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
American Youth Soccer Organization
Serving Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, North and South Dakota
H 773 539 7356
Cell 773 547 3811
FAX 773 539 3577

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More classes

After I sent the emails, I got more information from the Areas. First, on the 28th, Cedar Rapids Iowa is holding a Basic and an Intermediate Class. Please see the information at:

Also, got some interest in a referee instructor class. If I get 4 students for this Saturday, after the introduction to Instruction I will teach the Basic Referee Instructor. However, I MUST be contacted by Thursday that would will attend. Please use my to let me know you will be attending. The cutoff date is so I can get the materials done in time. Short notice, but as we just offered the course and normally do not offer it so close together.

Enjoy your seasons!

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Introduction to Instruction Course

WHERE: Elmhurst Park District Wagner Community Center
615 N. West Ave. in Elmhurst, IL (adjacent to Berens Park)
Multi-purpose Room C

When: March 21st at 9:00 AM

If you want to become a Referee, Coach, or Management Instructor, the first requirement is for you to complete the Introduction to Instruction. The course will last 3 hours and as stated is the requirement before taking the next level for each discipline. Please sign up at roster # 201500904

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