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Referee Announcements

The details for the HWYSA Referee Training Program for Spring 2020 are in development and should be released by 3/15/2020. Coaches please check your emails to distribute more information to your parents. Parents/players feel free to contact me via email at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

If you are interested in refereeing directly with ECYSA please visit to register for the few remaining referee certification courses. If you are having issues please feel free to email me as well.

HWYSA Spring 2020 Referee Training Course Updates

Spring 2020 HWYSA Referee Training Program
We are excited to provide another opportunity for our players to have the chance to receive referee training in preparation for Essex County Certification or HWYSA Intramural refereeing. The HWYSA Training Program will give referees the opportunities to test out their interest and referee knowledge on intramural games after completion of the program. We then encourage eligible referees (14 years or older at start of Fall 2020 season) to become Essex County certified so they can referee games through ECYSA. (It's confusing, if you need more details please reach out.)

This year, we will be splitting the training schedule into 2 half day sessions. Below is the tentative schedule, depending on interest and size of the group we can adjust times and dates. Our goal is to get as many young players interesting in working as referees, so we can be very flexible!

If you are interested in this opportunity please let me know by March 31st! Specify any questions or concerns you may have as well.

Session 1: Laws of the Game, Role of the Referee, Fouls/Misconduct, Practice Scenarios
Location: Pingree Fields, HWYSA Library if rained out
  • Led by Ana Wacker, HWYSA Director of Referee Development
  • Pre-work videos required
  • Hands on learning session

Session 2: Game Management, Player Safety, Review scenarios, Refereeing kids under 10
Location: HWYSA Library

  • Co-led by Ana Wacker and intramurals representative
  • Review of all material
  • Coaching from experienced intramurals coach on how working with kids under 10
After the players have completed the two sessions above, they will be eligible to start refereeing intramural games on April 25th. Pay is $15/game.

Intramural Game Referee Options
Intramurals will begin their first round of Saturday games Saturday, April 11th. After some reflection on last season, I have decided it would be best for us to wait to join in officiating intramural games until the 3rd game of the season. Therefore, referees who were trained in the Fall 2019 HWYSA Referee Training Program or are Essex County certified will be eligible to begin refereeing games April 25th.

Intramural game times are TBD

If you are interested in this opportunity please let me know by March 31st! Please send current availability for Saturdays startingApril 25th and ending June 6th.

Spring 2020 HWYSA Referee Training Associate Program
I'm looking for one or two HWYSA Fall 2019 Referee Training Program graduates or current Essex County Referees to assist me in the this season's referee training program. This would involve, attending the sessions described in the program below, arriving early to referee training sessions to plan our the flow of the session and attending referee games to observe and provide coaching to participants. Pay will be $15/hour, limited to 2 people per session or Saturday game time block.

If you are interested in this opportunity please let me know by March 31st! This will be on a first contact first serve priority, while balance equal opportunity to all interested referees.

Ana Wacker
Director of Referee Development

Links for Coaches

IFAB Laws of the game (referees follow these laws in conjunction with the rules of competition)

IFAB considerations (questions referees ask themselves when enforcing the laws of the game, there are over 200 :)

Referee FAQs

Has it been a year since you were certified?
In order to be eligible to referee for the Spring 2020 season you must recertify as a referee. Please visit to register for one of the few remaining courses available.

Interested in becoming a referee?

If you're 14 or older, you're eligible to referee games through ECYSA. Look up a referee certification course to complete before the start of the Spring 2020 season. This link takes you to the currently available courses.

Would you like to take the HWYSA referee certification course?
Glad you would like to be part of our third group of HWYSA referees. Please send me an email with you interest to [email protected], remember to check your emails as the start of the Spring 2020 season approaches. Also, be sure to frequently visit this page for any updates.

Have you completed the HWYSA certification course already?
Great! I'd love for you to continue to get experience refereeing intramural games. Please reach out to me to continue to be considered for the schedule for the upcoming Spring 2020 season.

Curious about becoming a referee, but not ready to jump right in?
Becoming a referee, especially at a young age, can be very intimidating. Sometimes it helps to test things out before fully committing. If you're curious about becoming a referee please email Ana Wacker at [email protected] We can schedule a game shadow of one of our HWYSA referees.


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