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SRU Referee Guidelines
OVERVIEW

Refereeing Santa Rosa United games can be very challenging and lots of fun.  The players, coaches and parents on both teams are experienced and very committed to the game.  To be a successful referee (that is - getting to the fun part) you have to demonstrate that you are at least as committed and even more knowledgeable.  Competitive youth soccer is a hard-fought and intrinsically emotional game that relies on the referee team to keep play safe, fair and in accordance with the laws (and spirit) of the game.
 
Generally we like to see all referees have at least 1-2 years (20-30 games) of recreational and Class III experience before doing United games.  We also ask that all referees begin two years lower (by gender) than the Class III games they could comfortably work as a center or an assistant referee. 
 
There are specific age group guidelines for youths acting as assistant referees (age 14-15 must be at least 3 years older than the players / age 16-18 at least 2 years older than the players).  16-18 year old referees will be assessed for the needed knowledge and experience to fill the center referee position.  We are keen to encourage youth referees with that talent and ability.  United playing experience doesn't necessarily mean a smooth transition to United refereeing.  We do not encourage parents to push their Youth Referees to jump into what can be high-pressure United games too quickly.
 
We want all referees (and especially our youth referees) to have long, satisfying and enjoyable referee careers.  The foundation for gaining the respect and acceptance of players, coaches and parents (for you and your calls) is your individual commitment to the players and the game demonstrated by:
  • Developing - and keeping current - a deep knowledge of the laws.
  • Improving (continually) your refereeing skills through fitness, assessments, reading, discussions, watching games, having mentors, being a mentor, classes, etc.
  • Showing up early with complete uniform and gear ready for your pre-game duties.
  • Demonstrating respect for players, coaches, fans and the game.
  • Making the best call you can each time and doing your best you can each game.

All Referees: Please don't sign up for any games in which a family member is playing.
 
Team Referee Coordinator or Parent Referees: You may be asked to AR for a game if the position is still open at game time.  But please do not take the Center. It creates too much of an appearance of a conflict of interest.

YOUTH REFEREE (AGE 14-18) GUIDELINES

AGE
14 years old minimum
United Assistant Referees are 14 years old or above with at least a Grade 8 Referee License.
EXPERIENCE. We like to see 1-2 years of Rec and Class III reffing with 20-30 games BEFORE reffing in United games.

The reason for this guideline is that we have found that the intensity from the coaches and parents can be intimidating to our youth referees. We are not looking to put our youth referees in situations that are make them unduly uncomfortable and turn them off to reffing
the game of soccer.

United playing experience doesn't necessarily mean a smooth transition to United reffing. Our experience has shown us that prior Recreational and Class III reffing experience dramatically increases of a youth referee's effectiveness and comfort level in a United
games.

We do not encourage parents to push their Youth Referees to jump into United games too quickly. It is better to referee many Recreation and Class III games
comfortably, then to have one terrible experience at a United game because the youth refereee was pushed prematurely into a pressurized envirnoment.

United Youth Referees in their first year as United Referees are in a probationary status. The proper referee outfit is required of all United Referees. We expect our referees to have at least two jerseys that they will collect at the Recreation and Class III level. Any referee that is not properly outfitted for the game will be given a first warning. After the first warning, United Refereeing status will be probationary and under review.

We generally start our Y14-Y15 refs off at the Academy Under 9/10 games.

YOUTH REFEREE - AGE 14 & 15 (YR14 & YR15)

AGE GUIDELINE:
BE 3 YEARS SENIOR TO AGE LEVEL OF THE GAME ASSISTANT REFFING. The guideline for Youth-14 and Youth-15 United youth ASSISTANT REFEREES is to be THREE YEARS OLDER than the age level of the game they are reffing.

YOUTH REFEREE-AGE 16 to 18 (YR16, YR17, YR18)

ASISTANT REFEREE
For the 16, 17 and 18 year olds, we like to have our Youth 16-18 ASSISTANT REFEREES be TWO YEARS OLDER than the age level of the game they are reffing.

CENTER REFEREE
16-18 year olds may be able to Center for Academy games.

There are a few youth referees that are committed to getting the necessary education and game experience to warrant them filling the Center Referee position. We are keen to encourage a youth referee with that talent and ability.

Each referee will be individually assessed and given an age level that they will be offered games to center referee.

Generally, United center referees are 18 year old and above.

ADULTS

We strongly recommend that all new adult referees get a good base of reffing experience at the Recreational and Class III levels before requesting assignments for United games.

A good Rule of Thumb is to Center Referee at the United level TWO YEARS BELOW the age level you feel comfortable being a Center Referee for Class III games.

For example, if you feel comfortable Center reffing at Class III U16 Boys then you should be comfortable at United U14 Boys. The boys games tend to be a faster pace so apply the Rule of Thumb within the same gender.

Please do not sign up to ref any game that you have a son/daughter playing in.

Team Referee Coordinator or Parent Referees:
You may be asked to AR for a game if the position is still open at game time.

But please do not take the Center. It creates too much of an appearance of a conflict of interest.

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