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Coronavirus Update – 4/19/2020

As of now, all currently scheduled in-person training classes are postponed. The Maryland SRC is continuing to monitor the situation and will post information here as soon as it becomes available. We are keeping in close contact with the leagues as they make decisions concerning resuming their games.  We are currently working on alternative methods of training referees, should the need arise.

Please check here or with your assignor for the most current information.

Coronavirus Update – 3/12/2020

With the increasing number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) being reported across the country, the Maryland Soccer State Referee Committee is continuing to monitor this situation and review our priorities. As part of this review, we have determined that it is in our collective best interest to postpone all referee clinics currently scheduled for the remainder of March. As you know, this situation is very volatile and is changing hour-by-hour. We will make a decision in the near future about other Spring referee clinics.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we manage through this ever-evolving situation. Our primary concern is the health and safety of all members of the Maryland soccer community. If you are currently registered for a clinic that is canceled, you will have first priority for any new courses as they are rescheduled. If you decide you do not want to wait, you can request a refund by going to your Officials Management Systems (OMS) Member Home Page, click “Transfer/cancel reservation” next to your course, and then click “Cancel current clinic reservation without transfer”. In this case, because of the highly unusual circumstances, the $5.00 cancellation fee will be waived.

Best Practices for Health
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wearing a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Watson, State Referee Administrator.