The USSRC site is dedicated to guide, effectively communicate to, inform and update referees of all levels within the state. It is designed to provide a common point of reference to the vast collection of resources available to soccer referees. The resources are focused on supporting the common goals of professionalism, training, growth and service to the game.
Meet the Referee Series 2013
Meet with the MLS Referee Crew after the game!
For those who want to meet the referee team after home games, note that we will not be meeting on the 4th floor this year. Please meet up with the group after the match on the west concourse behind section 19. We will be escorted to the meeting room within one hour of the final whistle. We have been asked if possible to wear neutral clothing.
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- Saturday, May 4 V Vancover Whitecaps FC
- Saturday, June 1 v San Jose Earthquakes
- Saturday,August 10 v Houston Dynamo
- Saturday, October 4 v FC Dallas
Welcome Debbie Haycock State Referee Assignor Coordinator
The Utah State Soccer Referee Committee (USSRC / SRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Debbie Haycock to the position of State Referee Assignor Coordinator. This position is critical to the success of the State Referee Program. The purpose of the position is to support and oversee Assignor activities throughout the state.
- As a liaison between the USSRC and the Assignors in Utah, Debbie will meet with Assignors as necessary to assess their needs and communicate those needs to the SRC
- Communicate appropriate updates and information about the State Referee Program to the Assignor group
- Work with Assignors and the State Referee Administrator (currently Scott Harward) to ensure the integrity of their activities according to the policies of the USSF and the USSRC
- Assist to resolve conflicts that may arise concerning referee assignments.
- Assist in the implementation and use of the Affinity Referee Assigning program for all UYSA competition games
Since the Assignors have frequent, close contact with the referees throughout the state, in support of the growth of the referee program and individual referee's needs it is critical that the State Assignor Coordinator:
- Work closely with members of the SRC technical staff; State Director of Assessment (currently Randy Ploeger), State Referee Administrator and State Youth Referee Administrator (currently Norm Williamson); to coordinate information from the Assignors to identify referees that demonstrate the desire and potential for mentoring and development. <
- Work with the SRA to coordinate information from the Assignors to the SRC when the conduct or performance of a referee requires additional attention or remediation.
Debbie's unique qualifications will be a strong asset to the SRC. Debbie and her family have been very active in, and contributed to the state soccer program in many ways. Since 1980, Debbie has served as coach, Area Coordinator, District Registrar, District Competition Director, State Director of Competition, State Director of Recreation, Tournament Director, and Assignor and Referee.
Join us in welcoming Debbie to her new role in support of the Utah referees and the leagues we serve.
Utah State Soccer Referee Committee
Effective immediately, all referees re-certifying for the 2013 year are required to register on-line at the USSF site before attending a re-certification clinic. This process involves going to the USSF site ( www.ussoccer.info), verifying and updating contact information, paying respective fees (based on grade), printing out confirmation of payment and bringing this USSF print out to a re-certification clinic they attend. Details on how to access the USSF site follow.
Those who choose not to register on-line will still be allowed to fill out a "hard-copy" registration form at a recertification clinic, but they will be charged an additional $10 administrative fee to cover the cost of data entry and validation.
Along with registering on-line, attendance of a Re-certification Clinic is mandatory for re-certification. All Utah referees, regardless of grade level, must attend a re-certification clinic in order to re-certify for the upcoming year. Clinics are total of 6-hours long and consist of classroom instruction followed by the administration of a re-certification test. Unless you have already obtained your 2013 badge, you are required to attend one of the clinics. For a complete listing of all Utah Re-certification Clinic locations and dates, please refer to the Calendar section of the Utah State Soccer Referee Committee web site.
Registering online simplifies and greatly reduces the amount of time required during the final step of registration, done onsite at the conclusion of all Re-certification Clinics. More importantly, on-line referees can review and update their personal contact information such as email address, mailing address and phone numbers. The correctness of this information ensures SRC members can effectively communicate with all referees throughout the state, providing up-to-date details on, special events, USSF directives, law changes, and local rule changes to name a few. Assignors and Assessors also make use of this information and thus rely on its correctness as well.
If you should have any questions, please contact:
K Scott Harward
State Referee Administrator
How To Register Online
Use any internet browser and go to this URL:www.ussoccer.info
1. Login ID: Type in the letter R (capital letter) followed by your 16 digit USSF ID number, no dashes.
Password: Type in your last name.
Note: some newer (2010 on) referees received an id and password that is different than the R-number and last name listed above. Check the back of your registration papers you received with your registration card for details.
2. You will be directed to U.S. Soccer Information Systems home page. Click on the "Referee" tab on the left.
3. Under the "Referee" tab, click on the "Referee" heading.
4. Under the "Referee" heading, click on Click here to register.
5. On the top of the screen is your biographical information. Review it. If there are any changes, click on the link below the biographical information box. A new pop-up window will appear and you can edit the data.Save your edits.
6. Next you will see the Registration Type boxes you are eligible to submit (Referee, Instructor, Assessor, Assignor, Indoor/Futsal). You may register for more than one at the same time, if you are eligible.
7. Continue down the rest of the form answering all questions if required.
8. When you are satisfied that all information is correct, read the Terms and Conditions. Check"I agree to terms and conditions" and click "Continue".
9. You will be directed to a secure credit card payment site to submit your payment using VISA or MasterCard.
10. Please print a copy of the confirmation page.
You are finished. Take your receipt (or a copy) to the Re-certification Clinic you attend and turn it in with your test.
If you have questions or problems with the on-line registering contact Scott Harward at email@example.com or Norm Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Yearly Maintenance Assessment Policy Change
For Upgraded Referees
On Oct. 10, 2012, the State Referee Committee (SRC) voted unanimously to standardize the assessment fee amount and to require all upgraded referees (Grade 5, Grade 6 and Grade 7) to pay the fee at the same time of yearly registration.
As all of you should be aware, in order to retain a current Grade 5, Grade 6, or Grade 7 requires passing a yearly maintenance assessment. Due to a variety of reasons, this requirement has not been adhered to in our state and the SRC has granted amnesty to those who have not met this requirement. Starting this coming year, 2013, that amnesty will no longer be granted except for extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the referee and then only on a limited case by case basis. Our goal is for all referees who are currently a Grade 5, Grade 6, or Grade 7 to pass a yearly maintenance assessment.
- Effective immediately, the payment of yearly assessment fees will be required upon registration. This is in addition to registration fees specific to your grade level and the $10 administration fee.
- Effective immediately, all assessment fees are now $45 - regardless of grade level.
The SRC made these changes in conjunction with improving the assignment requesting process. In the past, the process of scheduling assessments was dependent upon referees submitting a request along with the fees. Then and only then was an assessable game identified from the schedule and assigned to the referee team and assessor. This has led to many problems, most notably "waiting too late in year" to be able to able schedule or complete an assessment.
Now, instead of waiting for an assessment request and the fee to be paid, the State Director of Assessments (SDA) can begin planning as soon as the games schedules are published. This will allow for advanced coordination of referee teams, assignors and assignment of them to assessable games. The referee team and assignors will be notified well in advance to allow them to prepare. We believe this change of policy will be of great benefit and provide a much better experience for the all.
We fully understand not all issues will be solved by this policy change, such as teams that don't show, games that turn out to be un-assessable games and scheduling conflicts to name a few. However, rest assured that the SRC wants all of you to succeed and will take those factors into consideration when possibly granting amnesty if, at the end of the year, a referee has not successfully passed a yearly maintenance assessment due to these factors.
It has come to my attention that when you online register, the $45 maintenance assessment fee has been included with the $10 administration fee for a total of $55. US Soccer was supposed to list the maintenance fee by itself. Please be aware that both fees have been combined and the total is correct. I am working on having that fixed. A listing of the approved SRC registration fees can be found by clicking here.
I am sure that some of you may have additional questions of concerns about this new policy. Please feel free to contact me via email or bring up your questions to the next ARTS meeting or re-certification clinic.
Again, the reason we are doing this is to improve our referee program and to help you succeed in the highest level of game you desire to work. If for some reason, you decided that you would rather downgrade and avoid the assessment process altogether, please contact me as soon as possible and I will help you in that process.
Hope to see you at our next ARTS meeting.
K. Scott Harward
Utah State Referee Administrator
Associate Instructor Course
An Associate Instructor course is going to be taught in the near future (please refer to the calendar below for dates, times and locations). The course consist of 16 hours including introduction to teaching theories and Bloom's Taxonomy plus some Micro Teaching. There are a very limited number of available slots and the candidate must be recommended by the SDI and Approved by the SRC (SRA). If interested send a profile and objectives to the SDI Kevin Griffiths at email@example.com. Contact Kevin if you have any questions. Please notify the SDI if you are planning on attending.
2012-13 Laws of the Game Amendments
A summary of this years updates can be obtained by clicking here.
2012 Youth Soccer Referee Fees and Other Details
Click here to review the respective fees for youth games. Other details for refereeing youth games, such as game reports and a pocket match report,
visit the youth site at http://www.utahyouthsoccer.net/referees.aspx
Kicks From The Penalty Mark Checklist
In many parts of the country, seasons will be ending and tournaments are starting to occur, both of which are often occasions for matches which use tie-breaking procedures. One of the most common tie-breaking procedures, used alone or in conjunction with extra periods of play, is "kicks from the penalty mark."
Refereeing Youth Soccer Games?
Beginning in the Fall 2011 all referees who work youth games must be set up in the UYSA online referee program. Please contact the Utah Youth Office ( www.utahyouthsoccer.net ) between 9 AM and 4 PM to get set up with a user name and password.
Updates to US Soccer On-line Education Resources
The U.S. Soccer Referee Department is committed to improving the education resources available at ussoccer.com.
The Ask a Referee section has been updated and organized according to the Laws of the Game for easy reference in addition to posting a monthly installment of questions and answers.
Additionally, you can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org for answers to any issues related to refereeing.
Bad Weather Policy
Please be aware we follow a "don't call us we call you" policy with regards to the bad weather. Please check your emails and voice messages if you think weather may be an issue. Assume the game is on unless you are otherwise notified by your assignor.
We Need Your Help!
We have over 1800 referees registered in the state with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. We need your help.
Please contact an SRC member with your ideas. A successful program takes the contribution of many volunteers. Please send us your ideas!
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