**Indicates a NEW workshop. All courses are 1 hour and 15 minutes unless otherwise noted in the description.
Free Kicks and Restarts (301)
Statistics indicate that 60+% of goals are the direct result of restarts in the attacking third of the field. In this session, referee techniques for managing free kicks and other restarts will be reviewed to better help referees deal with this most important aspect of the game.
Judge and Jury I (302)
You make the call in this workshop that presents difficult scenarios that may occur in older players’ games. Newer and younger division referees will challenge themselves and each other to judiciously apply the finer points of the Laws, decide whether to whistle or not. You’re the judge and jury on your game; be prepared for it by sharpening your courtroom skills in this dynamic workshop.
Judge and Jury II (303)
You make the call in this workshop that presents difficult scenarios that may occur in older players’ games. Experienced referees will challenge themselves and each other to judiciously apply the finer points of the Laws, decide whether to whistle or apply advantage, determine how to handle gamesmanship and misconduct, and more. You’re the judge and jury on your game; be prepared for it by sharpening your courtroom skills in this dynamic workshop.
**Establishing an Effective Referee Mentoring Program (304)
This workshop is designed to provide guidance in how to establish an effective and continuing mentoring program for referees. This workshop will explore ways Regions can combat this is by establishing a mentoring program for new referees and a program for returning referees. The goal of an effective mentoring program is to keep more referees on the field with confidence they are doing a good job.
**How To Be A Referee Mentor (305)
Every year, Regions recruit a new crop of volunteer referees. But every year Regions also lose a significant number of the referees that they recruited and trained the previous year. One of the ways Regions can combat this is by establishing a mentoring program for new referees and returning referees. This workshop provides the tools to provide a quality mentoring program.
The objectives of this workshop are:
- Understand the value of referee mentoring to the AYSO National Referee Program.
- Understand why and how to mentor new referees.
- Understand the characteristics of a successful mentor who can create a positive communication atmosphere between the mentor and the mentee.
- Understand the special characteristics of youth referees and how the mentor must adjust to their needs.
Understand the mentor’s role when working with referees who are attempting to upgrade their certification (badge level)
**Nurturing and Retaining Youth Referees – Roundtable Discussion (306)
With an emphasis on the development and retention of youth referees, this roundtable will explore techniques for establishing and running a successful youth referee program. In this roundtable you will explore and share ideas of What, Why, Who, Where, How and When of a youth referee program. Participants will interact and share their experiences and ideas.
**Recruiting and Retaining Referees Roundtable (310)
This roundtable will discuss tried and proven techniques for recruiting and retaining referees. Good referees are essential to the success of your soccer programs. Recruiting and retaining volunteers willing to assume the duties and responsibilities of the referee can be challenging. In this roundtable, techniques that have proven successful in recruiting and retaining referees across the country will be discussed. Come and share the techniques that work for you and pick up a few new ideas.
Refereeing with Fewer Than Three (311)
This workshop addresses the all-too-common problem of officiating a game with fewer than three trained referees. The mechanics of the diagonal system of control (DSC) are reviewed with an emphasis on the responsibilities of the three referees. Redistributing those responsibilities are addressed when there are fewer than three trained referees. Compromises and variations are examined to deal with the loss of field coverage. The workshop emphasizes the application of these techniques in younger division matches, but it also addresses referee positioning for older players’ matches when fewer than three referees are available.
Referee Program Review (312)
Revised for 2015
This is a must for all AYSO volunteers in the referee program including referees, instructors, assessors, mentors, schedulers/assignors, administrators. The latest changes in the Laws of the Game, review of program changes, points of emphasis for the new season, and more.
Rules, Regs & Reality (313)
This workshop provides a broader examination of the overall application of the Laws of the Game. Can the Laws be applied differently? Ever see something called or not called at the professional level that you would have called differently in AYSO? Ever hear that the Laws can be bent but not broken? What does, “Apply the Spirit of the Law and not the Letter of the Law” really mean? Attend this session and learn why Laws are not always interpreted exactly as written and what the great Ken Aston meant when he said, “Don’t be an automatic referee.”
Women Referee and Coach Roundtable (314)
Experienced women referees and coaches will answer questions and lead discussions on the challenges and opportunities for women in this male-dominated arena. Come and learn their ‘secrets’ of success. Ask questions, make suggestions and exchange stories. Learn twenty tips that top women referees have used to improve and to feel more comfortable on the field. In this workshop, women will be given the tools they need to take advantage of their assets and to overcome their unique challenges in this male-dominated field. Find out specific things women can do to make their natural differences work for them and why women really do make excellent referees. All are welcome.
For more Experienced Referees
Advantage – When and Where (315)
Designed for the more experienced referee, this workshop reviews the proper use of advantage and how to signal it properly in different situations. What does the referee do and when? How are the referee’s actions affected by the age and skills of the players? This workshop explores these questions through a series of scenarios that will help referees apply advantage properly within the spirit of the game.
I Got Ball, Ref (316)
How many times has this player appeal to the referee been used? What exactly does the Law intend to allow if the player “gets the ball first”? Does FIFA intend the application of the Law to change regarding “getting the ball”? Attend this session and find out.
**Game Reports (317)
This is a workshop to teach participants the components of a game report and how to prepare one. It will include an interactive exercise where every participant will complete a report. The focus is on preparing correct game reports. Administrators have a consistent challenge with reports that are submitted before they are reviewed and correctly completed. 90% of referees around the world don’t like to do paperwork so this workshop a creative, fun way to get participants to practice and learn how to develop good reports.
Preparation: 90% of the Refs Job (318)
Examine what referees can do in advance to better prepare themselves to officiate. The “School of Hard Knocks” is one way to learn your job. Some “knocks” can be avoided with good advance preparation. In this workshop, important aspects of advance preparation are identified including understanding “the game”, the importance of a good pre-game discussion with the assistant referees, and the importance of both physical and physiological preparation.
Making The Offside Call (319)
This workshop presents complex and up-to-date Offside scenarios. The basic elements of the Offside Law is straight forward and simple, but the application of the Offside Law can become complex and controversial. Attend this session and discover why and how the Offside Law has changed over time and explore some complex scenarios, which can present challenges for referees.
Proactive Refereeing (320)
Don’t let your game get away from you and force you to do things you’re not prepared for. Be proactive! “Refereeing is Thinking,” so this workshop focuses on getting more experienced referees to think ahead and be prepared to deal with situations encountered when refereeing older players. Topics include how to read your game and the players’ tactics in order to understand how best to maintain the balance between flow and control; how to overcome the influence of stress and fatigue; and how to deal with persistent infringement. Maximize your performance and enhance the enjoyment of the game for all who watch and participate – including you.
Problems Outside the Touchline (321)
Explore the effectiveness of coaches and referees working together to improve the “AYSO Experience” by minimizing issues outside the touchline. Review the proactive tools, which coaches can use prior to the game, and gain insight into the tools the referees have at their disposal during the game. Participate in an interactive discussion with a collaborative approach that leaves no blame and excites the participants into action.
Referee Instructor Roundtable (322)
This roundtable will discuss tried and proven techniques for improving referee instructors including recruiting and retaining referee instructors. Good referee instructors are essential to the success of your soccer programs. Successful techniques that have proven effective in ensuring high quality referee across the country will be discussed. Come and share the techniques that work for you and pick up a few new ideas.
**Regional Referee Course Rewrite Information (323)
This course has been rewritten to integrate new concepts, add video clips, and provide more interactive content. This workshop will share the Why, What, How, and When about the updated course. We’ll share the new content and demonstrate some of the interactive tools that come with the course. Target audience: all volunteers as we need everyone to help share the new course with new volunteers.
**Advanced Referee Administrator Training (324)
This highly energized course is presented to assist referee administrators in their assignments by providing enhanced management skills in the areas of mentoring, communication, and dealing with issues that face a referee administrator. Materials included from this course have been presented in management workshops nationally and have been graciously provided for AYSO use in referee management training. All referee administrators are encouraged to complete this course.