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Referee Announcements

We are excited to offer another option for players to go through our referee training programs. Using lessons learned from this spring we will be hosting our second HWYSA Referee Training Program this Fall. The schedule will coincide with our fall league schedule. Please contact Ana Sofia Wacker, at [email protected] for more details. Times will be set to accommodate for participants as best as possible.

We are winding down out time working intramurals games, if you're interested in refereeing these games and have been through our certification program please contact me ASAP. Thank you!

HWYSA Fall Referee Training Course Preview

HWYSA is excited to continue supporting efforts to address the referee shortage plaguing Essex County and Youth Soccer.

Last Spring we unveiled a pilot program with collaboration with our intramurals coaches. (Thank you coaches!) After lots of just in time learning, we are excited to begin planning for a fall program. Below is a sample of the training an interested youth can expect in this program. If this is something you or your child may be interested in, please contact Director of Referee Development, Ana Wacker at [email protected] for details on registration.

Week 1: Introduction to the Role of the Referee
What is the role of the referee?
What are the basic rules of the game?
What are the age level specific rules of the game?
How do we call the ball in and out of play?

Week 2: Player fouls and misconduct
What are Direct Free Kick fouls?
What are Indirect Free Kick fouls?
How do we call these fouls?

Week 3: Refereeing Young Players
We will have coaches from the intramurals program come share key lessons learned when working with younger players. 

Week 4: Preparing for your first game
What should you review before every game?
What tools do you need for your first game?
How do you introduce yourselves to coaches and players?
How do you run a pregame check-in?

Weeks 5-8: Hands on training!
Participants will be HWYSA certified referees at the end of Week 4, This will give them the chance to referee intramural games for practice with the hopes that they will move on to becoming certified referees in the Spring 2020 season.

Age Requirements: Participants should be at least 13 years of age, preferably turning 14 prior to the start of the Spring 2020 season. 

Ana Wacker
Director of Referee Development

Referee FAQs

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 2019 season. This link takes you to the currently available courses.

Did you take the HWYSA referee certification course?
Glad you were a part of our first group of HWYSA referees. Please remember to check your emails as the start of the Spring 2019 season approaches. Also, be sure to frequently visit this page for any updates.

Did you sign up to referee intramural games in Spring 2019?
Great! We're excited for you to gain some experience refereeing a fun level of play. Schedules for the intramural season will be finalized by the last week of February, if you have any conflicts it is your responsibility to let the referee coordinator know ahead of time. Be sure to email Ana Wacker at [email protected] with any questions!

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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