I want to volunteer as a referee. What do I need to do?

Register as a volunteer with AYSO, take a referee-training course (8U Official), and complete online Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness certification – easy!

To begin, go to GWYSL.com and log in to Spring 2018. If you haven’t registered (or reregistered) for Spring 2018, click on “Don’t Have an Account? Register Now!” and follow the registration process. 

Select “Referee” as your volunteer role (“Junior Referee” applies only to those referees under the age of 18).  Print out your completed registration form and give to Neil Palmer, the regional referee administrator, or Chris O’Connell, the regional referee instructor (or bring to class).

·        Once you’ve created an account, sign in to it and you’ll be taken to ayso.bluesombrero.com.

·        Click on Home, then click on AYSOU. Log in to AYSO U.

·        Click on My Courses.

·        Open Instructor Led Courses.

·        Open Referee Instructor Led Courses.

·        Click on 8U Official (or whichever referee-training class you’re taking). Find the class you’re taking by date and location and click on Register. You’re now registered. Please show up at the class on time and with a writing implement.

Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness are also available at AYSO U, My Courses. Please click on the links and complete (around 30 mins. each).

GWYSL is holding an U8 Official class on Thursday, April 12, 6 to 9:30, at the BIP community center (Kent Ave and North 9th Street).  The Regional class will be held the following Wednesday, April 18th, same time & location.  It is encouraged to take both at the same time if you can, but you only need the first to be able to start refereeing.

If you can’t make those dates, then the Upper West Side AYSO is holding U8 training on Tuesday April 3 and  Regional on Friday April 5.

If you intend to take a class at GWYSL or at one of the other regions, please contact the regional referee administrator, Neil Palmer, at neilepalmer@hotmail.com. Also feel free to contact him if you have any questions.

 I am a returning referee. Is there anything I need to do?

You need to register with AYSO once per AYSO season (the current season is MY2017, which runs from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018). If you are a returning referee and have not completed Safe Haven certification since August 1, 2011, you need to re-do the Safe Haven Certification.  

If you have not already done so, please complete Safe Haven and Concussion Awareness.

If you have any equipment needs, please contact Neil Palmer at referee@gwysl.org

We need more and better-trained referees. Ideally U-8 referees would ref only U7 and U8 games, Regional referees would ref U10 and U12, and Intermediate would ref U14 and above. Keep yourself sharp and improve the quality of refereeing in our league by taking further training courses. The 8U to Regional Referee Upgrade course will make you a Regional referee. There are currently two classes scheduled in the area:

1)     GWYSL, 8U to Regional Referee Upgrade. Wednesday, April 18, 6 p.m. BIP community center, North 9th Street and Kent Avenue.
 

2)     UWS ("West Side Soccer League" or "3/A/611").  Friday April 5th, location on AYSOU or contact Neil Palmer

 

For those of you who have already completed the Basic (Regional Referee) course, the next level is Intermediate. There are currently no courses scheduled in the area.

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE GAMES I WANT TO REFEREE?

We send out an email to all the referees early in the week with a link to a Google Sheet that allows you to select the game(s) you wish to referee the following Saturday.

CAN I REFEREE MY OWN CHILD’S GAME?

Experience has taught us that it’s not a great idea. You will be assigned your child’s game only in the event that no other referee is available.

WHERE DO I GET THE REFEREE UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT?

Once you complete your training, you will be provided with a free uniform (including shirt, shorts, and socks), badge, whistle, stopwatch, and a copy of the Laws of the Game. You provide the shoes.

DO I HAVE TO COMMIT TO REFEREE A MINIMUM NUMBER OF GAMES?

No. Nor do you have to commit to refereeing every week. We are happy to have you referee the number of games that works for you, but we suspect that once you get the bug you will want to referee more rather than less.