Attendees: Peter Garland, Bob Stanners, Rich Ronne, Laura
Smith, Frank Balantic, Shelly Cumpstone,
Sandra Meinsen, Peter Fuhrmeister,
Regrets: Jack Nelan,
Joe Schomaker, David Reim,
Tom Scagliarini, Art Moran
Clubs Not Represented:Salem, Stonington, Groton, New London, Montville
Chris described the Connecticut State Referee Program
(CSRP), the role of the Area Referee Administrator (ARA) and the
differences between the DRA (a CJSA-appointed position) and the ARA.
Simply put, the ARA, Chris Sinko in SE, is the
administrative tie-point for all referees who live in towns that make up
the SE district. Principally responsible for certification and
recertification, the role is now expanded to cover referee education,
mentoring, development and identification for State-level and
National-level officiating opportunities.
Grade 8 and 9 Certification Clinics: The group debated the
referee certification strategy that would best serve the district given
the new rules for age limits and minimum numbers of registrants required
for clinics. We agreed that we would hold one Grade 8 certification
in the clinic for the first half of the year and at least 3 or 4 Grade 9
certification clinics with an attempt at spreading the Grade 9 clinics
throughout the district. Working with Frank Balantic’s
schedule we agreed to the following clinics for the spring:
A couple of items regarding the minimum age for clinics
have arisen since the meeting and its best to summarize them here:
If any clinic coordinator has
doubts about the age of the registrant he/she can ask for proof of age
using a birth certificate or a copy of one as sufficient proof.
The minimum age to register
for the Grade 8 clinic is 14 years of age by April 30
The minimum age to register
for the Grade 9 clinic is 12 years of age by April 30 or 11 years of age
by April 30 if accompanied by an adult buddy.
The state policy describing the minimum age, game
assignments and other clinic information is attached to this e-mail.
Chris inquired with the CSRP regarding the requirements
for Upgrades from Grade 9 to Grade 8. All is apparently not what it
seems if you just rely on state policy memo that is attached. Here’s
how a Grade 9 referee can upgrade to a Grade 8 referee (the first three
must be met):
The Grade 9 referee must
officiate for a minimum of one year at that Grade
The Grade 9 referee must be
at least 13 years of age.
The Grade 9 referee must take
the 8-9 bridge course and pass the Grade 8
certification exam with a 75% score.
The Grade 9 referee can take
the Grade 8 certification clinic when they turn 14 and pass the Grade 8
certification exam with a 75% score (without having to wait for one
Chris reconfirmed the age and indeed it is 13.
According to the SDI the assumption is that the year of officiating
recreation level matches and serving as an AR in travel matches is
sufficient experience to be considered for an upgrade.
Referee Pool For SE
Tom Scagliarini was not present but Chris made
the pitch regarding the identification and encouragement of referees to
take the next step and throw their hat into the pool for consideration of
State level assignments here in the SE district. These assignments
are targeted towards the Premier league, the Connecticut Cup and the Open
Cup. Experience in these games provides two kinds of
opportunities. The first is to experience, first hand, a higher
level of competition that will allow the referee to develop better
officiating skills. The second is the opportunity to be identified
for higher level assignments in the state, namely the Connecticut Cup
finals, Open Cup Finals, Region 1 events such as the Region 1 Open Cup
finals and the Region 1 ODP tournaments. Access to these high level
assignments start by taking the first step in the district and signing up
for matches that are posted on the SE website.
Some concern was expressed regarding the assignment of
referees to state-level matches at the expense of being available for
local district matches. The best defense against this in the long
term is to recruit more people into refereeing so we don’t face acute
shortages during moments of need. A short term solution, and an
opportunity for referee development, is to share referees across clubs,
particularly those promising referees who could use more experience.
The group debated ways to do this and the best way was to work with clubs
that were adjacent to each other to minimize the amount travel. As a
courtesy, the Assignors should contact each other before reaching for
referees outside their club. To facilitate this attached to this
e-mail is a list of Assignors for the various clubs. We’d like to
add those not current on the list to keep everyone up to date. The
list can be useful when you are short referees for a match. We can
use entries for Stonington, East Haddam, Montville, Preston, Groton, New London, and Salem.
Another thought to pass on to the DRA, currently Mike Long and assisted by Tom Scagliarini,
was to assign referees regionally, at least for the AR roles. This
could minimize travel for referees who may not have ready access to
transportation but could gain from these higher level assignments.
A point Tom wanted to make in his absence was that
referee assignments were based on a number of factors, one which included
experience in higher level matches. It is simply not realistic to
expect a center assignment if you’ve never done one. The best way to
step up is to serve in AR roles as well as in lower level or younger
state-level matches as a referee. One way to provide data is to institute
an assessment/mentoring system that would provide Tom the data he needs to
make a confident assignment. More on this below.
Referee Upgrades and Statewide Assignments: For all referees who are
interested in upgrading from 8 to 7 or to higher grades, the CSRP is
putting in place a facile web-based system that will permit referees to
apply for upgrades. This system should be finally in place sometime
in the first half of 2005. Requirements for upgrades, and all other
referee administrative information, can be found on the www.ctreferee.org
website. Statewide assignments are also available for referees in
our area. These include the aforementioned cups and regional
tournaments as well as CSSA (Adult) referee assignments. All
referees who may be interested in these should contact Chris Sinko directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Referee Development-CT Referee Camp: An excellent opportunity
for referee development available for our youth referees is the CT Referee
Camp. Details can be found at the following website: http://www.ctreferee.org/ricamp.html.
The information is a bit dated but the timing for 2005 should be the
same. Chris will happily write nominations for the referee camp this
year. All assignors should consider the information provided on the
website and forward nominations to Chris for testimonials, etc. The
earlier the nomination, the better. Chris could use the spring
season to make a personal assessment of the nominee’s abilities.
Referee Mentoring/Educational Assessments: The CSRP had started the
development of an educational assessment program in 2004 but ran into a
roadblock when USSF changed the minimum requirements for assessors.
All assessors must now be at Grade 7 before initially certifying. In
response to this the CSRP proposed a referee mentoring system that would
be administered by the state. This was debated at the CJSA Annual
Meeting in Farmington, CT on January
The outcome and details follow:
The purpose of the referee
mentoring system is to provide referees at all levels advice, pointers,
and support to aid in the development of the referee.
The CSRP will initially
administer the program by providing educational support for prospective
mentors as well as identifying common areas of focus for future referee
The program will operate
locally with an Area Mentor Coordinator (AMC) serving as the central
point of contact. It is the responsibility of the ARA to nominate
the AMC by February 15. The AMC will maintain contact with mentors
in the area and provide support as well as receive feedback from mentors
regarding potential educational topics that could form new educational
substrate for the Referee Instruction program in the state.
The AMC will work with local
assignors in identifying potential mentors in the area who are willing
to provide this important service to our referees.
The AMC, referees who would
like to participate as mentors, assignors and any others who are
interested in the program will be invited to a formal training program
to be conducted within the district sometime in the late March/April
time frame. Tips, points of instruction, etc. will be provided to
help referees who want to help others succeed will be provided.
what was agreed to at this meeting here’s Chris’ take on it: Anyone can
volunteer to be the AMC if they chose to do so. If you are interested or
know someone who would like to serve in this important role please contact
Chris before 2/15 and he will forward your name to the SRA for
consideration. In the mean time it is very important to identify referees
who have experience and who may be interested in serving as a mentor to
referees in your club. Mentoring is another valuable approach to provide
our referees with educational advice and support so please follow through on
this. Chris will contact each assignor individually for potential mentors
within your club.
In Service Educational Clinic for the SE
An extra educational clinic will be provided by the CSRP for our
district. We agreed that this would be a good thing to
support. Chris will work with the CSRP in making arrangements.
Chris will need to work with one of the Assignors on logistics. One
concern expressed by Sandra Meinsen was coach
and parent behavior and its negative effects on the referee. The
Lacrosse league works with an external provider of a service called
“Positive Coaching Alliance” that emphasizes good behavior. Chris
will bring this point up at the next SECJSA meeting on February 9 and the
next SRC meeting on March 1. Since CJSA is well represented on the
SRC we will have at least a captive audience for a few minutes on the
Certification Interest/Opportunity: As always there are
opportunities to serve soccer in other ways. We need Instructors,
Assessors and Assignors. All Assignors should look into their clubs
and inquire if there are any people who might want to serve in these
roles. Assessor entry is now quite limited due to the Grade
restriction but Instructor and Assignor do not have these
restrictions. If anyone is interested in serving soccer in different
ways please have them contact Chris for more information. Chris
announced his intention to certify as an assessor in April and has been
accepted by the SDA for the course. If all works well, Chris should
be able to provide assessments of referees in the district that could be
used by assignors and the DRA to make more informed assignments for their
2005 Recertification Feedback: Feedback was generally
positive. Having a clinic in Westbrook removed the “river” barrier
that sometimes exists in our district. The group agreed that
decentralizing the recertification clinic location works best for the
district and we will continue to do this for 2006 recertification.
One aspect that was brought up was organizing a recertification clinic in
early January to enable college-age referees to certify before they go
back to school. For 2006 we will make sure that one recertification
clinic occurs during the first week of January.
Next Meeting: The group agreed that it was useful to
have a meeting to talk about these administrative issues for
referees. We agreed that we will meet again in early August to set
ourselves up for the fall season.