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Referee Program

General Application of Referees & Game Play
OCTOBER 2012

  • The assignment of licensed referees to games are subject to their availability, conflicts, experience, age, license grade and other factors, and are assigned by the MTsc Referee Assignor.
  • MTsc assigned licensed referees are utilized to referee U6 recreational through U19 competitive games, limited by the availability of licensed referees.
  • 08 grade referees and higher will be used on competitive matches unless the head coaches of both teams consent and waive their rights to contest the game results beforehand.
  • MTsc licensed referees are paid based on the Licensed Referee Pay Schedule in effect at the time.
  • In the event of a missing line referee, an adult volunteer may act as referee to determine out-of-bound calls ONLY for a designated touch-line on any U11-U19 game as determined at the discretion of the licensed center referee. In a competitive match, both head coaches must consent and waive their rights to contest the game results relative to this approach beforehand.
  • In the event of a non-refereed U6-U8 game due to the lack of assignment of a licensed referee by MTsc, the coaches of both teams are to act as pseudo referees for their defending half of the game field.

 

Referee Assignment & Check-In Practices
Rev. II (December ’04)

Referee Assignments. The following are important aspects of referee assignments that must be noted and are per OSA, GCSA and MTsc standing rules and general practices:

CONSIDERATIONS RELATIVE TO ASSIGNMENTS
Referee assignments by the Referee Assignor or official designee are based on availability, known conflicts of interest, Club evaluations, experience, age, quality of refereeing and license grade.

LIMITATIONS RELATIVE TO ASSIGNMENT ELIGIBILITY

09 referees are limited to refereeing:

  • Up to U14 recreational only games,
  • Generally up to two (2) years less than the age of the referee, and
    On games where there exists no conflict of interest.

08 referees can referee:

  • Any recreational or competitive game,
  • Generally up to two (2) years less than the age of the referee, and
  • On games where there exists no conflict of interest.

COMMUNICATION OF AVAILABILITY FOR ASSIGNMENTS
It is the responsibility of the referee to contact the Referee Assignor weekly to communicate their availability for accepting assignments for the following week’s games and for what general conflicts of interest relative to refereeing may exist. It is NOT the responsibility of the Referee Assignor to call every week. Referees can let the referee assignor know their availability by sending an email to refassignor@metrotulsasoccer.com.

REFEREE CHECK-IN REQUIREMENT

  • Referees must sign-in at the referee shack with the Referee Assignor or official designated person thirty (30) minutes prior to their 1 st scheduled assignment in order to let the Referee Assignor know they are present and to avoid their scheduled game being reassigned to another available referee. If a referee misses their first game, they need to report in ASAP to the Referee Assignor and is at risk of their remaining scheduled games being reassigned.
  • Referees are responsible for checking the assignment schedule in the Referee Shack to verify and confirm ALL of their scheduled and accepted game times and corresponding field locations.
  • ALL referees must sign-in (printing and signing their names) and note the time they signed in on the Sign-In chart located in the referee shack.

REFEREE CHECK LIST
Referees must have their valid OSA/USSF issued patch, official referee full uniform on and their referee equipment available including:

  • Red and yellow cards,
  • Flags, and
  • A time watch to be eligible to referee

ASSIGNMENT SWAPPING
Referees are not allowed to arrange to switch accepted scheduled assignments with another referee. All referee scheduling must be done through the Referee Assignor or official designee.

Scheduled Assignments
Referees are expected to be willing to accept assignments for either league and for any age (i.e. competitive vs. recreational and U7-U19). It will be the general practice to have ALL referees occasionally cover a U7-U10 recreational game.

Assignment Schedule
NO referee is allowed to write on the assignment schedules posted in the referee shack. Only the Referee Assignor or official designee may.

 

Licensed Referee Pay Schedule
FEBRUARY 2013
(Effective Beginning Spring 2013 Season – to be adjusted by Board from time to time)

Age Recreational Games Competitive Games
U6 Center $10.00 N/A
U7 Center and TOPS $10.00 $16 (4x4 Juniors)
U8 Center and TOPS $10.00

$26 (8x8 Juniors)

or

$16 (4x4 Juniors)

U9 Center $15.00 $26 (Juniors)
U10 Center $15.00 $26 (Juniors)
U11-12 Center $20.00 $28.00
U11-12 AR $10.00 $16.00
U13-14 Center $25.00 $30.00
U13-14 AR $15.00 $20.00
U15-16 Center $30.00 $35.00
U15-16 AR $20.00 $25.00
U17-19 Center $35.00 $45.00
U17-19 AR $25.00 $30.00

Center – Center Referee, AR - Assistant Referee (Lines)

Weekday Single Competitive U12-U14 Game Licensed Referee Pay Adjustment
Any weekday where there is a single competitive game (applicable to U12-U14 only) scheduled to be played, the applicable licensed referee pay per the table above will be increased by, plus $5.00 for the Center and plus $2.00 for the AR.

Payments to Referees
Licensed referees are paid for each game they referee that is SCHEDULED by the MTsc Referee Assignor as follows:

For MTSC Recreational and Competitive Game Pay
Licensed referees who provide referee services for MTsc recreational games and MTsc competitive games at the SoccerPlex shall be paid cash at the then current MTsc Referee Rates. Because only the amount of cash consistent with referee services provided will be kept on hand on game days, MTsc reserves the right to pay MTsc referees and visiting referees, fees by check at a later date.

Cash Payment Process for RECREATIONAL Games
Referees must provide their completed Referee Pay Cards to the Referee Assignor or designee on game day, or to the MTsc Office Manager during weekday MTsc Office hours following the game day, in order to be paid. MTsc will prepare based on the receipt of those Referee Pay Cards fully filled out a sealed envelope for each individual referee with their cash payment ready to be picked up by the referee.

Cash Payment Process for COMPETITIVE Games
Referees will be paid directly by the competitive “Home” team for both KS Arsenal and TSC and should require such payment prior to the start of the match. If the “Home” team does not pay, the referees have no obligation to officiate the match. If the referees officiate the match prior to receiving payment and then the “Home” team refuses to pay, the risk will be borne by the referees. All payment obligations for the competitive match is solely the “Home” competitive team’s and not MTsc’s. Completed Referee Pay Cards should still be provided to the Referee Assignor or designee on game day, or dropped off in the 24 hr drop box at the MTsc office following the game day.

Prerequisite for Payment of Recreational Referee Services
Referees will only be paid by MTsc provided they submit their Referee Pay Cards fully filled out. This pay card will act as both a tool for feedback to MTsc on coaches’ performance as well as an invoice for services rendered to be maintained and used by MTsc. Referees MUST hold their Pay Cards until receipt of payment. If the referee fails to get paid on game day, payment will be available through the MTsc office during weekday office hours following the weekend game day. ALL outstanding game day pay must be picked up no later than the completion of the final season Referee Roundtable (held on the Saturday of the regularly scheduled last recreational game day, subject to change – see www.jenkssoccer.com (soon to be www.metrotulsasoccer.com) calendar). Any game pay not picked up by this date shall be forfeited.

REFEREE COST REIMBURSEMENT & MERIT BONUS PAYMENT
Payment for cost reimbursement and Merit Bonuses for those referees eligible pursuant to the Continual Education Program will be done at the end of the Referee Roundtable scheduled at 4pm on the last Saturday game day of the recreational soccer season. Any cost reimbursement payments or awarded Merit Bonuses not picked up through (1) preferably attending the final season Referee Roundtable or (2) within MTsc office hours during the following week, shall be forfeited.

PREREQUISTENT FOR ON-CALL REFEREE PAY
MTsc from time to time may elect to implement on any recreational Saturday game day an On-Call Referee designee. Such On-Call Referee shall be eligible for payment at a rate of $5.00/hr for each and every hour they are not refereeing a game (of which game pay takes precedent) provided the following conditions are met by the On-Call Referee:

  1. They are an 08 license grade or higher (i.e. 07 through 03)
  2. They remain on-site at the fields available to referee for the entire scheduled period (typical starting at 15 minutes prior to the first scheduled game, typically @ 7:45am until the start of the last scheduled game)
  3. They accept any game requiring a referee due to whatever circumstances existed that led to an unfilled assignment.

If any of the conditions above are not met, the on-call pay will be forfeited by the On-Call Referee.

 

THE REFEREE CONTINUAL EDUCATION - LICENSING & MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
JUNE 2012

Purpose of the MTsc Referee Continual Education Program
The Referee Continual Education Program is divided into four components and consists of several goals. The goals of the Program include:

  • Continuous education, evaluation, feedback, and development of the referees to improve refereeing quality for MTsc
  • Increase player development through quality referee direction
  • Enhance coach education through quality referee direction
  • Grow and maintain a sizeable MTsc licensed referee pool
  • Provision of referees for all games including U7 recreational through U19 competitive
  • Build a more educated spectator base relative to the rules of the game
  • Further ensure a positive and fun learning environment at MTsc through the application of consistent rules

Because of the importance of these goals, the MTsc Board kicked this program off in May ’03 and continues to dedicate a significant focus on and investment in the improvement of referee education, thereby increasing the quality of the games, player development, coach education, and the sustenance of developing and maintaining a sizeable high quality referee pool. This focus will translate in to benefits to everyone attending game days at the SoccerPlex. This is another example that MTsc isWhere Kids Come First”.

MTsc REFEREE CONTINUAL EDUCATION - CERTIFICATION & LICENSING PROGRAM MAKE-UP

The MTsc Referee Continual Education Program currently consists of four major components. Please see the Calendar of Events at www.MetroTulsaSoccer.com for schedule information.

Spring & Fall MTsc Hosted OSA Licensing Clinics. Spring & Fall MTsc Hosted Licensing Clinics for both 09 and 08 official licensing will be scheduled prior to and/or during each soccer season. As a USSF licensed referee and registering with the state, you will be eligible to be paid for providing referee services provided you remain in good standing with USSF and meet OSA and MTsc requirements. There is a cost for these licensing clinics, state registration and referee uniform and equipment. OSA and 3 rd parties set such costs. All such clinics and classes are taught by OSA assigned and approved instructors. The fees associated with each grade (effective November 2003 and subject to change by OSA and 3 rd parties) are as follows:

  • OSA 09 Licensing Clinic - $50.00 (a 9-hour course allowing referees with a passing score eligible to referee recreational games only and includes ages U7 through U14 games)
  • OSA 08 Licensing Clinic - $50.00 (a 12-hour course allowing referees with a passing score eligible to referee both recreational and competitive games through all age levels); Note: An 09 license is a pre-requisite for becoming an 08 licensed referee
  • OSA Licensing Registration – Cost of current year registration is $25.00 (for 09 badge) and $30.00 (for 08 or higher badge)
  • 09 and 08 Recertification Class – Beginning Fall ’03 the recertification class fees are included in the licensing fee (Recertification classes are mandatory each year to maintain current badge levels and are not the same as the licensing clinics).
  • Uniform and Kit – from $38.00 to approximately $75.00, depending upon personal preferences (supplied by 3 rd parties)

The following incentives are provided to new and existing referees depending upon the basis:

If you are new to MTsc or a newly licensed 09 referee , this basis applies to you.

The following incentives are designed to provide assistance with the cost of becoming a referee through a reimbursement program. These incentives are in addition to the Referee Pay Schedule . They are available to any individual who is new to MTsc by either (a) not having provided referee services during the past 12 months for MTsc, or (b) an individual attending a 09 license clinic for the first time. With proof of payment and attendance via passing the required exam at such licensing clinic then:

  1. Upon completion of providing referee services for 10 games over the regular Spring or Fall season, MTsc will reimburse such referee $25.00, to offset the costs listed above associated with becoming a licensed referee providing referee services to the club for the first time. Note: In the game count, U9 and U10 AR slots DO NOT count as a game toward this bonus; these slots do not exists under the Laws of the Game for soccer and are created by MTsc and filled by MTsc strictly for the developmental benefit of a new or young referee to shadow or be shadowed.
  2. Upon completion of providing referee services for an additional 10 games (20 games total) over the regular Spring or Fall season, MTsc will reimburse such referee an additional $25.00. Note: In the game count, U9 and U10 AR slots DO NOT count as a game toward this bonus; these slots do not exists under the Laws of the Game for soccer and are created by MTsc and filled by MTsc strictly for the developmental benefit of a new or young referee to shadow or be shadowed.
  3. Upon completion of providing referee services for an additional 10 games (30 games total) over the regular Spring or Fall season, MTsc will reimburse such referee an additional $25.00. Note: In the game count, U9 and U10 AR slots DO NOT count as a game toward this bonus; these slots do not exists under the Laws of the Game for soccer and are created by MTsc and filled by MTsc strictly for the developmental benefit of a new or young referee to shadow or be shadowed.
  4. MTsc Merit Bonus, available only to referees attending the pre-season Referee Orientation and (1) based on evaluation of their performance by MTsc assignors and evaluators, (2) their availability to referee, and (3) completion of accepted referee assignments, MTsc may recognize certain referees and reward them with either a monetary award, soccer/referee gear or combination of both as announced at the Referee Orientation.

NOTE: To be eligible for both the cost reimbursement and the Merit Bonus worth more than $75.00, the referee MUST attend the Referee Orientation.

NOTE : Payment to referees will be done during the Referee “End-of-Season” Roundtable following the last Saturday game day of the recreational soccer season or such other announced date. Announcements will be made to all referees providing services during the season as to the date of the Roundtable discussion. Any payments not picked up through (1) preferably attending the final season Referee Roundtable or (2) within MTSC office hours during the week following such Roundtable, shall be forfeited. In the event this Roundtable is not held, checks will be mailed to qualifying referees

If you have provided referee services to MTsc for either or both of the previous two seasons , this basis applies to you.

The following incentives are designed to provide assistance with the cost of becoming a referee through a reimbursement program. These incentives are in addition to the Referee Pay Schedule. These incentives are available only to any 08 or 09 referee who have provided services to MTsc during either or both of the previous two seasons and attends the pre-season Referee Orientation. In addition, a commitment form must be submitted to qualify for the following additional pay.

  1. Upon completion of providing referee services for 20 games during the season, MTsc will reimburse such referee $25.00. The game count must include at least one (1) game from each group of Under 7, Under 8, Under 9, and Under 10 age levels. The remaining 16 games can be a combination of any age level. Note: In the game count, U9 and U10 AR slots DO NOT count as a game toward this bonus; these slots do not exists under the Laws of the Game for soccer and are created by MTsc and filled by MTsc strictly for the developmental benefit of a new or young referee to shadow or be shadowed.
  2. Upon completion of providing referee services for 30 games during the season, MTsc will reimburse such referee $50.00. The game count must include at least two (2) games from each group of Under 7, Under 8, Under 9, and Under 10 age levels. The remaining 22 games can be a combination of any age level. Note: In the game count, U9 and U10 AR slots DO NOT count as a game toward this bonus; these slots do not exists under the Laws of the Game for soccer and are created by MTsc and filled by MTsc strictly for the developmental benefit of a new or young referee to shadow or be shadowed.
  3. Upon completion of providing referee services for 40 games during the season, MTsc will reimburse such referee $75.00. The game count must include at least two (2) games from each group of Under 7, Under 8, Under 9, and Under 10 age levels plus two (2) additional games within those groups. The remaining 30 games can be a combination of any age level. Note: In the game count, U9 and U10 AR slots DO NOT count as a game toward this bonus; these slots do not exists under the Laws of the Game for soccer and are created by MTsc and filled by MTsc strictly for the developmental benefit of a new or young referee to shadow or be shadowed.
  4. MTsc Merit Bonus, available only to referees attending the pre-season Referee Orientation and (1) based on evaluation of their performance by MTsc assignors and evaluators, (2) their availability to referee, and (3) completion of accepted referee assignments, MTsc may recognize certain referees and reward them with either a monetary award, soccer/referee gear or combination of both as announced at the Referee Orientation.

NOTE: To be eligible for both the cost reimbursement and the Merit Bonus worth more than $75.00, the referee MUST attend the Referee Orientation.

NOTE: Payment to referees will be done during the Referee “End-of-Season” Roundtable following the last Saturday game day of the recreational soccer season or such other announced date. Announcements will be made to all referees providing services during the season as to the date of the Roundtable discussion. Any payments not picked up through (1) preferably attending the final season Referee Roundtable or (2) within MTSC office hours during the week following such Roundtable, shall be forfeited. In the event this Roundtable is not held, checks will be mailed to qualifying referees.

Referee Orientation. In support of each season, a Referee Orientation will be held prior to the season to review Club procedures, approach to game assignments, check-in reminders, Law changes and club rules, etc. with all MTsc referees. All referees are highly encouraged to attend.

Referee Roundtable Discussions. It is MTsc’s intention to hold Referee Roundtable Discussions to be scheduled as many as two times per season. The purpose of the roundtable discussion is to allow referees to present game day challenges experienced, ask questions and raise concerns to a broader group to allow for best practice sharing, advice and instruction from roundtable participants, MTsc’s Referee Assignor and the MTsc Director of Referee Education in addition to updates and reminders relative to game day practices. Additionally, concerns and issues provided by coaches via email will be reviewed and discussed with Club referees in order to address issues that coaches have faced during game days. These roundtable discussions will be scheduled approximately on the fourth game day and on the last game day (Saturday at 4pm) of each recreational soccer season (subject to availability of MTsc volunteers). Participation at these roundtable discussions is limited to referees, MTsc Board members, MTsc Directors and MTsc Officials.

Mandatory Team Referee Representative Program ( Applicable to ALL U8 & U10 Recreational Teams ). Click to go to Mandatory Team Referee Representative Program Policy. (The MTsc Board has temporarily suspended this program)

   
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