Greetings from the State Referee Committee! August brings the excitement of a new season, and the promise of (hopefully sooner than later) the return of cool weather.(I know, I said this in last August's newsletter, but I'm really, really hoping it happens).
Please read this edition of the STSR newsletter carefully, as it contains some very important information on recertification and registration.
It is time for those referees registered for 2014 (with the exception of those who become new members this fall) to prepare for 2015 Registration. The following information is broken down by grade:
Grades 8/9: you may recertify by completing one of the 2015 recertification clinics. There are three options for Grade 8, one for Grade 9. Start looking for the on-line options to be posted in your STSR account the first week in September.
Option 1: fully on-line recertification. These are titled "Referee Online Grade 9 Recert" or "Referee Online Grade 8 Recert". The ONLY option for Grade 9 recertification is the fully
Option 2: hybrid (partial on-line, partial in class) recertification. This is titled "Referee Hybrid Grade 7/8/Emeritus Recertification". In addition to the on-line material, there is a
Option 3: fully in class recertification. This is titled "Referee 5 hour recert Grade 8".
Grade 7: this year it is especially important you understand the options. Those currently (2014) registered as Grade 7s may continue to keep the Grade 7 status by attending one of the Grade 7 recertification options. The 2015 Grade 7 represents an individual who has been instructed at some time in the management of the higher level and adult games. It does not indicate any additional evaluation or measurement of the individual. However, if the current Grade 7 ALSO wants to be involved in the state Referee Development program, thereby being considered by assignors for higher level games and for consideration in youth and adult state cup tournaments as well as for selection to the state Referee Academy program, the individual must meet the requirements of the physical test and the maintenance assessment and be listed as Grade 7+. Participation in the Referee Development program is voluntary; current Grade 7s who wish to do so and have the designation of Grade 7+ in the membership lists will need to complete their assessment and PT this fall (as has previously been the case). There is NO additional fee to be listed as 7+; and since the first (and for Grade 7s, the potentially only) assessment is free for 2015 as are the PTs, there are no additional costs. Those who meet the Grade 7 clinic requirements and are also completing the assessment/PT DO NOT have to notify us; the system tracks individual Grade 7s and once those two additional requirements are completed the individual history is updated to 7+. Again, look for on-line options to be available after the first of September. Additionally, look for the physical tests (PTs) to be posted later in the fall (waiting on cooler weather). As always, you can check the 2015 requirements as well as preview the new Intervals PT at www.stsr.org).
State/National Emeritus referees: you may attend any one of the above options listed. Remember, unless you also do the PT and assessments, you are not eligible for upper division/state cup assignments.
State Referees: state clinic has already been completed
For those interested in upgrading from 9 to 8, or 8 to 7: each district will offer at various times the options for upgrading. These may appear as "Upgrade 9 to 8", "Upgrade 9 to 8 Hybrid", "Grade 8 to 7 Upgrade", or "Hybrid Grade 8 to 7 Upgrade" depending on the on-line/classroom configuration. Contact your District Director of Instruction (see www.stsr.org, click contacts) if you are interested in seeing these clinics in your district.
Lapsed Referees: STSR's new policy with those having lapsed their registration by 1-3 years will provide two options: (1) For the payment of both the current and next year registration fees, referees may begin officiating as soon as their registration is approved. They do not have to wait to officiate until January 1st, as in previous policy. The referee will be registered with US Soccer for the current and next year, and will be on both the current (through Dec 31) and next year (beginning Jan 1) approved Referee list. They will wear the next year badge.
(2) If the referee does not want to start with fall games, but will wait until Jan 1 for the next year badge cycle to begin, they may defer registration until November 1. They will not take a recert clinic until after November 1, will pay only the next year registration fee,and will be only on the next year approved list. They will, after January 1, wear the next year badge. They CANNOT officiate until Jan 1.
So in essence, to be able to work games from July 1 to October 31, as a lapsed 1-3 year referee, they must pay a Next Year registration fee and Late Current Year registration fee along with the one clinic fee. Those who don't want to pay for the current year won't be able to register or attend a clinic until on or after Nov 1.
Those grade 8 or higher lapsed 4 years may take either the Upgrade 9 to 8 Bridge course or the Grade 8 Entry course. They are registered for 2014 (if clinic is completed prior to October 31) and 2015 upon completion and eligible to work immediately.
Those grade 8 or higher lapsed 5 years or more must take the Grade 8 entry level. They will be registered for both 2014 (if completed prior to October 31) and 2015 and may begin working immediately.
If you have any registration questions please contact the State Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions regarding local clinics, please contact your District Director of Instruction (see website contacts).
If you have questions regarding assessment policy, please contact either your District Director of Assessment (see website contacts), or the State Director of Assessment (email@example.com).
We'll include our usual Congratulations section in the next newsletter.