The starter course for travel referees is the “Referee Grade 8 Entry Level Course”. You must be at least 14 years old, and complete online and in-classroom training.
Details on how to become a travel referee:
- Set up an account with www.massref.net and register to take the Referee Grade 8 Entry Level Course (choose any time or place that is convenient before the start of the next season). Certification typically is for the calendar year. However, classes offered in the summer allow you to be a referee in the fall and all of the following year. The prospective referee is expected to pay the course registration fee.
- To successfully complete the Referee Grade 8 Entry Level Course the candidate must be at least 14 years of age by April 30, complete a 4-6 hour online course, attend eight hours of classroom instruction, and pass a 50 question written test. (If the candidate is 14 by April 30, but not by the date of the course, please contact CourseAdministrator@MassRef.net to register manually.)
- After successfully becoming certified as a Referee Grade 8, go to the BAYS website (bays.org) and complete the “Referee Registration”. This gives you an account on BAYS to log in. Request to become a referee for Lexington and read the referee procedure handbook letting you know how the system works for accepting/rejecting and reporting games on BAYS.
- Send email to the LUSC In-town and BAYS/travel referee coordinator, Genci Kutrolli, email@example.com and introduce yourself, give your email contact and let him know that you passed the Grade 8 Entry level class, registered with BAYS and would like to be a referee for LUSC.
- Buy a referee uniform kit (black referee jersey) at Tricon Sports store on Waltham Street.
- Referees need to take a re-certification course each year usually offered starting in July. Sign-up at www.massref.net.
- At the beginning of each season, the LUSC referee coordinator will schedule a mandatory meeting for all certified referees. New referees will be assigned an account on www.usofficials.com to manage their referee assignments with LUSC.
- During the season, in-town games are accepted and reported on the US OFFICIALS website. On the other hand, BAYS travel games are accepted on BOTH US OFFICIALS and BAYS websites, and are reported on the BAYS website.
- Referees are paid by LUSC and/or BAYS depending on the exact nature of their game assignments during the season. In-town referees are paid $20.00 per game by LUSC. For BAYS travel games, the rates are given on https://bays.org/pay_procedures. BAYS travel games are paid by BAYS, with the following exception: U12 assistant referees are paid ($20 per game) by LUSC in both the fall and spring seasons.
LUSC uses referees for its U9/10 (3rd/4th grade) in-town games. To become an in-town referee a candidate must be 13 years of age by April 30 of the year refereeing. A free three hour referee course is typically held each February, and focuses on the laws of the game and referee mechanics. The course is held in either Lexington or Arlington. Students who successfully complete the course are awarded a free shirt to be used for refereeing games. This is a great opportunity to start as a soccer referee. These are easy games to referee, and perfect for learning the mechanics of refereeing and building confidence. In-town referees are paid $20 per game. Please contact Genci Kutrolli, the LUSC referee coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested, and include your full name and date of birth.
- US Officials website
- Massachusetts State Referee Committee
- Massachusetts Youth Soccer
- IFAB Laws of the Game Book
- BAYS Referee Section
- 30/30 Lightning Rule
- 6v6 In-town Rule Changes (now 7v7)
Genci Kutrolli, email@example.com, 781-316-4031