By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
April 22, 2014-Soon to announce a new logo and branding identity, the Long Island Soccer Referees Association (LISRA) has been providing officials for Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) games for over four decades.
A particularly successful initiative between these groups has been LISRA’s Assistant Referee (AR) Program. LIJSL and ENYYSA games from Under-13 to Under-19 now have a referee and two assistant referees assigned. Nearly all the assistant referees are teenagers and the best ones, as rated by the referees, are encouraged to become referees. With some assistant referees doing exactly that, it is time to replenish the AR ranks so LISRA is holding the US Soccer Federation’s Entry Level Course, also known as the AR Course, in May.
The minimum age for the course is 12 years old. But assistant referees need to be a minimum of 13 years old to officiate LIJSL games.
Candidates must attend all four classes from 7 to 9:30pm:
Monday, May 12
Wednesday, May 14
Monday, May 19
Wednesday, May 21
Classes will be held at Hauppauge Middle School, 600 Townline Rd., Rooms B16, B18, B19 in Hauppauge and the cost is $140.
Class check-In begins 30 minutes before the class starts. A mandatory parent’s meeting starts at the same time as the first class and lasts approximately one hour.
Minimum per class size is 15. If the minimum is not met, the class will be canceled and money returned. Once the class is full, the class will be closed, so those interested should immediately to reserve their seat! Reserve your seat in advance for this class as no walk-ins will be accepted.
As part of the “Entry Level Referee Course (Grade 9) Requirements, candidates will need to complete all 17 of the online Grade 9 Referee Course Modules prior to the first class. Candidates must enter the State Association NEW YORK - EAST and Clinic Number 1P in order to get credit for the module. Print a copy of the certificate that appears at the end of each module as a record and bring to the first night of the course.
Each module is approximately 4-6 minutes long. To complete all 17 modules (Laws of the Game) will require about 90 minutes, the length of a professional soccer game. Candidates can do a little at a time and return later.
The link for the Modules is http://www.ussoccer.com/referees/resource-center/online-training/online-training.aspx
LISRA must receive your payment in order to reserve a seat and get a uniform by the close date of the course or your registration may be canceled. You may pay by check or PayPal. PayPal appears only at the end of the registration process so please have your credit card ready before you start.
Register here: http://www.lisoccerrefs.org/form_edu_registration.php?classId=55
Any questions, please contact the support group at Recruitment@LISoccerRefs.org
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 11 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.