Encinitas 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; 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 replaced 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, May 5 starting at 8:00 AM (should be done by 1:00 PM.) Please complete the on-line modules by May 1. There is a $55 fee paid to U.S. Soccer for the training (this is an annual licensing fee.) Those getting certified at the May 5 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.
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.