.
For U10 and older divisions, three Referees are needed for each match – one Center Referee and two Assistant Referees. For the team’s 8-game season, that means there are 24 total Referee “slots” that need to be filled, and each team needs to provide the Referees for half of those games, or a total of 12 “slots”.
With one Volunteer Referee on your team, that person will have to be a Referee in 12 games during the season, or 3 games every 2 weeks. With two Referees, each of them has to cover 6 games total, or 3 games every 4 weeks. With three Referees, each of them is down to a workload of 1 game every 2 weeks (four total).
While some Referees want to work multiple games per week, many of us would like be closer to the every-other-week schedule, so I would argue that having two or three Referees per team is the minimum level necessary to have good coverage without overworking these Referees.
Unfortunately, we are nowhere near 2 or 3 Referees per team in our U8 and U10 divisions (especially when the Coaches who are also Referees are not counted), so we need to get more Referees trained, mentored, and out on the fields this season.
AYSO Region 86 Regional Referee Administrator (RRA)