In 2014 there will once again be 6 State Tournament Finals Weekends all at Starfire in Tukwila. We will host a combination of referee trainings for each of the 6 weekends. The focus of each weekend is below.
December 14 and 15 – Recreational Cup Semis and Finals – hotels unfortunately aren’t available so looking for referees within driving distance of Starfire. Target Referee: introduce this high level state championship experience to deserving, capable and qualified referees who are new to the state cup academy format. We will be seeking input from area referee assignors to find deserving referees.
February 8 and 9 – Founders Cup and Challenge Cup – this will be our largest academy in terms of number of games and referees. Building off of 2012 and 2013 where we had over 90 referees each of the past 2 years we will again look to make this inclusive training and exposure to high level instruction, mentoring, video taping of games and referee teamwork. Hotel rooms will be provided for referees from out of area. There will be a Friday evening training from 6pm to 9pm and again Saturday evening dinner and training from 7pm to 9pm. Target Referee: those who have performed well during the busy fall season and have received positive feedback from local clubs, coaches and referee assignors.
February 22 and 23 – Boys U15-U19 Challenge and Championship Cup – this will be for our Elite Referee Development Referees and those aspiring State Referees. Target Referee: our top performing referees. Refereeing at this event is by invitation only. There will be training on Friday and Saturday evening.
March 1 and 2 – The RTS (formerly called the Pro Clinic) will be held March 1st and 2nd and referees must attend and pass the USSF physical fitness beep test to officiate the W-League, PDL and Development Academy games. Registration is through US Soccer and Jim Kritzberg SRA and Roberto Alvarez LAC are responsible for the event.
April 27 and 28 – Boys and Girls U10 & U11 Challenge Cup Finals – with just a few games we will team referees together and there won’t be an official academy built around this weekend just mentoring and teamwork.
May 3 and 4 – Boys and Girls U12-U14 Challenge and Championship Cup – all 2014 Young Referee of the Year award nominees from around Washington are invited to officiate at this academy. Special training and events will be built around celebrating these fine Young Referee of the Year nominees.
May 10 and 11 – Girls U15-U19 Challenge and Championship Cup – with the goal of being officiated by our state’s finest female referees we will once again work to invite top female referees from around our state to this showcase weekend.
July 25- 27, 2014 Referee Development Academy – Ellensburg, WA
Take a look at this Harvard Business Review Blog Post. All of us as referees regardless of our years of service, USSF grade, age or experience have a role to play as a leader. We have to teach and foster leadership from all of our referees. This is a good how-to manual for that.
Washington Youth Soccer is proud that one of our best referees, Chuck Spaniola will be representing Washington as a referee at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park Kansas. Chuck was selected as one of the top referees at the Region IV Far West Regional Championships in Honolulu. Chuck organizes our Monday night referee fitness runs and is an engineer at Boeing. Congratulations to Chuck!!!
Zoe Birkbeck and Ryan Fairhurst are our 2013 WA Youth Soccer Young Referees of the Year! Both are off to college next year and we wish them all the best as they continue on as referees.
Major CONGRATULATIONS to our 31 Young Referee of the Year Nominees. All nominees and one guest are invited to the Washington Youth Soccer awards luncheon on May 18th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tukwila. All nominees and guests must please RSVP to attend. Additional seats may be purchased for $30. To RSVP please fill out the 2013 WA Youth Soccer Awards Luncheon Registration form and if you have any questions please contact Kristen Philips at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 4 and 5 – Boys and Girls U12-U14 Challenge and Championship Cup – all 2013 Young Referee of the Year award nominees from around Washington are invited to officiate at this academy. Special training and events will be built around celebrating these fine Young Referee of the Year nominees. Special thanks to Dee White, Katie Fadden and Ian Johnson for managing this weekend.
Over the summer of 2013 we will also pick a few youth tournaments to use as training weekends for this group of young referees.
We need to improve the quality of the feedback we give our referees. We need more, better assessors and mentors. We need you to join us as we create a new fleet of people who can develop our referees. Since the RDA in Ellensburg we have seen tremendous energy from referees to upgrade and advance but we need more bodies to support/train/develop/assess our eager referees.
Curriculum development specialist Brad Board facilitated a weekend clinic that involved high-level leadership development. Our National Assessors led the soccer instruction; Sandy Hunt, Mohammad Zarrbi-Kashani and Cory Dean. Jim Madrid is the leadership development guru employed by the Sounders to develop their athletes and he was an instrumental piece of the weekend’s success.
We are also combining with WAISOA and WIAA to create a cohesive referee develop program.
Elements of our new referee development philosphoy includes instructing assessors and mentors to focus on:
The Next Match – 100% focus on tomorrow
Providers of Answers
Must fix and give solutions
Performance, Performance, Performance and Success, Success, Success
Teach to not repeat problems. Solve what was a problem in this game then move onto solving the problems in the next game. No dwelling on the past.
We have assembled a working group of long-tenured referee instructors to create a clearly defined “second step” for all new referees once they complete their grade 8 entry level clinic.
Retention – It is the goal of this working group to create a system/program/plan that will increase our retention rate for new, first year referees. Once the system is designed it will be supported by the State Referee Committee and implemented statewide.
- Engage assignors in this effort as assignors have the most contact with individual referees.
- Better connect brand new referees to assignors. Create an accurate list of all assignors in WA and the games assigned by each assignor.
- Use youth “jamboree” events to train/mentor new referees. Encourage each youth club/association to host such an event each year.
The 7 members of this work group are: Bob Fadden, Juris Jansons, Wain Jackson, Jim Kritzberg, Cindy Moore, Will Niccolls, Steve Thorson