REFEREE EXPECTATIONS & POLICIES
Being a referee is a wonderful job that provides unique scheduling flexibility, great pay, and a chance to enjoy the outdoors while building your soccer skills and understanding of this great game. Referee experience looks wonderful on a resume, and you may have an opportunity to earn a letter of recommendation for your future endeavors. However, as with any job, there are responsibilities that go with the perks, and we must ensure we hold the highest expectations for all our referees so everyone can succeed.
Game Assignment Responsibilities
When you accept a game assignment in gameofficials.net, you are agreeing to cover this position on a given date and time. We understand that your schedule can change, and things come up, and you may not be able to cover your assignment any longer.
Should you need to decline the position AFTER you have accepted it, you MUST get your shift covered and notify the Referee Assignor about the switch as soon as possible. You will need to secure a replacement. Please see instructions below for how to contact a replacement referee.
If you do not show up to your game assignment and have not notified the Referee Assignor within a reasonable timeframe prior to your absence, you will be charged half your game fee for that game. For example, if you were assigned to AR a U12 game and you didn't show up, we would deduct $10 from your paycheck through GOPay.
First offense: You will be placed on game probation; game assignments will be denied for two weeks.
Second offense: You will not officiate with the club for the remainder of the season.
How to Contact Referees - Follow instructions to contact or find a replacement referee.
If you are sick and cannot make your game assignment, you MUST notify the Referee Assignor in the morning and make attempts to get your position covered. If you do not notify the Referee Assignor within a reasonable timeframe, it will be considered a 'no-show.'
MYSA Weather Policy Reminder
Each year, people die as a result of being struck by lightning. Of all lightning deaths taking place at a youth sporting event, soccer ranks as the highest risk with 41% of all incidents per year since 2006. The MYSA Weather Policy was put into effect to help reduce the chances of an athlete, coach, referee or spectator falling under this statistic.
While the sky may seem clear, this does not mean that the electrical storm has passed. Please help us ensure that everyone is off the field and in their cars for the mandatory 30-minute waiting period. Do not return to the field until given the "all-clear" signal by the on-field officials.
Please do not pressure referee crews, especially young crews to deviate from this policy. For further information, please refer to the MYSA weather policy an www.mnyouthsoccer.org .