Grassroots Referee Recertification Information

Grassroots Referee recertification consists of 2 or 3 parts, age dependent.  Grassroots Referees are required to complete all of the online lessons. Badges for the new year will be handed out at in-person sessions, which are 3 hours long and are held at various locations. All Referees age 18 and older are also required to successfully complete the SafeSport program online before they can be certified.

Important SafeSport requirement information

As of this year, every referee 18 years of age and older MUST complete SafeSport training in order to officiate any games. If you turn 18 between October 2nd, 2019 to June 30th, 2020 you will have 30 days after you turn 18 to complete your SafeSport training. This training will take approximately 2 hours and is mandatory. You are required to complete this prior to recertifying. Instructions how to access the training can be found in Lesson 5 of the OMS recertification modules. When you successfully complete training, you will be instructed how to upload your “SafeSport Trained” certificate so that you are credited with completing it.


2020 Recertification Clinics

NOTE: All in-person clinics are canceled until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


March 29:
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Johns Hopkins APL
1101 Johns Hopkins Rd.
South Campus – Building 200 – E100
Laurel, Maryland 20723

Monthly Clinics

Until further notice all monthly clinics are cancelled.

Monthly In-Service Clinics are an alternate way to achieve your 5 hour minimum recertification requirement. Carroll and Howard County In-Services are 2½ hours. Montgomery County In-Services are 1 hour and 45 minutes. These clinics are usually more casual and less crowded than Recertification Clinics. Many subjects are covered and guest instructors are often brought in to teach a session. These are also a great way to get fresh ideas while interacting with peers.

Montgomery County Monthly Clinic

SoccerPlex Discovery Sports Center
18031 Central Park Circle
Boyds, MD 20841

7:00pm – 8:45pm

 Howard County Monthly Clinic:

SAC/HC Administrative Office
Covenant Park Complex
4560 Centennial Ln.
Ellicott City, MD 21042

6:00pm – 8:30pm

Carroll County Monthly Clinics:

North Carroll Senior Center
2328 Hanover Pike
Hampstead, MD 21074

6:00pm – 8:30pm

Contact: Bob Reath

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