Novice referee class will be held February 10th at NR City Hall

We apologize for anyone who saw a cancellation message for this class. The novice class will be held on February 10th at North Royalton City Hall. All the information can be found on the Ohio North Referee Site, which is also where you will register for the class. Note the class requires online work to be completed prior to February 10th. For those people who are interested in starting their referee training but can’t make the February 10th class, here are some nearby locations offering the same class:

2/11 – Strongsville
2/17 – North Ridgeville
3/24 – Wadsworth
3/31 – Brunswick

The North Royalton class will provide you with lunch as part of the course.

We ask that everyone signing up for a Novice Referee Course at any location to email Referee Coordinator Bill Werner to get you on our referee contact list and help you get on our spring schedule. Keep an eye on our NRSC referee page over the next few weeks for details on our referee registration and our preseason referee meeting in March. If you need help finding a ride to an alternate community, Bill may also be able to put you in touch with a candidate heading to the same class.

Happy 2018, referees!

Referees & Parents,

First I hope you all had a pleasant holiday season.

Looking forward in the New Year, we hope to have you all back with us for the 2018 Spring and Fall seasons. We can use each and every one of you and the travel and club leagues are always looking for certified referees. Please remember all referees, new and old are required to attend a minimum of five (5) hours of instruction each year to renew their license for the following year. These instructional hours will consist of three hours online (with a test) and two hours in person at a re-certification clinic. There is no charge for currently licensed referees to attend these clinics but you must pay your annual registration fee of $65.00. Since we only host NEW referee classes here at North Royalton, you will have to go on your own to the Ohio North State Referee web site (you can find the link on the bottom of our referees page) and find their schedules and locations for the clinics being held over the winter. There are always clinics in several of the nearby communities and a few of you can even get together and pool a ride so you can take the clinic together and not feel like a stranger. But don’t wait too long to check, some of the clinics later in the spring may be further away. You will have to be re-certified by mid March to be put on our schedule for games next spring that begin in April.

A few tips on the re-certification test for our newer referees and a reminder to those that went through it last year. Most referees find the online re-certification test to be a bit more challenging than the test they took the first year. Maybe it is because they feel as an “experienced referee” they know all the rules but most of those that did not pick up their books and spend some time studying before the test did not pass it on the first try. So take my advice, spend a few hours reviewing your rule books before you begin the test and if you don’t pass the first time, go back and study the areas you were most unsure of before you attempt your next try.

YOU MUST FIRST COMPLETE THE GRADE 8 ONLINE RE-CERT COURSE AND PASS THE EXAM BEFORE REGISTERING FOR ANY IN-PERSON CLINIC! YOU WILL BE GIVEN A CODE AT THE END OF THE ONLINE RE-CERTIFICATION CLASS. PAYMENT IS MADE WHEN REGISTERING FOR THE ONLINE COURSE!

Please use this Ohio North referee registration link for recertification information.

Scroll down to the CURRENT GRADE 8 REFEREE SECTION AND FOLLOW THEIR PROCEDURES

There is quite a bit of information presented with all the instructions let alone the sign up and passwords so take the time to read all the way down the page before you start the process. I have no involvement in the process nor have I gone through the registration procedure myself. If you have questions I first suggest you contact someone from Ohio North or possibly one of our mentor referees who can possibly pass on some information from their past re-registration experiences. If you really get stuck or have issues that no one can help you with, contact me and I’ll give it a try.

AGAIN, with their online system YOU MUST COMPLETE AND PASS THE ONLINE COURSE BEFORE YOU SIGN UP FOR THE IN PERSON CLINIC. You can no longer schedule your clinic and hope to get your online course work completed before hand. There is only a limited amount of Clinics in our area, and they can fill up fast. If you wait to long to begin your online renewal course and test you may find you are traveling a greater distance to get your clinic in, in time for the start of our season.

To quickly find some dates on these local re-certification clinics, go to the Ohio North home page, look down the side column and click on the UPCOMING REFEREE CLINICS TAB and then from that page click on REFEREE RECERTIFICATION CLINICS under QUICK LINKS. You can see their are already clinics early this month.

Please use this Ohio North recertification calendar link for a list of referee grade 8 & 7 recertification clinics:

Finally, we will be contacting all of you in March about the spring season to check if you are re-certified and interested in refereeing again for us this Spring. Check our referee page on the website as well to keep up to date on our schedule for the season if for some reason you do not receive an Email with a new registration form from us.

Thanks again to all the parents and referees for your cooperation last year. I truly enjoyed meeting and working with all of you. If you have any questions on re-certification or suggestions or input on how to make our scheduling and assignments work better feel free to send us a note at any time.

Have a Happy New Year,

Bill Werner
NRSC Referee Coordinato

Why you should be a referee

One of the most important keys to a successful soccer program and a necessity for the overall success of the game too often goes lacking and unnoticed. Sure in any program you have plenty of players, coaches, and volunteers as well as cheering parents, grandparents and siblings on the sidelines. However, you can’t have games without a solid core of well trained referees.

Where do they come from? The best referees I have ever seen always come from the players that love to play the game and some of the best are the ones that start at a young age. There is no time like now for players age 11 and up to get started on a part of the sport that can keep them involved with the game they love for a lifetime. Becoming a referee also improves their game play by helping them fully understand the laws and the flow of the game. An added benefit outside of the game is that a young referee develops important life skills from learning how to handle the pressures and responsibilities of refereeing. It helps build confidence and character and best of all they get to make $$$ while having fun in the sport they love.

If you have questions, please contact the NRSC referee coordinator at NRSCrefereeschedule@gmail.com.

Referee re-certification and other spring 2017 updates

CURRENT REFEREES – RE-CERTIFICATION REMINDER

Please remember all referees, new and old, are required to attend a minimum of five (5) hours of instruction each year to renew their license for the following year. These instructional hours will consist of three hours online (with a test) and two hours in person at a re-certification clinic. There is no charge for currently licensed referees to attend these clinics but you must pay your annual registration fee of $65.00. Since we only host NEW referee classes here at North Royalton, you will have to go on your own to the Ohio North State Referee web site (you can find the links below) and find their schedules and locations for the clinics being held over the winter. There are always clinics in several of the nearby communities and a few of you can even get together and pool a ride so you can take the clinic together and not feel like a stranger. But don’t wait too long to check, some of the clinics later in the spring may be further away. You will have to be re-certified by mid March to be put on our schedule for games next spring that begin on April 9th.

A few tips on the re-certification test for our newer referees and a reminder to those that went through it last year. Most referees find the online re-certification test to be a bit more challenging than the test they took the first year. Maybe it is because they feel as an “experienced referee” they know all the rules but most of those that did not pick up their books and spend some time studying before the test did not pass it on the first try. So take my advice, spend a few hours reviewing your rule books before you begin the test and if you don’t pass the first time, go back and study the areas you were most unsure of before you attempt your next try.

YOU MUST FIRST COMPLETE THE GRADE 8 ONLINE RE-CERT COURSE AND PASS THE EXAM BEFORE REGISTERING FOR ANY IN-PERSON CLINIC! YOU WILL BE GIVEN A CODE AT THE END OF THE ONLINE RE-CERTIFICATION CLASS. PAYMENT IS MADE WHEN REGISTERING FOR THE ONLINE COURSE!

This is the link to their registration section: http://www.ohnrefs.org/index.cfm?template=registration

This is the link to the upcoming referee grade 8 & 7 re-certification clinics schedules: http://www.ohnrefs.org/index.cfm?template=event&form_event_cat_id=7

Good luck and we will be sending an Email out to all of you by early March to register with us to be scheduled for our spring season.

Ohio Return-to-Play Law – Mandatory training for all referees

Referees need to open the Ohio Return-to-Play Law link below and complete (every three years) either of the two online training classes listed in the document. Print two copies of the completion certificate. Turn one certificate into the NRSC and keep the other for your records.
Ohio Return-to-Play Law – Concussion Training (pdf)

Field Conditions to be AWARE of:

U11 games with no center circles – Opposing players must be 10 yards back from the kick off point just like any other free kick (circle radius at this age would be 10 yards). For U8 games opposing players should be at least 10 feet back.

Tips and lessons on becoming a better referee:

NRSC NO JEWELRY (pdf)
Laws of the Game made easy (pdf)
AR and Referee Notes (pdf)
10 Refresher Tip for the Season (pdf)
Coaches and Rules (pdf)
Watch and Whistle (link to http://www.watchandwhistle.org/)
How to ref boring games (pdf)
How to Improve (pdf)
Whistle Use (pdf)
Assistant Referee Mechanics (pdf)

Links