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.
View System Requirements

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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AYSO Sportsperson makes the news!

It is with great pride that I forward this email to all. This young lady who I only met when giving her the Sportsmanship of the Year award at Section Expo in February, made the news. If you think the award for sportsmanship is a waste of time, look to see what she says about her teammates.

http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/June-Student-of-the-Month-Kenna-Kuth–425277154.html

You may need to cut and paste in a browser address bar, the length may be too long.

Remember, anyone can send me a report on Good Sportsmanship.

Also, my visiting Regions by surprise continued this past Saturday, with my visiting the U12 fields in LaGrange. I met some nice parents and coaches [I refereed the 8:15 U12 game] AR’d the next and watched a third game. A well done to LaGrange AYSO, and if you have a report about some referee they hadn’t seen before, that was me.

Seasons are winding down, hope you all have a good summer. Do NOT forget to tell your Advanced Referees about the National Referee Course coming up in August. From Tom Severin:

The venue for this course has NOT been determined but will be a hotel with meeting facilities in the North suburbs of Chicago, in or near Glenview. This course will commence Friday evening, 11 August 2017. Registration on Friday from 5:00 p.m to 5:45 p.m., Course begins at 6:00 p.m. Course will end with AYSO National Referee written test at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, 13 August. Physical test will be offered Sunday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

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National Referee Course

All,

Please spread the word, Section 6 along with Section 8 will be offering the National Referee Course on 8/11/2017 – 8/13/2017 in the Chicago Area. Please spread the word out. I include the course info below. You MUST already be a certified Advanced Referee in order to attend, with a minimum of 80 games. Sign up ASAP so that we may make arrangements for a facility.

Course Request Information : Requested on 05/22/2017 12:12 PM
Section 6 Area Region
Course National Referee Course Start Date 8/11/2017
City Glenview State IL

Lead Instructor
First name Thomas Last name Severin
Phone 7083700700
E-mail tomandcody@gmail.com

Course Contact
First name Thomas Last name Severin
Phone 7083700700
E-mail tomandcody@gmail.com

Course Verified By
First name Thomas Last name Severin
Phone 7083700700
E-mail tomandcody@gmail.com

Roster Status
Roster number 201701551 Roster Status : Pending
Volunteer Authorizer Information needs to be updated

Comments The venue for this course has NOT been determined but will be a hotel with meeting facilities in the North suburbs of Chicago, in or near Glenview. This course will commence Friday evening, 11 August 2017. Registration on Friday from 5:00 p.m to 5:45 p.m., Course begins at 6:00 p.m. Course will end with AYSO National Referee written test at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, 13 August. Physical test will be offered Sunday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Publish on the website N

This notice is sent for information only. Please do not respond directly to this notice
If you have questions about this course registration, please e-mail rosteradmin@ayso.org

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Mid-season Summary

Just a fast update from Section about ½ way thru the season. Only a few scattered minor issues, nothing note-worthy. Remember to submit to me any outstanding good sportsmanship for the yearly Good Sportsmanship Award.

Attachments: FIFA Law Changes for 2017. THESE ARE UNOFFICAL and NOT to be used yet. Effect date is July 1st, and there still are things to be decided by AYSO, including the “Sin Bin”. I include them only for your review and to get a preview. This is NOT to be distributed yet.

Attachment 2 is from Iowa, Area E introducing the Iowa Cup, a chance for Referee teams to compete and get rated by experienced Senior Referees [Badge, not age 😊] This is being held for the first time and is open to teams of Regional and Intermediate Referees [You can have a mix per team], and Senior Level referees are needed as well. July 2nd and 3rd in Dubuque, Iowa, hope to see you there!

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