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“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.

Here is part of a recent email received from Dan:

“You may not have heard this but I took over from Jim Allen (at his invitation) management of the askasoccerreferee website — http://www.askasoccerreferee.com/ — and have been busy with it since early January.  Part of the problem is that Jimmy inactivated the site last November with a note on the Home screen that, although the archives were still on line, no further questions could be submitted due to his “retirement” and this would remain the case until such time as he could arrange for a replacement.  Well, that was me but, meanwhile, roughly two months of inactivity (during which all visitors were being told that the site was “down” until further notice) has likely resulted in lots of past and potentially new visitors to check askasoccerreferee off their list of places to visit again.  I’m trying to get the word out that we are back in business, under new management, and ready to entertain more questions.  REFEREE magazine will have a sidenote in one of the next several months about the site, its objectives (see the site info under the “About” tab), and how it can be accessed.  As you may know, the site is not just for officials – we also field questions from players and coaches (these are often fun to answer!).”

All I can say is “Welcome Back!”. For many (MANY!) years, this site has been a go-to for referees looking for inciteful, accurate answers without any politics. Please spread the word.

Law Changes effective 01 July 2016.

To All Referees,

There are many law changes that will go into effect on 01 July 2016. It is your responsibility as a referee to know the Laws of the Game and rules of the competition you are refereeing. So the links below will provide you with the Laws of the Game and the new changes. For those that are attending recertification clinics this summer, you will get an hour and half presentation of all the changes. However I recommend that you still read the information in the following links:

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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

USSF FITNESS TEST

The Fitness Test is for referees who are attempting to Upgrade (Grade 8 to 7; 7 to 6) and Grade 7 and 6 maintenance.

SUMMER FITNESS TEST

Saturday June 10, 2017 – 9:00am – 11:00am

RESERVOIR HIGH SCHOOL
11550 SCAGGSVILLE RD
FULTON, MD

This will be run in conjunction with the NISOA National, which is equivalent to the Maryland State Fitness Test. We plan to run the State (NISOA National ) test at 9:00AM.

Contact: Bob Reath

The Fitness Test administered will be the State Referee Fitness Test which consists of a sprint test and then an interval 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

SUMMER FITNESS TEST #2

Sunday July 16, 2017 – 8:00am – 10:00am

OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL HS
17301 OLD VIC BLVD
OLNEY MD

There will be two Fitness Tests run on this date:

State Fitness Test at 8AM: 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 9AM: 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

FALL FITNESS TEST #2

Sunday October 15, 2017 – 9:00am – 11:00am
(Rain Date will Sunday October 22, 2017)

LIBERTY HS
5855 BARTHOLOW RD
ELDERSBURG MD

This will be the last fitness test run in 2017. There will be two Fitness Tests run on this date:

State Fitness Test at 8AM: 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 9AM: 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.

State Referee Clinic

This clinic is for Grade 5 and Grade 6 referees.

Advanced Referee Clinics

This clinic is for referees who desire to upgrade to Grade 6 (State Referee). You must complete the online tests prior to the clinic. Session 1 is the New Law Change Exam, and Session 2 is the State Referee Test. Even if you may have taken the New Law change Exam to complete your recertification, you must take it again for this clinic.

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 New Law Change Exam, and Session 3 is the Grade 7 Referee Test. Even if you may have taken the New Law change Exam to complete your recertification, you must take it again for this clinic.

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