Since there are currently no New Referee Courses listed, there have been a number of recent questions regarding the timing of referee courses.
REFEREE COURSE TIMING
Our New Referee and our Referee Recertification courses are mostly from November through March – the “off season” for outdoor soccer. We also may have a few late summer New Referee as well as Referee Recertification courses, in July or August. These courses are typically not added until mid-June to July, as we are in the middle of the outdoor season April through June.
A Referee Candidate must attend a New Referee course, and a Referee who has a multi-year registration lapse must also attend a New Referee course.
GRADE 8/9 RECERTIFICATION
All Referees must attend an annual Recertification course. A Level 9 Referee (blue badge) will attend a Referee Recertification the next registration period.
The Advanced Recertification courses are typically held in July or August, and are intended for Level 7, 6 & 5 Referees. Additionally, those Level 8 Referees who are intending to move up the ranks are also encouraged to attend an Advanced Recertification.
STATE REFEREE UPGRADE
The State Referee Upgrade clinics are typically held in July or August, and are typically held every two years – as needed. These clinics are intended for those Level 7 Referees who are intending to move to the State Referee level.
In an effort to maintain consistency between State and National Referee Program policy, the Wisconsin Program for Referee Development (WisRef) has adopted US Soccer’s Referee upgrade and assessment process for those individuals seeking to retain their level, or attain the next level.
Performance on the field will remain the top priority for Referees and those who have been asked to observe. The requirements for Referees to obtain the proper field assessment(s) remain unchanged.
All current level 8,7,6,5 Referees expressing intent to upgrade, or levels 7, 6, and 5 who wish to recertify at their present grade must request game assessments through the WisRef.org website. Some subtle changes within the upgrade requirements will occur. ALL assessments will be required to be filed through the WisRef assignment site (https://www.gameofficials.net) whether the Assessors are assigned as a WisRef-requested assessment, or assigned directly by the State Director of Assessment (Tom Mesalk – firstname.lastname@example.org). The 2 for 1 makeup of a failed assessment no longer is in effect.
As part of the new process to determine progress in an individual’s development as a Referee, a Selection Panel will review all of a Referee’s field assessments within that calendar year. All aspects of the Referee’s commitment to the game, Youth and Adult game experiences, State and Regional Cups, travel commitment to games outside their immediate location, attitude, fitness, along with items of positive affect that the Referee may have exhibited to other members of our Referee Program will be reviewed. Assessors should concentrate on providing Referees with areas to improve upon, and document it for the Referee’s future reference. A “score” will no longer be the highest priority placed on a single game experience.
The Selection Panel will meet at the end of each calendar year or more often as necessary, and approve or deny an upgrade request by reviewing Assessor feedback, Referee game and personal experience, along with other items noted in one’s Referee portfolio. No longer will one game make it or break it for an individual’s opportunity to upgrade or maintain grade.
The 2013 Wisconsin Program for Referee Development Selection Panel shall consist of:
- Margaret Domka –FIFA Referee
- Kyle Trimble – National Referee
- James Walter – National Referee
- Joe Krzyzaniak – SRA
- Tom Mesalk – SDA
- Salvador Garcia – SYRA
- Jon Schrantz – SDI
- Jonathan Meersman – USYSA Region II Referee Administrator
If you want to referee state cup you must go and self certify yourself to the state cup league. To do so, follow these simple instructions:
- Please log in to http://wisref.org/assignments/
- Make sure you are in Group 1233 (WisRefAssigning) as an Official (Click Change Identity if not)
- Click on My Preferences
- Click on the drop down of League/Tournament Preferences
- Select the box for STATE CUP SPRING 2013
- Click Save (Modify Preferences)
After you self certify yourself, update your blocks over May 23rd to May 27th and June 1st and 2nd. I expect no declines. If you turn back a game you run the risk of being taken off your state cup games.
Self Certifying yourself DOES NOT Guarantee assignments.
Again you will not be assigned if you do not self certify.
I will begin Assignment this weekend through April 30th.
Thanks everyone for all your hard work…..