Has it been awhile since the last time you put on a referee jersey and shorts? Does the sound of your whistle seem like a distant memory? For many of us it has been a long winter and even though we have cold weather remaining, the sound of a whistle signaling the start of a match is just around the corner!
Yes, the 2016 soccer season starts in the next few weeks and I’m excited for Tennessee State Soccer Association and The Soccer Officials of Tennessee. Also, there is plenty of new stuff to inform you about that pertains to 2017 recertification that you will be able to start preparing for this spring/fall of 2016.
Also, the SOTN University has a tremendous schedule of events slated for 2016. Information of events/dates can be found on the menu tab of the SOTN website.
There are a few items that will be points of emphasis for 2016 especially as we prepare for recert 2017. One prominent item that will be addressed is pertaining to the referee assignor and following USSF/SOTN guidelines and procedures. To secure the integrity of USSF’s upgrade program as well as growing our State 6/grade 7(A) numbers so as to serve the long term interests of our amateur and D-I leagues, our assignors, assessors and DRA’s will be assisting referees who desire to become State 6 and grade 7(A). SOTN directives /guidelines can be accessed by opening the following links;
Lastly, TSSA is in the process of finalizing its concussion policy/procedure for referees. TSSA’s Executive Director will release a formal document for SOTN game officials to follow. It will be compliant with Tennessee state law and I will be getting this out to all as soon as it is released.
Special cases are officials who will not recertify by taking a run-of-the-mill recert clinic. Special cases typically include officials who satisfy any of the following:
Please go to the following URL for more information and/or to register for 2016(that is, to pay your registration fee(s), to complete your 'paperwork,' and to take the appropriate refresher exam).
Note: If you are a referee who will be upgrading (instead of recertifying) for 2016, do not follow the special-cases instructions for your referee registration. Instead, follow the instructions you have or will have received from Brady regarding how to register as a referee for 2016. On the other hand, if you are planning a mid-year upgrade sometime in 2016, follow the special-cases instructions given at the above URL.
Who Can take the State 6 FIFA Sprint and Interval test (Test will be offered at the advanced clinic's).
Grade 7 (including grade 8's in the upgrade program) & Emeritus referees' who wish to receive priority assignments in adult matches may take the grade 7, S&I test locally. Contact your DRA for more information. Space permitting, those in this catigory may take the grade 6 fitness at any of the advanced clinics.