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:
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.
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,
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