Thinking of becoming a referee?  

If you are under 13 years of age, we recommend you begin reffing in the Fall Lower Division program. (If this is you, please scroll down this page to the section titled "TRAINING FOR NEW REFEREES FOR FALL/LOWER DIVISION".  You will find details and special instructions about training opportunities for our younger referees).
If you are 14 years or older, and plan to start reffing in the Spring-Summer Upper Division, from May-July, you need to follow the USSF Grade 8 certification track, and complete all Grade 8 training requirements detailed below. 

If you are 14 or older...

 Upper Division referees are required to register with the USSF and pay a registration fee to become USSF certified.  The training course for a Grade 8 referee includes, self-paced online courses, 8 hrs of classroom instruction, and participation in our local pre-season on-field training.  Clinic dates and details are listed below. 
Spring Clinics for Grade 8 Referees who plan to work during our
Upper Division Season (games May thru July)
This is training for both first-tiime referees AND also referees who worked during our 2013 Fall Season.

New referees, and returning 1st year referees who began refereeing in August 2013 will need to attend a Grade 8 course, become USSF certified and pay the USSF registration fee in order to referee in the 2014 Spring-Summer season.

The training program includes: 1) an online component, (which includes viewing a required concussion training video); 2) 8 hrs of classroom instruction; and 3) participation in our local pre-season on-field training. Students must finish all components and pass a 100-question test to complete certification.  There are three classroom date options for persons wanting to become USSF Grade 8 referees.

Referees must register with the USSF and pay their registration fees online BEFORE they can start online instruction and sign up for their classroom session.

2014 Classroom sessions for persons planning to certify as USSF Grade 8 for 2014:

Sunday, April 6  8:30AM – 5:00PM
 Saturday, April 12  8:30AM – 5:00PM

Students will receive clinic location information by email after completing pre-clinic requirements.

 ** On-field training dates and options will be sent to referees who are officially registered.

NEW referee candidates need to email their name, address, phone, email address and birth date to:  Once we receive your information, we will email detailed instructions how to access the web site, complete your online registration and clinic sign-up.  Registrations and fees can not be accepted at clinics.

Please register early because clinic space is limited.  When maximum room capacity is reached, registrations must be closed.  Clinic locations and final class details will be sent to new referees by email after online registration and clinic sign-ups are completed.


This training is designed for BRAND NEW REFEREES who have not reffed with the AYSA before and plan start reffing during our Fall & Lower Division in August-October.  New referees need to attend an AYSA Basic Referee course, offered in June and July. (2014 Clinic dates will be added below after April 1st).  Referees are required to register with the AYSA, but not with the State Association. There are no registration fees, and all clinics are free.
Our Fall training program requires referees to complete two distinct parts: 1) 2½, (or 5-hours) of classroom instruction; and 2) a outdoor Onfield training.  This training is for new referees who plan to start refereeing in August during our Lower Division and Fall programs.  Those seasons start on August 1st, and finish in mid-October. 
Instead of one 5 hour classroom instruction, new referees will attend their training in two separate sessions.  The first 2½-hour class know as Part A, will include all the information a referee will need to be certified to referee U8 and U10 games.  The 2nd 2½-hour session, Part B, will cover the topics a referee needs to Center referee and Assistant Referee for U12-U15 Fall games.  So, in order to referee just U8-U10 level games, a referee would only need to attend a Part A class, plus their Onfield Training session.
 Field trainings will be scheduled in late July & early August after referees complete their classroom work.  Onfield Training dates will be announce and arranged, and will be available after you register for your class and complete your classroom training.  There will be several formal field dates scheduled before the Fall season begins, and during the first two weeks of August.
If you wish to begin refereeing in our August Lower Division & Fall Seasons please send an email to Dave DeWitt at so he can add you to our New Referee list.
Please includes the following information in your email: 
  • Your full name  
  • Home address, with Zip code 
  • Primary Email address, plus an alternate email addresses if you'd like
  • Phone number(s) Home & cell if avail
  • Birthdate  (use this format MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Parent(s) names (under 18 only)
(Registration details & Training instructions will emailed to you after you submit your information.)
We are offering Clinics for 2014 Lower Division Referees on these dates:
      Part A Classes - (Dates to be announced after April 1st, 2014)
      Part B Classes - (Dates to be announced after April 1st, 2014)
[ Sunday class times: will run in the evening, after 5:00pm; Weekday class times: will run mornings & early afternoons between 10:00am and 3:00 pm ]
A new referee will need to attend at least one of the above classroom sessions and one On-field training session.  You will receive an email that include instructions on how you select and register for a class. Once you've selected your clinic date, I will email full classroom details and instrucions on how to complete sign-up and training. It will also contain directions and links showing how and where to access our web site and how to submit your referee availability for the season.

Were you a first year referee last year?  If you attended a grade 8 referee clinic in the spring of 2013, you can find more information on how to recertify and continue to referee in 2014 if you click here.

If you attended a clinic in June or July of 2013 and refereed for the first time in Aug- Sept, 2013, check our "Training for New Referees" page on this site.

If you were certified as Grade 8, 7, or 6 last year, the information you need to recertify as a referee is now available.  For more information, please click here

If you are looking for a flexible evening and weekend summer work, consider refereeing. 
You must be at least 13 years old to referee in our Upper Division season, and at least 11 years old to referee in our Lower Division season.
Many games are weekday evenings.  We will try to schedule you for 2 games each evening that you work.



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