Late-Season New-Referee Deal (for Region 86 U8-U12 Teams only)
If you want to get your team out of the Referee-points doghouse and into the Regional Tournament, we are offering the following deal of the season. Barring questionable circumstances, your team can qualify for the tournament regardless of current Referee points accumulated if the following conditions are met:
- Your team recruits at least one new Volunteer Referee candidate (preferably two).
- These candidates complete their Regional Referee Certification before October 26 (2016) [see below for details].
- The newly-certified Referees participate in at least one (and preferably more) regular-season game (with a Mentor) before the end of the Regular Season (Oct. 29/30, 2016)
- The Referees commit to Refereeing (or possibly other Volunteer work) at one of the Region 86 Regional Tournaments (Nov. 5-20).
The final judgement with respect to Tournament eligibility is reserved for the Regional Commissioner and Regional Referee Administrator. We would love to have 100% of the teams participate, but we are adamant that we need to continue to develop Referee Volunteers to support our programs.
The Details: How to Become a Regional Referee before October is over (using online and in-person training):
- Submit a new AYSO Volunteer Application or update an existing one at eAYSO.org. For new applicants, this takes a few business days, so do this TODAY! A parent/guardian must submit a Youth Volunteer Application for Volunteers aged 12 through 17 (from the adult’s eAYSO account).
- Take the online “Basic Referee Online Training” course, which takes approximately 60-100 minutes. Click on the “How to Find and Take Online AYSO Training Courses” link below. Please pay special attention to step #6. You can take the course even if your Volunteer Application isn’t processed yet; you just need your AYSO ID.
- When you have completed the online course, check back on this page (or search on eAYSO.org) to see if we have scheduled the required in-person portion of the Basic Referee Training course. If we have not scheduled a course yet, email the RRA (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell us that you have finished the online course and are ready for the “Basic Referee Online Companion Course“.
- If there is a scheduled “Basic Referee Online Companion Course”, sign up for the course at eAYSO.org. For full details, click on the “How to Find and Sign Up for In-Person AYSO Training Courses” link below.
- After successful completion of this “Basic Referee Online Companion Course”, you will be given your free AYSO Referee uniform, Laws of the Game book, and some other necessary equipment.
We have multiple Certified Referee Instructors in Region 86, and they are committed to doing their best to schedule in-person classes in Laguna Beach so that everyone who completes the “Basic Referee Online Training” class (online) before October 20th (2016) will be able attend an in-person class before October 27.
In short, if you finish the online course in the next few days, we will do our best to schedule a Companion Course so that you can attend. The Companion class is about 3-3.5 hours long, and will probably meet either a weeknight starting at 6 PM or a Sunday afternoon starting around 1-2 PM. If you have special concerns that are preventing you from taking the Companion Course, please contact the RRA (email above) immediately.
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)