In-Town Referee Program
Danvers Youth Soccer is pleased to offer an expanded program for players who would like to learn how to be referees. Massachusetts Referee Certification age requirements do not permit individuals under the age of 14 to become certified referees, but DYS offers a Referee Certification Preparation Course for players starting with those entering the 6th grade.
For NEW referees, the course is comprised of 4 hours of classroom instruction, including instruction on the Laws of the Game, game management, and specific application of DYS rules. RETURNING referees will have a 1 hour review course. After completing the classroom portion, participants will receive ongoing on field instruction and experience by being assigned to DYS Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 4 games under the supervision of DYS referee mentors.
Fall 2017 Classroom Schedule:
New Referees (must attend ONE session)
Friday, September 1 12:00-4:00PM OR Friday, September 8 3:30-7:30PM
Returning Referees (must attend ONE session)
Friday, September 1 4:30-5:30PM OR Friday, September 8 7:30-8:30PM
Classes MAY be added IF there sufficient numbers that cannot attend the above scheduled classes.
DYS will provide training materials, and a referee uniform and whistle for each participant. Participants will be required to provide a stopwatch, which may be purchased from DYS for $15. They will receive a training stipend for each game slot they are on the field. Current rates are $12 per Gr1 game, $15 per Gr2 game and $18 per Gr4 game. The stipend will be issued at the conclusion of the season upon return of the referee uniform and submission of the required game reports.
Eligible players are current 6th graders and older.
Once participants reach the age of 14, they are encouraged to become USSF Certified Officials by completing the Massachusetts State Referee Committee/USSF Grade 8 Referee Course, which DYS will provide reimbursement for.
For more information, contact Jeff Chambers at
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