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VOLUNTEERS - REFEREE

BECOMING A REFEREE

Keeping The Game Safe, Fair And Fun

Why should you become an AYSO Referee?  We need you.  We can't have games without referees. More importantly, it's rewarding and working with kids is great fun!
 
The referee's job is to be the official in charge of the game. The ref is the independent arbiter and manager of the game.   Their authority extends to everyone at the field, including players, substitutes, team officials, spectators, and even assistant referees.
 
The referee's No. 1 one concern is to keep the game as safe as possible for the players. While there is risk in all sports, the referee is responsible for minimizing such risks from field conditions, equipment, spectators, and the players.
 
The referee is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game in such a way as to keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators and themselves. The referee interferes with the game as little as possible, avoiding making calls for doubtful and trifling offenses. Referees only make calls for offenses they are sure occurred.
 
We want our kids to continue to play, and they keep playing as long as it is fun. Referees learn that fun soccer varies from age group to age group of players.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer Application
Every volunteer (coach, referee, board member, team parent, etc.) must submit a Volunteer Application each year. They are delivered to AYSO National Headquarters for an annual background check, which screens for volunteers’ suitability to work with our participants.

How to create an account and register as a Volunteer

Concussion Awareness class (online)
You must have submitted a Volunteer Application before you can access the short webinar.

  1. Go to AYSO’s Learning Management System: AYSOU
  2. Enter your login information from ayso255.org
  3. Click My Courses and choose CDC Concussion Course
Safe Haven training 
All volunteers in Region 255 must take the Safe Haven course. Safe Haven is available online. All volunteers are required to complete this prior to receiving team contact information and prior to holding team practice, so please complete the course at your earliest convenience. Please check our website for date/time or go to AYSOU to find classes offered nearby.

REQUIREMENTS

YOUTH REFEREE PROGRAM (PRO)

Region 255 has a program just for referees under the age of 18. It is called the Player Referee Organization or PRO, which stands for Player Referee Organization. It is the standard name given to AYSO Referee programs geared towards kids 18 years old and younger. Anyone is welcome to become a youth referee – they do not have to be a soccer player to join PRO. However, 95% of AYSO youth referees are also soccer players and therefore the program is named Player Referee Organization.

National guidelines state that kids 12 years old and older can become certified Referees (U-5 thru U-8 games) or Regional Referees (U-5 thru U-10 games). Youths under 12 are welcome too, but usually need to join the program as Assistant Referees.

For more info, please contact the PRO directors at  [email protected]

UPCOMING CLINICS

Coming Soon!

REGIONAL REFEREE TRAINING


Please go to www.AYSOU.org and sign up.

See Calendar of Events for more information. They are free of charge and open to everyone.

Please apply as a volunteer if you have not already.

PLAYER MISCONDUCT REPORT

The Player Misconduct Report can be completed to report any cautions and/or send offs in your match.

UPDATES TO THE LAWS

Build Out Line presentation 
Here are the latest PDI’s that, effective immediately, impact division 8U, 10U and 12U. (updated 8/28)

Summary of changes to the Laws - 2017/2018(4/10/17)

If you have any questions, please contact our Referee Administrator, Elaine Kuper at [email protected]

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & LINKS

National Partners

Region 255 Sponsors

Contact Us

AYSO Region 255

By Mail: P.O. Box 2274 - Tulare CA 93275, Elk Bayou Soccer Complex 5700 S. Laspina
Tulare, California 93274

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 559-422-7211
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