The next monthly meeting of the Region Referee Administrators will be held Thursday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m. This meeting is held at the Region 13 Clubhouse located at 711 W. Woodbury Road, Unit E, Altadena, California. Food will be served.
The trouble with referees is that they just don’t care which side wins.
Referees are an integral part of any soccer program. In AYSO Area 1-C, our referees devote much time to learning the Laws of the Game and the proper application of those laws and they do it all without compensation. Referees are there to make sure the match is safe, fair and fun for all involved. Win or lose, please thank them for their service.
The following email was sent by Dave Jones, Past Region Referee Administrator for Region 60, Alhambra/Monterey Park. It is well stated and should speak to all of us.
By now, you have probably all heard the tragic story of Ricardo Portillo, a soccer referee in Utah, who was punched by a player, and died as a result. If you’re not familiar with the story, please read the following.
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is that something like that can’t happen here. I want to believe that’s true.
But I’m sure Ricardo Portillo’s league believed the same thing. And I’m sure it never occurred to him to think he might be killed doing one of the things he loved most in life.
This should be a wake up call to us all that “Zero Tolerance” aren’t just two words that look good next to each other in our policy statements.
We are well positioned with AYSO’s theme of “Respect starts with me.” I believe we should reinforce that theme, and Zero Tolerance, at all volunteer meetings. We need to mentor our referees to help them understand how to deal with dissent from both players and the Touchline. And we need to support them, and all volunteers 100%.
And with the 2013 season right around the corner, now is the time to start planning.