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.
The information for the next course in Region 86 is as follows:
- Course: Basic Referee
- eAYSO Roster Number: 201603854
- Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
- Time: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Location: Lang Park Gym
- Address: 21540 Wesley Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Map)
- Lunch will be provided.
- More info: Region 86 Calendar
Please register for the class as soon as possible (instructions below) so we can get a good idea of how many people will be attending.
How to Register for AYSO Courses
(1) Log in to your eAYSO account (or create a new one) account at https://eayso.org.
(2) In the “My Profile” menu, select “Course Signup”:
(3) On the “Course Signup” screen, set the “Section” filter to “11”, the “Area” filter to “L”, and the “Course” filter to “Basic Referee Course” (see below in red). This will show all of the “Basic Referee” courses that are currently being offered by Region 86 and the other 9 Regions in our Area (Area 11L).
(4) Press the search button (blue below), and find the course you are looking for (for example, the one on 8/27/16 in Laguna Beach, in the orange box below).
Note that there are usually comments that give more information in the “Comments” column on the right side of the rows. If you hover over this box with your mouse, the full text of the comment will pop up.
(5) Select the desired course by clicking on its row in the far left column, under the check-mark icon (left side of orange box).
(6) Click on the “Course Signup” button (green box).
(7) In the resulting screen (also titled “Course Signup), click under the check mark to select the person who will be attending the class, then click on the “Add attendee to program roster” button to finish (both in red boxes below).
If you have problems logging in to eAYSO, please consult our “eAYSO Tech Support” page for help. Regional staff cannot help with login issues.
If you are able to log in and find the course, but for some reason you cannot add yourself to the roster, please email the Regional Referee Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For the Fall 2016 season, if you cannot make the August 27th course, and if there is sufficient interest in another course in Laguna Beach, we may offer the course again in early September, probably as a two-evening class. Email the RRA at email@example.com to tell us if you are interested.
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)