U.S. Soccer Recognize to Recover (R2R) Video
U.S. Soccer released a new video on recognizing and managing concussions, highlighting the important role parents, players, coaches, referees and health professionals play in the return to play process. The video is part of U.S. Soccer's Recognize to Recover (R2R) player health and safety program, and is designed to raise awareness of this important issue. Please view or download the video here.
2017 Referee Program Workshop: Registration
As a reminder, the 2017 Referee Program Workshop will be held March 25-26, 2017 in Chicago, Ill. The agenda and exact start and end times are still being determined. Registration will open on December 3 and we will share more information as we get closer to the date on how to register. We look forward to seeing you all there.
2017 Referee Program Workshop: Topics for Discussion
As we prepare for the 2017 Referee Program Workshop, we are soliciting topics that you would like to be addressed in the breakout sessions. We are looking for role specific topics (i.e., topics for SDIs, topics for SDAs) as well as topics that all states might find useful. Please email Nicole WardNicole Ward with any suggestions.
2017 State Assessor and Instructor Courses
Interested in hosting a State Assessor or State Instructor course in your area for 2017/2018 certification? Hosts will be expected to obtain hotel meeting rooms and a room block, preferably at an airport hotel to help alleviate transportation costs to the attendees. Please contact Nicole Ward if interested or have further questions.
Referee Program Logo Lock-up Guidelines
Logo lock-ups, generic logos, and Usage Guidelines were sent via email to all State Referee Administrators on November 7. As a reminder, any and all usage of both the U.S. Soccer crest and U.S. Soccer Referee Program logo including older versions must comply with Usage Guidelines for each. Guidelines are available in the State Resources Folder.
Laws of the Game Video Series (Advice to New Referees Series)
Check out the video in the new Advice to New Referees video series on our YouTube channel, found here. This month's video is titled Getting Started and focuses on important information necessary for new referees. A new video will be released at the end of each month of 2016 as a resource for continuing education and will be featured in each Referee Program Update email to the referee community.
Reminder: New Policy on Referee Registration
The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors has approved an amendment to our policy about referee registration. All registrations must be submitted to the Federation per your state's process within 30 days of the individual completing all requirements for that registration. The Bylaws and Policies can be found here.
Reminder: Player Development Initiatives
Changes were made to the Player Development Initiatives document on September 1, available here. Please know that no substantive information was changed, and the only new detail added was for additional clarity based on questions we have received. For example, on slide 12, we changed "Field Sizes" to "Field Size Ranges", as well as noted that a goalkeeper is used for 7v7 and 9v9. We also clarified that heading is currently permitted at the U-12 level, but that members are able to limit or ban heading at the U-12 level should they see fit.
Reminder: Concussion Initiative Statement
We incorporated your feedback into the Concussion Initiative Statement and updated it accordingly. Please find the updated statement here, and feel free to share with your members.