Just a few reminders for the referees out there. Some regions have started and some start in a week. The reminders:
1. Fields should be inspected after every game. This includes the goals which MUST be anchored into the ground. For those in Illinois, it is THE LAW.
(430 ILCS 145/) Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act (aka Zach’s Law).
For those not in Illinois, it is a good rule to follow. Too many children have been killed by a goal tipping over, and a sandbag or two isn’t going to hold it. If the goals are not secured, secure them or DON’T play the match.
2. Player jewelry is NOT to be worn. This includes string bracelets and especially earrings. Tape or a Band-Aid covering the earring is NOT acceptable. The hole will not close in an hour, or just have the player play the first half so it is only 30 minutes. Anyone who was at last year’s expo may have talked to the physician who told of having to remove posts surgically from the skull. Tape and a Band-Aid will not protect the player, and it is in the FIFA Law Book that jewelry is not to be worn. [Medical alert and religious exceptions are allowed]
Section Expo will be in Chicago this coming February. If you are a Referee Instructor, and need your evaluation done, we will be doing it on the 20th at the Expo. More information once everything is locked down, but we will be doing the evaluations. Each time slot is 60 minutes, so we have a limited amount we can fit in, so it will be reserved. How to reserve a slot? Email me and I will write you in. I will let you know your time slot to teach once things are locked down.
Almost done, this should be passed to ALL your referees. This is a higher level test given to the Pro referees on offside. Requires a computer, as it is a web site. Have paper and pencil ready, 25 examples and you call offside or not. No, this doesn’t reflect on you and only you will know your score. I will admit missing 2, and I have 21 years of experience at all levels. Just a great way to test yourself and get you ready for the season.
I will also post this at https://section6refadmin.wordpress.com/ where I also post all this information that is passed down.
Last, a reminder that I will continue to visit regions unannounced. The reason for unannounced is to see how things are going, offer suggestions without getting everyone nervous about coming to the region. I watch, and will mentor or even referee if you are short when I visit. I have been doing this for years, and it is a great way for me to see how things are going without putting pressure on anyone. Look forward to seeing you soon.
Also Tom Severin has accepted the position of Section Director of Referee instruction. Bill Cooper who has been in the position for years will continue to help out by teaching at different locations including expo. Many thanks for all the years of service to Bill, and Congratulations to Tom on his new position!