Winter Update


Classes have been picked, instructors from Section 6 and 8 assigned, and Thomas Bobadilla will be covering the update and changes to the laws of the game at Section Expo. So if you haven’t signed up, do so fast for this year’s Section Expo being held at the Chicago O’hare. The information is:

Feb. 17-19, 2017
Chicago Marriott O’Hare
8535 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631

If your region can afford it, send as many referees as you can.

Also coming up shortly, Iowa will be having an advanced referee class, the information is below:

AYSO Advanced Referee Course
Reminder: The Advanced Referee Course is scheduled for Saturday January 14 at the Marion Public Library.

Training will run from 9:30am-5pm
(Note: the library opens at 9am, closes at 5pm – we will likely relocate for the exam)
The exam is optional on Saturday – you should be able to write out law 12

This training is open for everyone that has successfully completed the Intermediate Referee course. (The intermediate Referee course is offered twice yearly – before the start of the fall and spring seasons)

Advanced Referee Certification process:
• complete this class and pass the exam
• Be at least 16 years old (to receive the badge, you can be younger to attend the training)
• complete the fitness test
• pass 1 assessment as referee on a U14 game, and 1 assessment as Assistant Referee on a U14 game
• complete required game counts
email if you have any questions about the class

Look forward to seeing you at Section Expo! Don’t forget the Sportsperson of the year award will be awarded during Lunch Saturday!

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End of Season Tournament Area H


Attached is an email I got from Area H, about an end of season tournament starting next Saturday if you are interested in refereeing there. Attached is the schedule, and email from the Area Director.

In other news, please pass this on to ALL of your referees. Remember referees, anyone can forward me an email when you see outstanding good sportsmanship. If I agree, the player will be sent a good sportsmanship patch to be worn on the right shoulder. All winners of the patch are then eligible to win the Sportsperson of the Year and a free pass to the Section Expo, along with a trophy for Sportsperson of the Year.

Speaking of Section Expo, the Expo this year will be at the O’hare Marriott on February 17-19, 2017. Along with covering the many changes in 2016, there will be multiple courses on other referee subjects [along with coach and management] as well as the Referee instructor Course all day Friday. The expo is excellent continuing education as well as a good time to bond with other referees. Hopefully I will see you there.

Have a good rest of the season!

We are having an end of season tournament and I was hoping you could help me with sending out an email to your referee population to see if anyone can help us with our tournament. All the games will be held in sycamore il. I have attached the schedule.
If they are interested in helping they can contact me directly to my email.
Jay Bratko

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Hot off the presses

Hot off the presses…

Worked on by National and volunteers from AYSO, here is the presentation that was given on the web. All referees should be taught the changed and as many coaches as possible. Please contact me with any questions you may have, I have been already answering questions on the Law Changes. {File was sent to the RRA or RC that I have on file}

With the fall season fast approaching, please send any correction to the RRA list I made to me ASAP so I can keep you informed.

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Summertime Training

Yes, it is almost the fourth of July, but time to start thinking of training your referees. Also for your old veterans, you should have a refresher class, to go over the law changes that took place June 1st. Weekends are filling fast, so if you need an instructor, make sure you let us know ASAP.


7/9 LaGrange, Illinois Intermediate Referee
7/19 Chicago, Illinois U8 Referee
7/19 Chicago, Illinois Online Companion Course
7/23 Chicago, Illinois U8 Referee
7/23 Chicago, Illinois Online Companion Course
7/24 Skokie, Illinois Basic Referee
8/7 Chicago, Illinois U8 Referee
8/7 Chicago, Illinois Online Companion Course
8/7 Elmhurst, Illinois U8 to Basic Referee Upgrade
8/7 Elmhurst, Illinois U8 Referee
8/7 Elmhurst, Illinois Basic Referee
8/12 Antioch, Illinois Advanced Referee
8/13 Antioch, Illinois Basic Referee
8/13 Antioch, Illinois Intermediate Referee
8/13 Elmhurst, Illinois Intermediate Referee
8/20 Elmhurst, Illinois Basic, Referee, U8 Referee, U8 to Basic Upgrade
8/20 Glenview, Illinois Intermediate Referee
8/27 Scottsbluff, Nebraska Basic Referee training

Note: Some of these classes are 2 days long. All are available on and the students should sign up ASAP to ensure the classes are not cancelled. Exact information is also available at sign up or would be emailed to you. Apologies to any instructor if I missed a date.

Reminder: Just taking the Online Course does NOT make you a referee. The Online companion course along with the test, and Safe Haven and Concussion training are REQUIRED. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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Online Webinars

The following courses will be available online. The times are PST which is 2 hours behind us. Courses are open to all, especially the New Law Changes. I will post the Area Referee Admin and the Regional Referee Admin soon.

Law Changes:

Tuesday June 7 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 8 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday June 9 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday June 9 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday June 21 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 22 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday June 22 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday June 23 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday June 23 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday June 28 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 29 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday June 29 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Section 6 Games

Section 6 Tournament is now open for registration. Inform your teams now for a save the date!!
Here is the information:

Section Six Games ’16
All Currently Registered Players MY2015
Players must have been registered before MAY 1, 2016
ALL Coed teams will play in the boys division.
Space is limited. Team acceptance requires 1 Volunteer referee per team.
Each team must provide a referee that is not a coach for the tournament or listed by a different team.
Each team must provide 1 volunteer for administration for a 4 hour shift.
U16 and u19 will be separate divisions; a Minimum of 4 teams required.
Only players participating on regular/primary program teams may register.
NO EXTRA teams or Side-By-Side only players may register.

Deadline is May 30, 2016
Note birthdates of Each Division:
U10 – Aug 1,2005 thru July 31,2007; will play 7 v 7, Maximum roster 10
U12 – Aug. 1,2003 thru July 31, 2005; will play 9 v 9, Maximum roster 12
U14 – Aug. 1,2001 thru July 31,2003 : will play 11 v 11, Maximum roster 15
U16 – Aug. 1,1999 thru July 31,2001; will play 11 v 11, Maximum roster 18
U19 – Aug. 1,1996 thru July 31,1999 ; will play 11 v 11, Maximum roster 18

When: June 18, 2016; Rain Date June 19, 2016
Each Team will be scheduled to play the equivalent of approximately two (2) full time matches Saturday with 3 pool play and one final match.

Where: Libertyville Township Soccer Complex
1200 Technology Way, Libertyville, Il. 60048

VIP PLAY at 9 AM Field 5 Contact VIP Director, Region 372, Valerie Walker

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Law Changes II

These are not official and may change. Disclaimer now done, this is the best thing I have seen for the Law Changes effective June 1st. Remember, if your season is already going, or starts before June 1st, then the changes will not take place until the fall season. If you start after June 1st, then you will have to update the referees fast. If you need someone to come out and teach, let myself or Tom Severin [the Section Director of Referee Instruction].

Also, I visited unannounced both LaGrange and Hinsdale this past Saturday. Glad to see that the heading change is being called, but I have noticed a lot more high kicks. Anyone else noticing this trend? Just a quick no if you haven’t, or tell me how much more you have seen. [Best Guess]

Make sure your referees are AYSO certified and have taken Safe haven. If they are not certified, then they cannot referee an AYSO game. Failyre to follow this simple rule can subject the referee who is not certified and the region to lawsuits.

Last, seeing how much interest there is for a National Referee Course in 2017. If you have advanced referees, let me know the level of interest, as it does take some time to get things setup.

As always, we are here to help you. Let me know if there are questions on anything.

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