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Youth Referee Program
We have many talented players in our region who are also referees. Our region allows youths between the ages of 12 to 18 to become referees.
It is our goal to provide our youth referees with opportunities to increase their skills as a referee and to acknowledge them for their contributions to our region. We provide skill advancement with Youth Referee Mentoring Games and Game of the Day with lunch. We appreciate our referees with an End of the Season Party and Swirl Gift Certificates.
Youth Referee Mentoring Games:
We are holding Youth Referee Mentoring games each Saturday on September 19 and 26, and October 3 and 10. This program is for youth referees to be active in the game as the referee in the center or as an assistant referee with a mentor directly working with them. The program allows for youth referees to be active for at least one half of the game. The program is designed to move youth referees up into competitive games in a comfortable and safe environment with the help of experienced adult referees.
The games are as follows:
September 12 – Game #1 GU10 at 10:45 a.m. Field 21
September 19 – Game #1 GU10 at 8:00 a.m. Field 21 Cancelled
September 19 – Game #2 BU10 at 9:15 a.m. Field 22 Great Game!!
September 26 – Game #1 BU10 at 10:30 a.m. Field 22 Great Game
September 26 – Game #2 GU10 at 3:15 p.m. Field 21 Great Game
- October 3 – Game #1 BU10 at 10:30 a.m. Field 22 GAME FULL
- October 3 – Game #2 GU10 at 3:15 p.m. Field 21 GAME FULL
- October 10 – Game #1 BU10 at 8:00 a.m. Field 22 Open positions
- October 10 – Game #2 GU10 at 3:15 p.m. Field 21 Open positions
Please sign up the Thursday before the game by contacting David Masci, Youth Referee Coordinator. You can get referee participation points for your team through this program.
Game of the Day with Lunch:
We invite our youth referees to join a senior referee staff member to narrate the referee team’s actions on a high level game. We will also provide lunch for our youth referees. The date will determined during pool play and we will post the time later.
Swirl Gift Certificates:
Youth Referees in uniform can get a gift certificate for a free Swirl 8 ounce yogurt.
End of the Season Youth Referee Party: We will hold an end of the year party for the Youth Referees, adult mentors and our referee staff. We will have lots of food, dessert and prizes. Date and location to be posted soon.
Supporting our Youth as Referees
It is important to remember that when a youth is refereeing a soccer match, he or she is an integral part of the official referee staff of our region. These youth represent future resources for AYSO and the greater community, and it is up to us - parents, coaches and fellow referees - to encourage, nurture and support them. We must give them the patience and positive reinforcement that is the cornerstone of AYSO. Every coach, player, and parent must keep in mind that the young referees working out there are our kids, and that we owe them the same, if not more, patience and respect than we give the players. And if you're a coach in a game where one of your spectators is being disruptive or challenging the youth referee's authority, you need to immediately intervene. Coaches, remember that the first line of responsibility for dealing with spectators rests with you.