This page will be devoted to
news, updates, and views for SECJSA referees. We hope to bring you the latest
information, events schedules, and ideas that can help you improve your performance during
the matches you officiate and make refereeing more enjoyable - as it was meant to be.
|New Online Referee System is now available. All referees must register for an ID.
|Southeast District ARA is TDB
Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
All Referee Assignors should be reading the meeting minutes from the January 18th referee assignors meeting.
New changes effective 9/1/2004: Please read the policy change. This change effects entry level courses.
You can check out the state referee site at www.ctreferee.org.
Referee Assault & Abuse
Each district in the
Connecticut Junior Soccer Association has a District Referee Administrator (DRA) whose
volunteer duties include (to mention a few) assigning referees to officiate in
district-level competitions (e.g., cups, premier leagues, select), arranging referee
certification/recertification clinics, and maintaining communications with the State
Referee Administrator, District Vice-Presidents, coaches, and the registered referees in
his respective district. The current DRA for SECJSA is Perry Papadopoulos.
Tom is the main point of contact for ensuring that our district matches are assigned the
necessary officials as the matches are scheduled. Perry is assisted (and
assists) from time to time by other referee assignors, such as club referee
coordinators and the SEARA, TBD.
Perry Papadopoulos: (860) 333-3876
|What's in your bag?
|When a referee arrives at a playing field, everyone who is already
there, players, coaches, spectators, begin their speculation and assessment as to how this
person will handle their match. They first notice his/her appearance: how does
his uniform look? did he shave today? does he/she look lost, apprehensive?
what's in the bag he/she is carrying? Few people, aside from other referees perhaps,
actually go through this checklist consciously, but each has his own questions in the back
of his mind.
If a referee shows up with no equipment
bag, I have to wonder how well prepared he/she really is. I know that many refs,
especially experienced ones who have to assist (run a line), know that they really don't
need much, and in their experience, they seldom if ever have had to produce something
other than themselves. But, what if ....?
It's my opinion that anyone assigned to a match, whether it is the
middle or assistant, should arrive at the field and be fully ready to take charge of the
match. This means with whistle, cards, flags, etc. For this reason, I always
bring my full bag, no matter what the occasion. Here's what I carry to each and
every game in which I participate:
Referee equipment: whistle & spare, watch
& spare, cards, linesman flags, notebook, flip coin, pens/pencils.
Uniform: besides the one in which I am fully
dressed with current registration badge, alternate jersey (sleeves seasonal), extra
socks, black hat, gloves.
Other stuff: sun blocker, insect repellent,
glasses cleaner, umbrella, first-aid booklet, law book, towel, water bottle full of
something, a practice pinnie (in case there is a need to differentiate a goalkeeper's
shirt), eyeglass strap, ball pump, and often a pair of shinguards (in case of player
Most days, I don't need all of this equipment, but on
some occasions I have needed them all. It becomes especially important when you
travel to a tournament away from home and expect to do four or more matches. It goes
back to the old saying: "Better to have and not need, than to need and not
have." Players, coaches, spectators, and fellow refs are impressed when you can
say, "Yeah, I have one of those," or "Here, borrow this one, it's an
extra." It tells everyone that you take your position seriously and you are
giving nothing less than your best, no matter what the competition. Remember, you
only have one chance to make a first impression. What's in your bag?
Definitions of Referee Assault
"Whenever it is alleged that any player,
coach, manager, club official, or game official has assaulted a referee or official
assistant referee, which assault shall amount to physical violence, the State Disciplinary
Board shall have original and sole jurisdiction to adjudicate the matter".
a. Referee Assault. Referee assault is
an intentional act of physical violence at or upon a referee.
b. Physical Violence/Personal Attack.
Assault includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee:
hitting, kicking, punching, choking, spitting at or on, grabbing or bodily running
into a referee; the act of kicking or throwing any object at a referee that could inflict
injury; damaging the referee's uniform or personal property, e.g., car, equipment, etc.
CJSA Definitions of Referee Abuse
a. Referee Abuse.
Referee abuse is a verbal statement or physical act which implies or threatens physical
harm to a referee or the referee's property or equipment.
b. Foul Language/Verbal Threats.
Abuse includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee:
using foul or abusive language toward a referee; spewing any beverage on a referee's
personal property; or verbally threatening a referee.
c. Verbal Threats.
Verbal threats are remarks that carry the implied or direct threat of physical harm.
Such remarks as "I'll get you after the game" or "You won't get out of here
in one piece," shall be deemed referee abuse.
If you find yourself the victim of one of the
above, take it seriously. Write it up, get witnesses names and addresses, and
report it within 24 hours to your DRA or District Vice President if the DRA is
unavailable. Let's all help put a stop to bad behavior in Youth Soccer.