David Keller and Pat Mullane have agreed to offer a Referee Assessor course on Thursday, October 29th. It will be held at 4507 N. Ravenswood, Suite 101 in Chicago (an easy distance from the “L” line for anyone coming from the Loop: two blocks from the Montrose stop on the Brown Line). The class is being offered on a weekday night (to keep the weekends free during soccer season), and it’s being offered before the end of the fall season (to allow aspiring assessors to gain on-field experience before the season ends).
I’d like to urge you to get the word out to those whom you think would benefit from the class: would you please look at your referee roster, identify likely candidates, and urge them to sign up for (and attend) the course? It promises to be an informative evening, led by two outstanding instructors who have a wealth of information to share. And they’ll be providing pizza.
To be certified as an assessor, a referee must be an Advanced Referee, but if you have Intermediate referees who are on their way towards earning the Advanced badge, consider urging them to attend the course as well. (They can attend now and receive assessor certification after they have their Advanced badge.)
It’s worth the while of all RRAs and ARAs to encourage attendance at the class: referees who attend the class will return to their regions with new skills and with a new approach to helping other referees. Having assessors readily available smooths the upgrade process, and referee with an assessor certification under his or her belt can be an invaluable addition to your Region’s or Area’s mentoring programs. Mentors inspire new referees to improve, and mentoring is key to retaining referees.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Karen Butler or David Keller.
If your region has a Referee Instructor that needs the evaluation done, or your Region needs a referee Instructor, make plans to have the Instructor Candidate attend the Section Expo 19-21 February 2016 at the Marriott downtown Chicago. If attending the Introduction to Instruction and Referee instructor Course, and the Candidate meets the requirements [Intermediate referee or Advanced Referee and has completed the Introduction to Instruction Course] the courses will start early Friday the 19th in the morning. If your Referee Instructor needs the evaluation for the referee course or Intermediate Course, or the Advanced Referee Instructor Evaluation, they will be done on Saturday the 20th. A section of each course will be assigned to teach in front of either a class if we get enough interest, or experienced Instructors. Since assignments will have to be issued before the weekend, we will conduct the evaluations as a first come first served for those instructors that send me an email telling me they will be attending. So, the region should pick up the cost of the expo, as the instructors can attend the other courses at expo when not presenting. Obviously the sooner they contact me, the better.
Hope your season is going well. As always, we are here to help you out. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Tim Orosz, Section Referee Administrator, Section 6
American Youth Soccer Organization
Serving Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, North and South Dakota