1. Section 6 has grown. For now, we have gained the States of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota. All the regions in these states are now in Section 6 for now. This means that I will be travelling along with instructors to make sure the Regions are taken care of, so instructor availability will become limited. If you need a Referee class held, there are plenty in eayso now, and if you need a class in your region, let me know soonest so I can schedule an instructor, IF you wait too long, I may not have an instructor available till training gets caught up.
2. To help with the above, we just offered an instructor course in Malta, at Area H’s Road Show. 4 instructor candidates completed the class portion of the requirements, and are working on becoming full instructors. I will offer the instructor’s course at the Section 6 Expo which will be held in Madison Wisconsin in February.
3. I am working on the Referee classes for the Expo. Classes have been changed with newer materials, and include some Roundtables this year. Section Expo is for everyone, and is a good way to award your referees for the season, and they learn new things at the same time. I highly recommend sending as many referees to Section Expo, this year in Madison Wisconsin as I stated in February.
4. Other training, Area D will be having their Road Show in November this year instead of February. One of the bigger road shows, keep an eye out for additional classes and time/dates coming soon.
5. Don’t forget to submit your players for the Section 6 Sportsperson of the year. I have had 2 submitted so far for the Sportsmanship patch. Out of all the winners, we pick one to attend the Section Expo to receive the Sportsperson of the year award. Remember, Good Sportsmanship is expected in AYSO, exception Sportsmanship will be rewarded. Just send me an email with the player name and circumstance, and if deemed exception, I will either present or send a patch for the RC/RRA to present.
6. Changes to the USSF/AYSO Cross-Certification:
USSF restructured the entry level training for referees to effectively line up training with the type of games that referees will officiate.
The reclassification of USSF’s entry level grades is as follows:
Grade 8 is focused on delivering training for referees who will work youth games.
Grade 7 is focused on delivering training for referees who will work adult games.
The AYSO referee program trains referees to officiate youth games only.
USSF Grades 7 and higher referees, typically have officiated youth games and primarily focus on adult games.
Therefore, the cross-over process needs to reflect the reclassification of USSF grades.
Effective immediately, the cross-over agreement between USSF and AYSO is as follows:
All AYSO referee levels, Intermediate or higher, will cross over to a USSF grade 8.
USSF referee Grade 8 will cross over to AYSO Regional.
USSF referee Grade 7 will cross over to AYSO Intermediate.
USSF referee Grade 6 or higher, will cross over to AYSO Advance.
This updated cross-over agreement will transition referees back and forth to the appropriate levels.
As with all referee levels in all soccer organizations, this cross-over process is the starting point for referee assignments.
The referee assignors need to track and understand the experience level of their referees to make appropriate game assignments.
The attached form has been updated to reflect the changes.
Please share this information with our referee community.
AYSO National Referee Program Administrator