Women and Girls in Soccer — Referee Course

Women and Girls in Soccer (WAGS), a charitable organization devoted to promoting soccer and athletic development for women and girls, is sponsoring a woman’s only referee grade 8 certification clinic March 10 and 11 in Alexandria Virginia. Female candidates who successfully complete the courses will be reimbursed by WAGS.

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Clarification of Heading Policy for All MD Referees

As you know, over the past months, US Soccer has sent out a number of messages concerning the issue of heading the ball by players in the U-11 age group and younger.  Here is the latest statement to come out of US Soccer:

“As part of U.S. Soccer’s Player Safety Campaign, players 10 years old and younger are prohibited from heading the ball in practice and in games. To this end, when a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs in the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.”

Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) and the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) have taken a position that aligns with the U.S. Soccer Player Safety Campaign.

The Maryland State Referee Committee fully supports this decision. The Committee has established the following criteria that must be adhered to by all Maryland Referees when they are officiating USSF sanctioned matches as well as all sanctioned tournaments. These amended rules will be enforced in both Maryland and Virginia, thereby eliminating the possibility of confusion across state lines. These changes are effective immediately!

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Clinics and Fitness Tests

State Referee Clinic

This clinic is for Grade 5 and Grade 6 referees. You must complete the online test prior to the clinic. Session 1 is the State Referee Test.

Sun, Jan 21 9:00am – 4:30pm

JOHNS HOPKINS APPLIED PHYSICS LAB.
MAIN CAMPUS – PARSONS AUDITORIUM
11100 JOHNS HOPKINS RD
LAUREL MD


Contact: Bob Reath

Advanced Referee Clinics

This clinic is for referees who desire to upgrade to Grade 6 (State Referee). You must complete the online test prior to the clinic. Session 1 is the State Referee Test.

Sat, Jan 20 9:00am – 4:30pm
Sun, Jan 21 9:00am – 4:30pm
(Must attend all Sessions)

JOHNS HOPKINS APPLIED PHYSICS LAB.
MAIN CAMPUS – PARSONS AUDITORIUM
11100 JOHNS HOPKINS RD
LAUREL MD

Contact: Bob Reath

Intermediate Referee Clinics

This clinic is for referees who desire to upgrade to Grade 7. You must complete the online tests prior to the clinic. Session 1 is the Grade 7 Referee Test. Even if you may have taken the Exam to complete your recertification, you must take it again for this clinic.

Sat, Jan 20 9:00am – 4:30pm

JOHNS HOPKINS APPLIED PHYSICS LAB.
MAIN CAMPUS – PARSONS AUDITORIUM
11100 JOHNS HOPKINS RD
LAUREL MD

Contact: Bob Reath

USSF FITNESS TEST

The Fitness Test is for referees who desire to upgrade (from Grade 8 to Grade 7; or Grade to Grade 6). Periodically we will run the Grade 5 fitness test for those that require it to referee and upgrade to Grade 5.

Maryland State Fitness Test

Sprint Test

6 consecutive 40 meter sprints at a maximum of 7.2 seconds per sprint

Interval Test

Maximum of 40 seconds for the 150 meter run
Maximum of 40 seconds for the 50 meter walk

For more information please contact: Bob Reath

FALL FITNESS TEST

The next Fitness Test will be in the Spring of 2018, site TBD.

State Fitness Test at 9AM: This test is for Grade 6 and 7 maintenance, and also Grade 6 and 7 upgrade
Sprint Test:
6 consecutive 40 meter sprints at a maximum of 7.2 seconds per sprint
Interval Test: 10 full laps
Maximum of 40 seconds for the 150 meter run
Maximum of 40 seconds for the 50 meter walk

Grade 5 Fitness Test at 10AM: This test is for Grade 5 maintenance and Grade 5 upgrade
Sprint Test:
6 consecutive 40 meter sprints at a maximum of 6.4 seconds per sprint
Interval Test:
Maximum of 17 seconds for the 75 meter run
Maximum of 20 seconds for the 25 meter walk

Contact: Bob Reath

Sprint Test

6 consecutive 40 meter sprints at a maximum of 7.2 seconds per sprint

Interval Test

Maximum of 40 seconds for the 150 meter run
Maximum of 40 seconds for the 50 meter walk

State, Advanced, and Intermediate Referee Clinics

No dates have been set for upgrade clinics.

Entry Level and Recertification Clinics

For new referee entry level classes select this link:

http://marylandreferees.com/msr2/?page_id=21

For recertification classes select the link below:

http://marylandreferees.com/msr2/?page_id=23

For questions or concerns please contact the Maryland State Director of Instruction: sdimd@comcast.net

“Ask A Referee” is Back!

Jim Allen’s  Ask A Referee web site is now up and running again full speed ahead. Jim has “passed the baton” to Dan Heldman. For those who do not know Dan, his credentials include involvement in the National Referee Program as a National Referee Instructor, National Assessor, and a member of the National Instructional Program staff for 15+ years. Dan chaired USSF’s Instructional Program Advisory Panel. Dan also was an author of the ATR (along with Jim Allen), Laws of the Game Made Easy and Offside Made Easy publications.

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