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HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED BECOMING A SOCCER REFEREE? - NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!
Soccer is a rapidly growing sport in the US, but we have a problem…we do not have enough good referees. Without referees – there is no soccer! At Rio Rapids Northern Soccer Club we recognize this so want to develop and support a flourishing referee program. The RRNSC Referee Development Program kicks off with a Referee Certification Program run by the NM Soccer Referee Association. We are reaching out to players over the age of 13, parents and coaches to join this program. But simply passing your certification does not make you a referee. Just like passing a driving test does not mean that you can drive a car! This Referee Development Program will give you the opportunity to referee games and get feedback; watch semi-pro games and observe good referees in action, give you the experience of refereeing both youth and adult games here in Santa Fe. This will help build your confidence and experience – and allow you to support the continued growth of soccer.
BENEFITS OF THE REFEREE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Players become better soccer players – because that see the bigger picture of what is happening on the field.
Coaches understand the decisions and how to coach their teams more effectively.
Parents get less frustrated during the game with decisions being made because you understand the decisions making the process of the referee.
Young players, or other family members, earn good ‘pocket money’ by getting paid for refereeing games.
All of us enjoy the support because we have enough, good quality referees to continue the game at the club, high school, and adult levels.
Based upon a pilot program we ran this year we have developed a structured development program to guide all participants through a rigorous and highly participative program to be the best referee’s that they can be – and that our players deserve. Here are the key components of the program:
The NM Soccer Referee Association will hold a Certification session. This is the starting point – without being certified you cannot participate in this program.
Referee Practical. We will set up for participants to referee and be assistant referee’s (AR’s) of a Northern Select Team scrimmage. This will include observation and feedback from experienced referees. This step is essential to build confidence and game management in a non-competitive environment where we can stop the game to discuss situations.
Referee Games. Participants will then be assigned to referee youth games (U9/10 – U15) at The Santa Fe Downs on Saturday mornings. These games will be observed and feedback provided by senior referees. Participants will be expected to referee games for at least 4 weeks to graduate from the program and be eligible to officiate as referee or AR’s on SF Adult League games in the summer.
WHAT DOES THIS PROGRAM COST?
That is the best part. You don’t pay us…WE PAY YOU! Provided you complete the full program, and we feel that you have the ability to be a good soccer referee, we will pay you to referee both youth and adult games. For the youth games, we pay $25 a game. Once you graduate to the Adult League this goes up to $45 to center referee and $35 for an AR. What could be better than earning money, staying fit (you’ll run between 2 and 3 miles in the game), and being involved in the game that you love?
To register for the Certification Program on there is a fee. But this goes to the NM Soccer Referee Association and US Soccer to cover their costs of certification.
WHO CAN REGISTER FOR THIS PROGRAM?
If you are over 14 and interested in learning to become a soccer referee – then this program is for you. The program is open to both females and males (two of our assessors and instructors are female!) who are interested in becoming a soccer referee. This could be a coach who wants to understand the laws of the game better or a parent who wants to make sure that their kid has a good referee or a young player who wants to earn some cash.
Whom WILL THE INSTRUCTORS/OBSERVERS BE?
We have put together a team of four experienced referees who will run the certification and feedback sessions:
Marco Ortiz is the administrator. He has refereed for several years and is a Certified Referee Mentor.
Harvey Monroe. Will be known to many of you and has devoted a lot of his time to soccer and building his experience as a referee. He referees adult, youth and high school games and has refereed the State High School finals for the last 4 years.
We may bring in other experienced referees to support the observed games and to give feedback as required.
HOW DO I GET ON THE PROGRAM?
Firstly, email Marco Ortiz to register your intent to be involved in the Rio Rapids Northern Referee Development Program.