By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
February 1, 2013-The Long Island Soccer Referees Association (LISRA) provides officials for nearly 1,000 Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) games every weekend during the spring and fall as well as during summer outdoor and winter indoor tournaments. With so many youth soccer games to cover, LISRA is always in need of good officials so it is holding a course in February to certify entry-level (Grade 8) referees.
Prospective referees must attend all classes:
Tuesday, February 12
Wednesday, February 13
Tuesday, February 19
Thursday, February 21
Monday, February 25
Wednesday, February 27
All classes will be held at the Plainedge High School, 241 Wyngate Drive, North Massapequa, NY 11758 and run from 6:30 to 9:30 pm each night. Class check-in begins 15 minutes before the first class. The fee is $115 if you are 16-17 years old and $123 if you are turning 18 in 2013. The minimum age to become a certified Grade 8 referee is 16. The class is limited to the first 50 people who have registered plus paid and will close one week before the start of the first class.
To register online, go to http://www.lisoccerrefs.org/
If you send a check, it must arrive seven days after you register or no later than February 15. The check is to be mailed to LISRA Referee Class, 701-9 Koehler Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.
All candidates will need to pass a US Soccer rules test the last night of the class before becoming certified to referee soccer games. Any questions, please contact LISRA at support@LISoccerRefs.org or 631-648-8877.
With 123,843 youth soccer players––68,587 boys and 55,256 girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 12 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.