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Volunteers from regions within Area Q do not need to pay themselves
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August 2015

Course:Intermediate Referee Course
Dates:August 18-20
Times:6-10 PM each day
Location:14742 Newport Avenue, Tustin
Roster:On eAYSO.com, 201502819
Contact:Mike Calder / jcalder@firstam.com

Resources, Documents and Forms
AYSO Referee Program
AYSO National Referee Program Manual 2009 [pdf]
AYSO Referee Program Q&A
Laws and Interpretations
AYSO version of the FIFA Laws Of The Game 2009/2010 [pdf]
FIFA Laws of the Game - including an interactive offside guide
USSF Laws of the Game - including update memos and guide to procedures
Annual Summaries of the Changes to the Laws of the Game
AYSO Guidance for Referees and Coaches 2009 [pdf]
USSF Advice To Referees (and USSF instructional materials)
USSF 2008-09 Guide to Procedures [pdf]
USSF 2009-10 Updates to the Guide to Procedures [pdf]
U.S. Soccer Referee Directives
USSF Position Papers
USSF 7+7: Sending Off and Cautionable Offenses [pdf]
AYSO's Questions and Answers to the Laws Of The Game
To Whistle Or Not To Whistle?
What's The Correct AYSO Answer?
USSF's Questions and Answers to the Laws Of The Game
FIFA's Questions and Answers to the Laws Of The Game 2006 [pdf]
AYSO Rules and Regulations
AYSO Area 11-Q Rules and Regulations [pdf]
AYSO Section 11 Rules and Regulations
AYSO National Rules and Regulations
Cross Certification
AYSO / USSF Cross Certification Form [pdf]

Referee Responsibilities Pledge

The AYSO Referee Pledge
In my words and action, I pledge to:
  1. Encourage and enforce the AYSO Philosophies of Everyone Plays, Positive Coaching and Good Sportsmanship.
  2. Learn the Laws of the Game and understand the "spirit" of the Laws and help fellow referees do the same.
  3. Remember that the game is for the players and recognize that player safety and fair play come first.
  4. Honor game assignments and arrive sufficiently early to conduct pre-game duties.
  5. Present a positive authority-figure model when officiating.
  6. Always be fair and impartial, avoiding conflicts of interest or personal bias.
  7. Remain calm when confronted with emotional reactions from players, coaches and spectators.
  8. Keep in mind that the roles of the coach and the referee are inherently different.
  9. Support sporting behavior by players, coaches and parents of both teams.
  10. Respect other referee decisions and not publicly criticize another official.

From the AYSO National Coach

From the AYSO National Coach's "Ask the Coach" column:
John Ouellette talks about the Referee

October 20, 2009
Question: "The parents on the team I coach complain about the referee all the time. Should I be concerned or is that just part of sports?"

Answer: The ref criticism must stop. There is no upside to diverting the children's focus from playing the game to an "injustice" by the referee. There is, however, a good case to be made for allowing children to deal with a referee's decision without their parents' interference.

Most of the sideline ref criticism is unfounded and refs' errors in youth soccer are generally insignificant. But even if a call is unfair, it's better for the players' long-term development if the adults allow them to cope on their own. Complaining about the officiating within earshot of young players teaches them to blame others when things don't go their way.

John has also produced an audio recording on this topic.

The full column can be found at http://www.ayso.org/resources/coach_res/ask_the_coach.aspx

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