Referee Skin Care and the wearing of hats

AYSO, as a member of USSF, follows the guidelines for referee apparel and usage. There has been a change in policy for the wearing of hats. Please see the below article, or go to :

New Recommendations for Referee Skin Care
NEWS Jul 18, 2015 1

As part of U.S. Soccer’s commitment to health and safety, our medical and referee experts have prepared the following recommendations for the referee community and incorporated them into our referee education materials.
In the interest of health and safety, U.S. Soccer recommends that match officials practice the following skin care guidelines:

• Consider wearing sunscreen daily on areas of exposed skin.
• Apply skin protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater 15 minutes prior to being exposed to the sun.
• At a minimum, reapply every 2 hours or more frequently if sweating extensively.
• Take advantage of halftime to reapply.
• Consider wearing long sleeves (or UV protective clothing) if applicable during high sun exposure periods.
• Periodically (once a year) review exposed skin for any changes or growths and consult your doctor or dermatologist.
• Caps may be worn so long as the cap does not endanger the safety of the official or the players.
• The cap should be consistent with the referee uniform and not conflict with the uniform colors worn by either team.
• The cap may not bear any commercial marks or logos.

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Summer Updates!

Seems like a mid-summer update, so here we go. First up are the number of AYSO Referees nation -wide. Remember this is a snapshot to get a rough idea, and as Debbie states, not be be shared outside your staffs. Per Debbie:

First and foremost, please: this report is internal use to AYSO Volunteers only; not to be used outside your Section/Area/Region staffs.
Why you ask: because this is a snapshot in time of when I pull the reports; the intent of this report is to provide you and your instructors with fun data in referee classes or your Camps. {Numbers sent to your Regional Referee Administrator}

Next, is flag procedures and more from USSF. Did you know when signaling multiple flag ignals, they should be done in the same hand as the next signal? Look at the following web site for explanation and video during actual games to get an idea of what is meant, and some pointers on calls as well.—may-and-june-2015.php

The U08 Referee Course is being reviewed, and I have been asked for input on this. Since I have only taught a couple U08, I am reaching out to the Regions for feedback. I will compile the replies and forward to the National Referee Advisory Commission for review. Send the feedback to em ASAP, as I have to get back to them in a week. Here is what I got:

NRAC is interested in your general overview as to whether the U-8 course is ok with minor updates or if a more extensive revision is necessary.
To this end, we would like some feedback on the following taking into account course content, delivery methods, length of course, exam–how to handle if given at all, amount of field time to be allocated. This used to be call free association!
–Define the purpose of the U-8 training
–What are the problems we have with the current U-8 course
–What is missing
–What should be taken out

Last, but certainly NOT least, Area F is having the Intermediate Course coming up in August. Here is the information I got from Sue Hansel:


DATE: August 22-23, 2015

PLACE: Community Bank of Elmhurst Spring Road and Butterfield

Times: Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 8:30am-3:30pm
(Continental breakfast and sign in at 8:00am)

Must have completed Regional Referee course and passed the test. Both days are required and test will be given at end of day two (time includes testing). There is a pre-test and other materials that need to be received before the day of class. Be sure to sign up in Any questions, please contact me. Hope you are having a good summer!

Going to add a reminder

The FIFA memorandum on offside stated below is for the professional level. This does NOT change the way we call offside in AYSO. Nor should it impact USSF and travelling teams. Age, along with skill level, definite plays a part in this. So remember, we have NOT changed the way we call offside.

By PRO Training & Development Manager Paul Rejer
There is no question that Play of the Week features offside a lot more than any other subject, even more so since the new interpretation started in the 2014/15 season internationally and in 2015 for North America.
Click here to look at the FIFA 2014 amendments to the Laws of the Game regarding offside
The extract from the amendments which is pertinent to this week’s play is:
‘Gaining an advantage by being in that position’ means playing a ball that rebounds, is deflected or is played to the player from a deliberate save by an opponent having been in an offside position.
A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent, who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save), is not considered to have gained an advantage.
At PRO’s preseason camp in January we discussed a number of incidents that were potential ‘gaining an advantage’ situations and we had to decide whether the ball was:
1. Deliberately played
2. Rebounded or deflected
This led to a lot of debate, hence why this subject is covered so frequently on Play of the Week, as the new clarification is so subjective and open to interpretation.
Under the old law the defender had to clearly have the ball under control and it was obvious it was a deliberate play.
Now, we are told by the International FA Board that if the defender makes a movement towards the ball, even if the ball does not go where it’s intended to, then that is regarded as a play, albeit a bad play.
In most cases, whether you believe it is a deliberate play or not can depend on what team you follow. Obviously that wasn’t a consideration in our preseason camp, yet we still had lively discussions.
This new interpretation was also covered at the preseason club visits and PRO went through various examples with the players. It is fair to say that a number of the players and coaches were not in agreement with this interpretation but realized that law is law and we have to abide by it whether we like it or not.

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Summer training!

Many of the regions have taken a break for Summer. Others are just starting, but either way, training, training, training.

August 1st and 2nd, in Malta Illinois, Intermediate Training. EAYSO roster number is 201501802.

July 10th thru 12th, in Antioch Illinois:
Intermediate Friday July 10th 6:30pm-9:00 AND
Saturday July 11th 9:00 – 4:00
U8 Saturday July 11th 9:00am
Basic Saturday July 11th 9:00am
Referee Administrator Sunday July 12th 12:00-4:00
U8 Sunday July 12th 12:00

July 25th and 26th, Area D has the following:
Area 6D is offering the ADVANCED REFEREE Course over TWO days, July 25 AND July 26 2015. The course venue is HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, 975 LAKEVIEW PARKWAY, VERNON HILLS, IL 60061. Attendance is required on BOTH days to complete required course work. You must be an AYSO Intermediate Referee or have completed the AYSO Intermediate Referee Course in order to attend this course. Course fee is $90 payable in advance to AYSO Area 6D. This fee includes course materials and breakfast and lunch on both days. Please mail $90 fee to Thomas Severin, 1435 Lenox Court, Wheeling, IL 60090. Please make checks payable to AYSO Area 6D. The AYSO Advanced Referee physical test will be offered on Sunday morning, 26 JULY, prior to coursework. The AYSO Advanced Referee written test will be offered at the end of the day on Sunday, 26 July. Please access the Referee Instructor Section of the AYSO website to review the ADVANCED REFEREE PRE-TEST. Instructor team at this time will include TOM SEVERIN – National Instructor; KAREN BUTLER – Advanced Instructor & NRAC; Mike Hodes – Advanced Instructor & National Referee. Questions? Call Tom Severin at 708-370-0700, email:

In other news, plenty of Sportsmanship Awards have been given out this Spring. Excellent job! If you don’t know what I am talking about, a quick sum up. Any person can submit to me in email, the name of a player that has shown exception sportsmanship. My saying is Good Sportsmanship is expected, Exceptional Sportsmanship is to be rewarded. If I agree, I will send the Area Staff or the Region Staff a patch to be work on the right shoulder. Each November, the Section Director and I pick one person out of all the nominations, and they get to attend the Section Expo, with Section picking up the tab. In February the award was given to a U18 player who during a tournament, admitted he was not fouled AND gave the ball back to the keeper after the restart. Let the referees know in your region to send in names of exceptional Sportsmanship!

Section Tournament in 2 weeks! Have a good summer!

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Advanced Referee Course Enquiry

Putting out a feeler to see if there is enough interest in an Advanced Referee Class. Date and location are left open, but can be at the Area A location in Antioch, Area H in Malta, or even in Chicago if there is enough interest. I am gauging the level of interest before spending the amount of time to arrange a facility and instructors. Please send me an email with your interest and where you would prefer the class.

Speaking of Area A, I include their flyer for the upcoming courses being offered. Please share with your RC if you aren’t one, and with your coach administrators. Lots of courses of various types being offered, make sure you look at the flyer. Referee Instructors, Brian is looking for more help, so if you are interested and available, please let him know.

Don’t forget that Area H will also be having training the first weekend of August in Malta Illinois, Kishwaukee College is a great facility!

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Lots of Class News

I cancelled the referee instructor training, as we only had one interested in it this weekend. However, there is lots of training coming up.

First, Area A, the far North side of Illinois has the following:

Starting Friday evening 7/10 and continuing on Saturday Intermediate Referee

Saturday 7/11 Basic Referee and U8 official

Sunday 7/12 U8 Official

Instructors are needed, please contact Brian Foreman if you are interested in teaching or attending a class there. He can be reached at

Area H the far western suburbs and central Illinois is offering the Intermedidate Referee and if enough interest, the Referee Instructor course on August 1st and 2nd at Kishwaukee College in Malta Illinois. You can reach Jay Bratko at

If you are interested in the National Referee Course [must be an advanced referee, 18 years old and with my signature], Section 8 will be holding it. Here is the information:

Greetings all,

First of all, my apologies to some of you that may get this message and have already taken the National course. eAYSO is being difficult to work with on separating your status.

To the rest of you, opportunity awaits! As I mentioned late last year and talked about at the Section conference we will be holding a National Referee course in Marshall Michigan in July. We are within the two month window so I wanted to firm up who can make it to get the logistics solid. The details are:

DATE: 17/18/19 July 2015
LOCATION: Hampton Inn, Marshall Michigan (325 Sam Hill Dr, Marshall Mi 49068)
COST: $100.00 (This pays for materials, the conference center, National Class polo shirt, Instructor logistics and lunch on Saturday)
ACTIVITIES: National Referee class, National Referee Test and National Referee Fitness Test (Sunday morning).

This class is offered about every 3-4years in Section 8 so please make every effort to attend. Jim D is working hard to augment the training with FIFA/USSF involvement from the MidWest. They say the more the merrier and never was this more true than at the National course. Beyond the knowledge you will get from the National instructors (Mike Wint, Tom Wiltrout), the secret sauce is the ability to talk with your peers and interact on the topics presented.

ACTION: Please send me your commitment (along with shirt size) to the course by 29Jun15 (we need 7-8 people) so I can ensure a quality experience for all. In parallel I will be sending a note to each of the Area Ref Administrators about the class and the value of helping interested referee’s subsidise part of the cost.

Thanks gang, I look forward to seeing everyone at the Section 8 tournament in Coldwater and a month later in Marshall for the National Referee class!

Jim Aebi

Hope you are enjoying your season as we head towards summer break. As always, we are here to help you, so feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Results and Referee Instructor Course

Thank you for your replies, they were forwarded to the National Referee Advisory Committee and passed forward to the National Board of Directors. Any changes to the referee program have been suspended for now, until some new classes can be developed with NRAC and Section Referee Administrator feedback. Again, many thanks for letting your opinion be known.

I am also gauging to see if there is enough interest to conduct a referee instructor class on the North side of Chicago proper on Memorial Day weekend, it would be Saturday, May 23rd 2015 and would take up between 8-10 hours depending on the number of people interested in becoming an instructor. You MUST be at least an Intermediate Level Referee, and the day will consist of both the introduction to instruction and the referee instructor parts of the course. I will determine on 5/18 if there is enough interest to conduct the course.

Hope your season is going well, and as always, The Area and Section Staff are here to help you.

Tim Orosz, Section Referee Administrator, Section 6

The information was passed to the regions. Without giving an opinion either way, I asked if the planned changed would help or hurt the regions. Here are the replies, but edited for privacy sake. If someone wants to know who said it, I will email the RRA/RC and ask permission to give out who it was. I did not copy a reply if it said help or hurt but with no comment.

The numbers are in, I Might get a couple more tomorrow.

This will help the region 11 votes
This will hurt the region 32 votes

What’s next? The information was passed to NRAC and to the other Section Referee Administrators. This information will be passed to the National Board to let them know of your feelings on the changes proposed. I took it upon myself to get your opinions on the changes, as I am supposed to be here to help you. This was not mandated by the National Office. I will keep you informed on the proposed changes as it continues. As of now, we were told it will proceed, U8 would be dropped for a year and revisited. Intermediate would be combined with Regional, and the Intermediate Badge eliminated, but additional classwork available and a certificate for those who continue training. Referee mentoring would support the new format. Please feel free to contact me with any comments, positive or negative.

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Immediate Response Requested

Due to time criticality, I need a response no later then 4/22/2015. The first part is for ALL rras, or RCs to respond. Also please share this with your instructors ASAP. The second is for any Advanced Referees your regions may have.

Topic #1

A proposal has come from the National Office concerning the Referee Program of AYSO which will impact each Region, Area, and Section. I need to know how the regions of Section 6 feel about the proposed changes.

Referee Program Changes: The U8, and AR classes will be discontinued, and the Regional referee class will be the starting point for all new referees. The classwork will consist of a 4 hour online internet course followed by a 4 hour in person course. [Taken at another time] The class will allow Referees to ref U12 games [Player Referees would need to be 14 to referee U12, younger to do the lower age games]. The intermediate Badge would be discontinued, and a certificate would be issued for anyone who takes the Intermediate class. Existing instructors would be mentored to teach the new course and keep it interesting. The idea is that Regional Referees are doing U12 games, and this would train them for that level. No changes at present to Advanced or National Level referees.

Please pick one of the following:

1. This is a good idea, and would help my region greatly.
2. This is a bad idea, and would hurt my region greatly.

Comments, either Positive or Negative here:

Topic #2

If you are am Advanced Level referee, and would like to take the National Course, are you interested in attending the following course:

DATE: 17/18/19 July 2015
LOCATION: Marshal Michigan
COST: TBD ($100.00)
OFFERING: Class, Test and Fitness Test on Local HS Track
Jim Aebi,

The location is about 2.5 hours from Chicago. Section 8 and Section 6 alternate hosting the course every 2 years, so it will not be offered to Section 6 locally until 2017.

Again, I need the responses no later than Wednesday 4/22/2015.

As always, I am here to help the Regions, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Hope your season is going good!

Tim Orosz, Section Referee Administrator, Section 6
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