Express is asking all interested parties who will be 12 or older by September 1 to become a referee! Referees are paid up to $36 an hour which makes it excellent money for the younger refs and more than acceptable for adults. We can especially use adult referees (it’s a great family activity when parents and kids ref together.)
How to Become a Referee:
A convenient on-line training course has supplanted the previous two-day, classroom session. That means that the training can be broken out into manageable chunks (18 total modules) and the student is tested until they know the rules. Once the on-line portion is completed, the student moves on to a four-hour field training (that’s the portion that we are hosting.)
We are hosting a REFEREE FIELD TRAINING at Leo Mullen Field on Saturday, July 22 starting at 8:00 AM (should be done by 12:30 PM.) Please complete the on-line modules by July 18.
There is a $55 fee paid to U.S. Soccer for the training (this is an annual licensing fee.) Those getting certified during the July 22 session will be licensed through 2018. Uniforms and other necessary equipment (a watch, flags, etc.) will cost about $65-$85 (you can find lots of ref gear on Ebay – do note that the referee uniform is changing. 2017 is a transitional year. The older shirts and socks can be worn this year, but the new style will be mandatory in 2018). For more on refereeing, please scroll to the end of this email.
Step 1: Go to the www.calsouth.com and register. If you don’t know your Calsouth login (which is going to be true for most of you), contact email@example.com and we’ll look it up for you (put REFEREE LOGIN in the subject line – we’ll need your full name and birthdate.) If you’ve never been associated with a local soccer program, click on ‘create account’. Sometimes, we have only one parent listed. A ‘missing’ parent can use the ‘create account’ link.
Step 2: Parents will find all the associated members of the family listed. Choose the people to register (you can choose multiple candidates if you make this a family project – remember, it’s fun.)
Step 3: Click the REFEREE box and select GRADE 8 and NEW in the Status field. Scroll down and choose "SAVE".
Step 4: Check the Accept Box for the two ELA statements. Scroll down and click "agree & continue".
Step 5: Pay for the class. You will need a debit or credit card. After payment, you will be directed to take the GRADE 8 referee modules.
Step 6: Register for the July 22 field training (or another field training that would be more convenient.) Find the course by choosing NEW REFEREE ENTRY COURSE under ‘Event Type’ drop down box and then clicking the SEARCH button.
Step 7: Click on the ENCINITAS JULY 22 class. Scroll down and click on REGISTER (sign up early – don’t wait to complete the on-line modules.) You will need your Calsouth User Name and Password to register for the field training.
STEP 8: Once you have been handed your GRADE 8 badge, please join the San Diego County Soccer Referees Association and JOIN their association. They assign all of our games (as well as Cardiff competitive and Attack games.) Email our assignor, Chris White, once you have joined the association.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A REFEREE?
Encinitas Express uses the San Diego County Soccer Referees Association (www.sdcsra.com) to assign our games and our referees are members of that association. Our assignor is Chris White. If you are a certified referee, please visit their website to join.
To join the association, you must be currently licensed to referee by USSF. Encinitas Express sponsors one referee certification/recertification class annually in the spring. Classes in other locations are available most weekends during the spring and summer. A complete list of classes can be found at www.calsouth.com. Choose the "referees" tab and search for classes and clinics.
We want our sidelines to be the BEST BEHAVED and MOST POSITIVE in all of San Diego. That means that the parents make positive comments to the players ("Good idea!", "Go Blue", "Unlucky", etc.) as opposed to either coaching their kids or complaining about calls to the referees. Please enjoy the game and respect our players, coaches and referees.