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 sec6.areaa.ra@gmail.com.

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 jaymo67@gmail.com.

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, refaebi@gmail.com)

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 runen@comcast.net 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 eayso.org roster # 201500904

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Pre-season Update

With everyone preparing for Spring season, news to pass long…

1. First thanks to all those who attended the Section 6 expo. It was nice to see old friends and make a lot of new, including those new to Section 6 including Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota.

2. For those of you that didn’t know, I give out a Sportsman of the year award each year. Any one in AYSO can submit an email to me when they see an exceptional instance of Good Sportsmanship. National was so impressed with our program, it is featured on the AYSO web site. Please look at http://www.ayso.org/aboutayso/AYSO_News/Inspirational_Story_of_Exceptional_Sportsmanship_s2_p3300.htm#.VQHVxk10y70 to see the impressive story of this year’s winner.
3. With Opening day not far away for most of us [some regions have already started], instructors are in high demand. If you plan on holding a referee course, contact your Area Referee administrator ASAP.
4. Keep current on your state’s laws concerning concussions. Some of the states have amended their laws, and you are REQUIRED to keep current on this.
5. I will be visiting regions once again this Spring. So if you see me in your region, come on up and introduce yourself. If you don’t know me, I always come out in uniform and have been known to referee a game or two at your region.
6. TRAINING, TRAINING, TRAINING/ I hope I stressed it enough that I want everyone to continue their way up the referee chain. Elmhurst is offering an Intermediate Course on the 21st. The information is on eayso under courses. Sue Hansel is a great instructor and you will learn a lot from her.
7. As always feel free to contact me if you can’t get an answer. Law Changes were minor this year, and IFAB has voted on the Law changes for next year already. More on that when it becomes official.

Have a great season!

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Weeks to go to Section Expo

RRAs, RCs, Staffs,


Just a reminder that Feb 27th, 28th and March 1st is the Section Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.  Along with Referee Instructor, Advanced Referee Instructor, there are multiple referee courses to continue learning the art of refereeing.  Send as many volunteers as possible to get the best referees you can.  Along with refereeing, I will be giving out this years Sportsman of the Year Award to a well-deserved player. Also, if you are interested in Advanced Referee Instructor, AND meet the requirements, you must contact me ASAP.


From Area F Referee Administrator, Sue Hansel, I got this:


We will be holding the Intermediate Referee training in Elmhurst on 3/21-3/22. The course is listed in eayso.org. If any of your referees will be attending, please have them sign up ASAP. You may contact me with any questions.


Sue Hansel




And from the National Office, I forward the following information:


Good morning everyone.


AYSO uses USSF referee resources as part of our training program for referees at all levels.

USSF is in the process of combining two of their manuals to have the information in one document.

The two manuals are the Advice to Referees and the Guide to Procedures.

There is no estimated date of completion so for now, please continue using and referencing both manuals as usual.

When the integration of the manuals is completed, we will let everyone know.

Please share this  information with all of your instructors, assessors, mentors, referees, and other volunteers that help you with the referee program.  


Thank you.


Thomas Bobadilla

National Referee Program Administrator

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