Special Olympics Invite

All,

Over the years, I have refereed over 2000 games of various types, from U5 to NCAA, to adult travel leagues. None have given me the satisfaction as much as refereeing for the special Olympics, the pure joy of the players just playing. This year is the 50th year of the Special Olympics, and USSF has reached out to me, to get people to attend on July 20th at 4 PM at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois to be part of the audience for the World Championship Finals, which will be televised. USSF was kind enough to reach out to the AYSO referees, and VIP teams and invite them to attend with free tickets. HOWEVER, only sign up for the tickets if you ARE going to attend, again, there is no cost. Before the championship games, World Class Soccer Players will be there for autographs and to play with the teams. Please, PLEASE, pass on to your VIP teams and coaches. Here is an email I got from the Special Olympics:

Dear Tim:

As you may know, Special Olympics which began at Soldier Field on July 20, 1968 is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. With more than 5 million athletes in over 170 countries, Special Olympics has come a long way since the first Games at Soldier Field. This year, Chicago will serve as the global stage for a series of high profile events which highlights inclusion and Chicago’s leading role in this worldwide movement. These events will take place July 17-21.

I’m writing to organizations in the soccer community to ask for your help with promoting and committing to bring attendees to two very important free admission events:
• The inaugural Special Olympics Unified Cup presented by Toyota at Toyota Park which will be televised live on ESPN2 – July 20. Special guests include Didier Drogba and Hidetoshi Nakata who will play unified with other celebrities and Special Olympics athletes.
• The Global Day of Inclusion at Soldier Field – July 21
I hope that you are able to engage your members so that we can generate sizable audiences for both of these celebrations.

Special Olympics Unified Cup presented by Toyota
July 20, 2018
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Celebrity Match (4-5pm): Watch world class soccer celebrities, including Didier Drogba and Hidetoshi Nakata, play unified with Special Olympics athletes.
Championship Games (5-7pm): Watch competitive athletes – with and without intellectual disabilities – play together in the first-ever men’s and women’s Unified Cup. These games will be aired live on ESPN 2! Our goal is to fill Toyota Park which seats 20,000 so that the support Special Olympics enjoys is televised to the network’s audience.

Global Day of Inclusion
July 21, 2018 (1pm-7pm)
Soldier Field
Soldier Field, the birthplace of Special Olympics will host a massive celebration, a festival of inclusion that will serve as the spark for people around the world to commit to making their cities more inclusive. This family friendly festival will offer sports activities, interactive games, exhibits, delicious food offerings, and live entertainment. Our goal is to fill Soldier Field with more than 30,000 attendees.

Both of these events are free admission. Will you please assist us in promoting these events so that we can have large audiences and a great show of support for this amazing organization? We are able to coordinate group ticket requests if you can organize a group of supporters!

Please contact Mary Slowik, Outreach Manager at 312-527-3743(o), 312-307-8819(c) or mary.slowik@sochicago.org. If you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support. I hope to speak with you soon.

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12U Goalkeepers are once again allowed to Punt.

Don’t shoot the messenger, I just got the notification not more then 2 minutes ago. 12U Keepers CAN punt once again. Following is the notification:

Under Discussions and Updates, we referenced revisions to the AYSO Rules & Regulations in the 12U & 11U divisions in regards to heading. That was a mistake. The revision was to allow punting by the goalkeeper, not heading. Heading is still not allowed in these divisions.

We apologize for any confusion this has caused.

Thank you,
Matt Winegar and Mike Hoyer

Spread the word immediately to all referees and Area Staffs. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Again, for clarity sake:

Punting is allowed in 12U by the goalkeeper once again.

Tim Orosz

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Post Expo Update

Another successful Section Expo despite the weather. A GOOD TURN-OUT AND TRAINING FOR ALL. Some highlights include:

Update to tbe Laws of the Game [powerpoint included]
2018-2019 Proposals to the Laws of the Game’
The modification from the diagonal system of control to the diagonal system with swim lanes. Mike Hodes and Josh Abts did a great presentation on this and will share.
Problems outside the touchline with Sue Hansel and Sako from Section 8
14 students took Intro to Instruction and Referee Instructor!
12 Students took the Regional Referee Administrator Course

Many thanks to all the Instructors who taught some great classes! Chris Van de Ligt, Rich Goldberg, Alan Tribble, Sue Hansel, Tom Severin, Pat Mullane, Mike Hodes,

The Section 6 Referee update we covered mentoring, moving up the referee ranks, referee numbers, and I announced that I would be retiring from the Section Referee Administrator’s job. The Section Director Jeff Ransom will be picking a replacement soon. There was not a Sportsperson of the year, since there will no nominations, but please send in the names of people who went above and beyond the AYSO tenet of Good Sportsmanship. Also remember everything I email is also posted at section6refadmin.wordpress.com . We also had a roundtable where everyone was asked what problems they are running into, and the number 1 complaint is the information I pass down is not getting to the rank and file referees. Please remember to share all this with your referees.

Hope your winter is going well, hard to believe less then 2 months before Spring season starts!

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Mid-season Update

With most of our seasons ½ way done or better, there is a lot of information to pass along on this stormy, raining Saturday. So here we go in a random order:

Section Expo will be held in Naperville on Feb. 9 – 11, 2018. Training and knowledge transfer along with networking with other regions is always a reason to go. Send as many referees as you can, it is well worth it. We are working on the courses for referees now.

Next, there is online Regional Referee Training available online! Here is the info:

Regional Referee Administrator (RRA)
This webinar occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you.
Register now!
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7901629703905511170
Check Your Date – Drop down Dates; We will review the responsibilities of a Regional Referee Administrator focusing on the activities that are key to managing a Regional Referee Program. Topics include Referee: Assignments, Budget, Recruitment & Retention and others. Resources, methods and recommendations will be shared with the students to help you be successful in carrying out the RRA duties.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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There is also Area Referee Administrator Training for Area Staff, persons interested in it, or just for curiousity’s sake:

Area Referee Administrator (ARA)
This webinar occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you.
Register now!
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6564055117018379522
We will review the responsibilities of an Area Referee Administrator focusing on the activities that are key to managing an Area Referee Program. Topics include Referee: Assignments, Budget, Recruitment & Retention, mentoring, and others. Resources, methods and recommendations will be shared with the students to help you be successful in carrying out the ARA duties.
All are welcome but in order to be granted ARA certification, one must have the RRA Training / Certification pre-requisite in your record
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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Coming up in March 2018, Iowa is offering a referee academy. Here is the information. I have been to one and it is a great way to learn!

Terry Vaughn Referee Academy
Saturday, March 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
West Des Moines Valley High School
3650 Woodland Ave.
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Register now at http://www.iowareferees.org
e-Mail rcwalaska@mchsi.com for additional information

Hope your season is going well…

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New Season

Hope your season is going well, and the new changes not causing too much confusion. In my home region, I refereed several games, and the 12U only had 1 incident of punting, which I had the keeper re-do with the new change, and some confusion at 10U to retreat behind the build out line when keeper has the ball. Players have to get used to it for 10U. If you are still confused, I have included guidelines on the build out line and some questions and answers. For those reading on the blog, drop me an email, and I will send it to you, but I sent to the RRA or RC so check with them first.

Also, as you see below, some online information on Blue Sombrero.

Hope this helps, and that your season is doing well with the beautiful weather we have so far.

As I was about to send this out, I got this from Jay Bratko, Area H Area Director, looking for Referee help for an end of season tournament. I have included s more attachments:

We are looking for referees for an end of season tournament. Can you put this out to your referee list to see if we can get some referee teams to help. They can contact Kevin Toedter directly he is the rc of sycamore where we are holding the tournament.

As always, we are here to help you. Let us know if you need anything from Section.

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Regional Referee Administrator Online Webinars

If you would like to attend an online webinar on the RRA’s job, please see one of the following two sign-ups. The first is for August, the second for September.

August:

Regional Referee Administrator (RRA)
This webinar occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you.
Register now!
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5093947596232605186
Check Your Date – Drop down Dates; We will review the responsibilities of a Regional Referee Administrator focusing on the activities that are key to managing a Regional Referee Program. Topics include Referee: Assignments, Budget, Recruitment & Retention and others. Resources, methods and recommendations will be shared with the students to help you be successful in carrying out the RRA duties.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
View System Requirements

September:
Regional Referee Administrator (RRA)
This webinar occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you.
Register now!
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4840759755169890050
Check Your Date – Drop down Dates; We will review the responsibilities of a Regional Referee Administrator focusing on the activities that are key to managing a Regional Referee Program. Topics include Referee: Assignments, Budget, Recruitment & Retention and others. Resources, methods and recommendations will be shared with the students to help you be successful in carrying out the RRA duties.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
View System Requirements

Also congratulations for the newest 6 National Referee Candidates from Section 6 and 2 for Section 8 [Michigan] who attended this weekend’s National Referee Class, and took the test and physical test. They are well on their way to earning their National Badge!

As always, if the Section Staff can help you, please contact us.

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Law Changes Update

This email was just sent to all RRAs and Instructors within Section 6.

You may have seen different interpretations from different leagues, but the AYSO hasn’t changed since Section Expo. When keeper gets the ball, or a goal kick, the other team MUST retreat across the build out line. As soon as the ball is put in play, they may move, this means released by the keeper. The referee is to encourage the defending team to retreat across the line until it becomes the standard. There is no punting by the keeper until u14. The ball MUST be played by a teammate within the buildout area, in other words, if sent far down pitch, an IFK to the other team. However, we are going to get the changed for the full course, and the tests hopefully next week. I got this from Tom Bobadilla when I got home last night.

Good morning all.

Continuing with the update and review process – thank you to all for your input and to those of you that are helping with the update/review process.

We consolidated the input on the changes to determine what needs to be integrated into our content.
The content for the presentations (8U/Regional/Intermediate) has been updated and is in the final review process.
The plan is to upload the updated content early next week – still waiting for one more reviewer to get back with input.

We updated the exams (8U/Regional/Intermediate) so we need help reviewing the modified exams.

A good approach will be two or more reviewers per exam level.

Please let me know if you have time to help with this task –– first-in-first-assigned.

Next week we’ll continue with Phase II (content/exams for Advance and higher levels along with instruction and assessment).

Again, thank you for all your help.
Tom

So we are working on it. Go with the ayso decisions, which match what USSF has posted. Do I expect changes? Yes, but wait until they are official.

Please note email change…

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
runen@att.net

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