Law Changes II

These are not official and may change. Disclaimer now done, this is the best thing I have seen for the Law Changes effective June 1st. Remember, if your season is already going, or starts before June 1st, then the changes will not take place until the fall season. If you start after June 1st, then you will have to update the referees fast. If you need someone to come out and teach, let myself or Tom Severin [the Section Director of Referee Instruction].

Also, I visited unannounced both LaGrange and Hinsdale this past Saturday. Glad to see that the heading change is being called, but I have noticed a lot more high kicks. Anyone else noticing this trend? Just a quick no if you haven’t, or tell me how much more you have seen. [Best Guess]

Make sure your referees are AYSO certified and have taken Safe haven. If they are not certified, then they cannot referee an AYSO game. Failyre to follow this simple rule can subject the referee who is not certified and the region to lawsuits.

Last, seeing how much interest there is for a National Referee Course in 2017. If you have advanced referees, let me know the level of interest, as it does take some time to get things setup.

As always, we are here to help you. Let me know if there are questions on anything.

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Opening Games and Law Changes

All,

Hopefully we will have a great day for tomorrow, when most regions open their spring season. However, much to cover:

If your region is going to restrict header, which is the suggested thing for the Spring, the following applies:

Heading the Ball Statement from AYSO National (from Web Site http://goo.gl/pRRJjK )

1. Consistent with the U.S. Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players U-11 (U-12 and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and games.

Heading for players in U-14 is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches.

2. An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.

(a) The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
(b) Indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s GOAL [change is mine] area, must be taken on the goal [change is mine] area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head.

3. Neither cautions nor send offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.

Note, that this is different from what is on AYSO website. I called National today to get the policy but could not find anyone with the answer. So to be consistent with USSF, FIFA, and State Youth Referee commissions, I have change the wording from Penalty to goal area. Use this definition for the Spring season. This rule should be in effect if everyone was trained and updated on the change for the Spring. That was and still is the intent, to protect players from injury and it is what USSF is doing effective immediately. I take full responsibility for this wording.

Now, for those of you who attended one of my classes at Section Expo, you know of some of the law changes to become effective June 1st. [If your season is already in progress, then will take place at the start of your next season]. If you weren’t at Expo, and haven’t heard, the biggest rewrite of the Laws of the Game has taken place, been voted on, and approved by FIFA. There is a summary in the law book about 4.5 pages long with the Law Changes. I do NOT know if these changes will be in effect for Section Games, but my suggestion is that they will not be. AYSO will have to change manuals, tests, guidelines, etc and has a lot of work to do to get the word out. You can see the full IFAB [yes, the name was changed] Laws of the Game here:

http://www.theifab.com/files/1%20-%20160412_laws-of-the-game-Digital_Print.pdf

I will once again be visiting unannounced various regions this Spring to see how things are going. I don’t announce so you don’t have to worry, it is not an inspection, just me getting a feel for how things are going. I will try to meet the RRA after my visit to let you know what I saw.

Have a good start to the season tomorrow. As always, we are here to serve you. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Immediate Illinois Concussion Law Change

Public Act 099-0245

Available for viewing at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=099-0245

All, this law was passed on 8/3/2015 and took effect 1 Jan 2016 to little fanfare. It changes the Illinois concussion Law to include:
“Sponsored youth sports activity” means any athletic
activity, including practice or competition, for players under
the direction of a coach, athletic director, or band leader of
a youth sports league…

So, yes this impacts EVERY AYSO region in Illinois. The requirement is that information on concussion MUST BY LAW be passed down to the player, coach
League official, game official [including referees], and parents or guardians of each player. The exact wording is:

Section 15. Concussion and head injury educational
materials. Each youth sports league with players who
participate in any youth-sponsored sports activity sponsored
or sanctioned by the youth sports league is encouraged to make
available, electronically or in writing, to coaches, game
officials, and players, as well as the parents, guardians, and
other persons with legal authority to make medical decisions,
educational materials that describe the nature and risk of
concussions and head injuries, including the advisability of
removal of players that exhibit signs, symptoms, or behaviors
consistent with a concussion, such as a loss of consciousness,
a headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems, from
participating in a youth-sponsored sports activity sponsored
or sanctioned by the youth sports league.

This can take the form in writing or electronically. The information per AYSO guidelines is the CDC information and/or forms that many of the regions have been using. http://www.ayso.org/Assets/libraries/resources/AYSOCDCConcussionHandout.pdf
If your region did not give out the forms before the fall season, it must do so before the start of this spring season. There are no other requirements for AYSO at this time other then before each season starts, the information MUST BE passed on to the above. However several bills are in The legislature which is on break.

Also passed to other states to remind referees and RCs to double check their state law. Remember AYSO policy for players if concussion is suspected by either the coach, parent, or referee
That the player is done for the day, and must have a signed release form in order to return to game or practice. A injury report shall be filled out and sent to the Safety Director and to National. The Referee report should go to the RC with a copy coming to the Section Referee Administrator. . If in doubt, sit them out. No parent, coach, or referee can overrule the sitting out policy if the concussion is suspected. You must also follow your state laws concerning concussions!

AYSO Concussion information is available at:

http://www.ayso.org/For_Volunteers/region_boards/safety_director/safety_director_res/safety.htm#.VuCtPOSTiUl

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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AYSO Heading Policy

Many things were covered at Section Expo, I hope you were able to attend. If not, here is the AYSO heading policy:

New Rules and Regulations: Heading the Ball

February 15, 2016
I. HEADING THE BALL
1. Consistent with the U.S. Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players U-11 (U-12 and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and games.
Heading for players in U-14 is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches.
2. An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.
a. The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
b. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s goal area, must be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
3. Neither cautions nor send offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.

Note: The policy may be put into effect with the beginning of the next game circuit start. If your program is in the middle of league or tournament play, the switch to the new rule right may be delayed until the next gaming circuit start.

Also congrats to Chris’ Team, winners of the 2015 Section 6 Sportsmanship Award, and to Chris Suskind their coach who inspired the girls. Job well done ladies!

Late Note: Yes, the intent of the heading rule was to take effect for Spring Season, as long as all coaches, players, and referees can be informed at the regional level. It is up to the individual region, but err on the side of caution. I keep getting emails on timeframe…

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Section Expo – Instructor Evaluation Reminder

A reminder, if you Region has a referee instructor that needs an evaluation done, please contact me as soon as possible to be evaluated at Section Expo on Saturday. I already have the following instructors being evaluated:

Ruth Kaup
Karen Butler
Tomer Amram
Chris Van de Ligt

Remember the Section Expo is being held in Chicago, Feb 19-21 with the evaluations being done on the 20th. Please send as many referees as you can to the expo to gain knowledge, share ideas with other regions, and to come away refreshed and recharged ready for the Spring Season.

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Also, Tom Severin the Section Director of Referee Instruction has sent out the following to instructors. I am sharing it with all of you, so that you may share the information with your referees. Tom is an excellent instructor and the Section and I are lucky to have him. Here is his note:

Good morning from Wheeling, IL (also known as a suburb north of Chicago).

If you are located outside of the Chicago Metro area, your first question may be,

“Who in the hell is this?”

And, as an AYSO volunteer with 28 years under my belt as a Referee Instructor, I would reply,

“Great question!”

Your name was gleaned from the official AYSO Referee Instructor roster for Section Six for MY2015. Am I contacting you in error? Let me know and I will remove you from this list.

My home Region is 362, Glenview, IL. I have followed in the large footprints of the former S6SDRI, Bill Cooper, for my entire time in AYSO. I am indebted, not only to Bill Cooper, but also David Keller and Pat Mullane, for being amazing mentors and role models for me the last 28 years.

Until my “anointing” as a National Instructor in December 2014, I had been an Advanced Instructor since 2000. Currently, I also serve as the 6D ADRA. I formerly served as the 6D ADRI, now in the capable hands of Mike Hodes.

In my real life, I am a licensed Private Detective. I have a very close connection with a 21 month old Border collie named Magic. During a late August weekend foray to Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to conduct training with Ruth Kaup Johnson, Magic was the very well behaved greeter and class mascot on Saturday and Sunday. Thank you to Ruth for her efforts in putting on two clinics that weekend in an EXCELLENT venue.

There are a number of reasons I am personally contacting EVERY Referee Instructor in AYSO Section Six:

Each of us is the first AYSO face most volunteer referees will have prolonged exposure to. Keep in mind the message you are sending and how that message conforms with the official AYSO doctrine and philosophies. Be the role model that our volunteer referees will learn from and look up to. Look the part, dress the part. During instruction at ANY level, please stress the importance of the Referee in the AYSO Team Concept. Every referee, at every match, has many opportunities to make a positive impact on the life of every player, every coach, every adult, that he or she comes in contact with. Referees should be bridge builders with the AYSO Team.

Each of you brings varying degrees of experience as game officials, Instructors, and public speaking skills. Always strive for improvement and personal development as an Instructor.

For those Instructors with decades of experience in the classroom and on the field, be generous with your time to mentor your fellow instructors.

I have started a WordPress blog: http://www.betterinstructors-betterrefs.com

I will be posting frequently regarding teaching techniques, things you can do to keep your classroom awake, always interested in your message, and to keep it fun. This will be for all Instructors, Assessors, and Officials.

What do YOU do in your classroom that sets you apart from the other Instructors?
What is your favorite Mod or topic to teach?
What sets you apart from other match officials at AYSO games?
What has been the BEST venue to teach at?
What has been the WORST venue to teach at?
What are your failures?
What are your successes?
What is your favorite war story?
Tell us about your “nightmare” game…what went wrong…and why?
Send me pictures of your “crew” at work!

We want to know!

Thank you for being AYSO volunteers

Tom Severin
S6 SDRI

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How do I sign up to attend Section Expo?

I have had some emails/calls about how to get people signed up for Section Expo. The information and cost and hotel information are available at:

http://aysoexpo.org/chicago-il/

While the actual sign up page is at:

http://aysoexpo.org/register-now/

Again, I hope your regions send as many referees as possible to network with other regions/areas and to learn about the changes to the referee program and the Law of the Game.

See you there!

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Winter 2015/2016 Update

I have been working hard on getting things ready for the Section Expo for the Referee side. Remember the Section Expo is February 19-21 2016, at the Chicago Marriot Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Ave. Classes have been picked, instructors assigned, and rosters being prepared. There will be a referee instructor course offered on Friday morning, as well as a chance for new and current instructors to be evaluated
Saturday. YOU MUST LET ME KNOW YOU NEED AN EVAULATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I suggest sending as many volunteer referees as you can, there are classes for both new and veteran referees. A mailing from National will come out and give you a list of classes being offered, and the Sportsperson of the Year Award given out by the Section, from those submitted by the referees.

The following emails have hit my mailbox, and I pass both forward to you with no comment, but to let you know as much as I know.

Dear Commission Member,

One of the primary objectives of AYSO’s new strategic plan and the strategic planning process is to respectfully maximize the precious volunteer time of all involved in an effort to move the Organization forward.

To guide us toward this goal of the most effective utilization of volunteer time, expertise and to maximize volunteers’ contributions to support the Organization, the National Board of Directors has voted to implement changing the current Commission’s structure to project/task specific task forces.

The newly established task forces will operate on a project by project basis and will be very project specific. This will lead to periodic meetings and updates, with specific completion dates and deliverables or findings. Each task force will be established through National Staff with a lead volunteer. Key volunteers, with experience or specific career specialties that relate to the project will be recruited. Each task force will operate on one key project at a time and then disperse. Upon highlighting a new project, a new task force will be established based on the project needs. The first series of task forces will be formed beginning in the coming weeks.

This approach to providing support to AYSO will be more respectful of the time for all involved. It will also broaden the involvement and engagement of volunteers with the necessary skills and time available to assist. We thank you for all that you have contributed to our great Organization and look forward to your continued service in securing AYSO’s strong future.

Sincerely,

Mark Stewart
AYSO National President

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Date: 20 November 2015
To: AYSO Section Directors and Staffs, Commission Chairs
From: AYSO National Referee Commission
Subject: Dissolution of the National Referee Commission
Dear Friends,
As you have already heard, the National Board of Directors has elected to dissolve the National Referee Commission. The Commission’s name has changed several times over the decades, but those who served on it have always had the same objective: to advance the goals of those who founded AYSO and its National Referee Program (NRP). The Commission is now gone and the foundational products of the NRP that the Commission managed – manuals, forms, lesson plans, Law exams, Expo workshops, online training – are now the responsibility of the National Office, along with projects recently begun by the Commission including online testing, season kickoff/refresher programs, mentoring enhancements, and new delivery methods for Regional and U-8 training.
We are surprised by this move and somewhat confused by the stated reasons in Mark Stewart’s announcement: the advantages of a highly-effective team that has worked together over time versus an ad hoc team are well known, and time spent working on the NRP has never been an issue for Commission subject matter experts. The only issues we have experienced involve communication and responsiveness problems with the National Office over the past few years. We have tried to cope with changes made unilaterally by the National Office to processes that have always worked well between the volunteer Commission and the paid staff at the National Office. A good deal of the time and energy we normally put into program development have instead been spent dealing with these issues. It’s our understanding that we aren’t the only Commission to have experienced this.
We thank all of you for your input, help, and support over the years and for working hard to keep the program going strong within your Sections. We’d also once again like to express our thanks to Debbie Dakouzlian who, until her recent departure from the National Office, worked tirelessly to try and get the right things done in spite of many hurdles.
We will continue being referees, instructors and assessors, and we’ll continue to watch and hope for good things to come from the National Office. Any future NRP issues or requests for program enhancements should be directed to Tom Bobadilla until you hear otherwise from the National Office or NBOD. Feel free to pass this letter along to your Areas and Regions as you deem appropriate.
Sincerely, Jim Gregory, Chair Jerry Anderson
Karen Butler Mike Fitzpatrick
Steve Jacobs Roy Levin
Brett Price Gregg Solomon

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