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VYS Referee Mentoring Program

VYS Referee Mentoring Program

Every season we seem to lose about a third of our referees for a variety of reasons.

Are you asking, “Why?” 

Well, we are now asking, “WHY NOT develop a program which will encourage a high return with minimum turnover?”  

WHY NOT build a strong referee program by offering positive support to new and less experienced referees? 

WHY NOT provide opportunities to build strong character and leadership?  And, why not do this right here in our community?

For the Referee Mentoring Program to work, we need experienced referees. We need referees with strong character and leadership to dedicate approximately four weeks of 3-4 hours each week to become Referee Mentors.

WE NEED YOU to help our youth by building a stronger soccer program in VYS.

Will you please help make a difference in our community?

What does a Referee Mentor do?

A Referee Mentor:

  1. Will guide, coach, and train new referees for the first four weeks in the season.
  2. Attends assigned game field for approximately 3-4 hours per week on Saturday.
  3. Observes referees while they referee and offer suggestions, comments and instructions in a positive manner.
  4. Is a resource person for new refs to ask questions and seek guidance.
  5. Works with the VYS Referee Mentor Coordinator, to build a solid referee program through input and evaluations.

What are the benefits of being a Referee Mentor?

  1. By sharing your wisdom, you can contribute to building an overall stronger soccer program and support a critical area of need.
  2. Through your positive leadership, you can make a difference for the youth of our community.
  3. Your commitment will be rewarded through priority choice game assignments.
  4. VYS offers monetary incentive.

New Referee Mentor Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements that should be met by any referee wishing to become a VYS referee mentor. The Director of Referees may waive one or more of these requirements at their discretion and the final decision about inclusion of a candidate in the program rests with the Director of Referees.

  1. A new mentor candidate shall be at least 18 years of age, have a current certification, have at least 4 years of experience as an active referee of at least a grade 8 level, with at least 3 years centering in a 3 man system, at least 2 of which are at a higher level than VYS House/ODSL (NCSL, High School, State Cup, etc.).
  2. A new mentor candidate will meet with the Director of Referees and the Referee Mentor Coordinator so that they may assess the candidate's suitability for the role.
  3. A new mentor candidate will be required to attend a referee mentoring session at the start of the season so that they understand what is expected of the referees and mentors.
  4. If the new mentor candidate is actively refereeing, the Director of Referees and/or the Referee Mentor Coordinator will observe the referee a minimum of 3 times as a center in a 3 man system prior to authorizing their participation as an active mentor.

Please contact the Referee Mentor Coordinator for more information and to sign up now.

Referee Mentor Responsibilities

The Referee Mentor program was designed in order to provide guidance and positive reinforcement, and to serve as a resource for our new referees. There is responsibility with being a referee mentor. The following are some of the responsibilities of a referee mentor but are not all inclusive:

  1. Prior to season start:
    • Provide availability dates and times, and sign up for games requiring a mentor. The Referee Mentor is responsible for games the mentor has been scheduled to attend
    • Provide knowledge, advice, and recommendations on how to strengthen the Referee Mentor Program
    • The mentor is to advise the Referee Mentor Coordinator as soon as possible of any unexpected conflicts which will not allow the Referee Mentor to attend scheduled game.
  2. The Referee Mentor is to be at scheduled field at least 20 minutes prior to kick-off to meet the new referee.
    • At the field the Mentor is to introduce himself/herself to the new referee and to the coaches of the teams playing the game.
    • The Mentor is to advise the coaches the Mentor will be acting as Field Liaison for the VP of Referees.
  3. Prior to kick-off the Mentor is to provide guidance and advice to the new referee. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Dress and Appearance meets FIFA Laws
    • Arrival in a timely manner
    • Proper inspection of playing field and conducting an effective pre-game with referee team (if applicable), and with the teams playing the match.
    • Starts match on time
  4. During the match:
    • Watches the new referee and notates, in a manner to discuss, the new referees; Courage, Character, Mechanics/Signals, Accuracy of Decisions, Attitude, and Game Control
    • At half time (if needed), and end-of-game provides new referee with assessment, guidance and advice in a positive manner.
  5. Post-game:
    • Completes Referee Evaluation Form and submits form to the Referee Mentor Coordinator by Tuesday of the following week
    • If necessary, contacts Referee Mentor Coordinator and VP of Referees to report any concerns. This can include concerns regarding new referee or issues due to being the VP of Referees field liaison.
  6. End-of-Season:
    • Submits names of new referees for consideration for any Referee Award the new referee may qualify for.
    • Attends end-of-season VYS Referee Meeting/Party.

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Mission Statement

To provide the opportunity for children of all abilities living in and near Vienna to be involved in a high-quality soccer experience.