Greetings, Florida Referee Academy staff and friends:
Yesterday, at the FSR Administrators' meeting, there was information
provided and some discussion regarding the role of the "Referee Club Trainer"
(CRT), which is an idea that FYSA is promoting as a way of helping to improve
young referee development at the local club (including recreational)
level. One of my friends, yesterday, suggested to me that there may have
been some confusion in my presentation about how the DRAs can be of assistance,
in supporting this idea. So, for clarification, let me briefly address 1)
the CRT idea itself; and 2) how we in FSR can assist.
1. The Club Referee Trainer:
Basically, the idea is for a
local (recreational, or competitive/travel) club to make their own
arrangements for someone to come in and work with their refs,
especially the young ones. Offering support and mentoring to age 13 and 14
year-old refs is critical to their development, and helpful to their retention
in the program. Working with them early, means that when they get old
enough to upgrade from Grade 8 to 7, they'll be much better; more prepared; and
much more motivated to continue with their refereeing career.
* The key is to provide mentoring for
any and all referees in the club program who wish to have it, but to focus on developing at least a small core (hopefully, a
group of 3-4 females and 3-4 male) referees, who can work togeter; build some
comradery and mutual support for each other. This is essential for
long-term success. Individuals will come and go, but the group dynamic is
most important to help the kids maintain interest and enthusiasm.
* What ARRANGEMENT
each club makes is TOTALLY FLEXIBLE. If a volunteer (maybe
qualitied or not) is already occasionally working with the refs, that can
continue. That person would just be included with any additional training
from the (new) CRT, and would become a "partner" in the effort.
with the CRT(s) can be with an individual, or more than one individual at the
same time, and might last only for the immediate (several weeks) season; to be
renewed if the club wishes. In the case of Lance and Christina's
arrangement with the Royal Palm Club, they together met with the
Club officers, and negotiationed about expectations and
reimbursement. In that situation, reimbursement was $20/hour (to
include travel costs), for about five hours on any given Saturday.
Christina and Lance took turns showing up, according to their personal
schedule availability. Each of them kept an informal ("roaming assessment"
type format) report of who they observed and worked with, and provided a copy
to each other, so both were kept aware of what was going on.
Depending on how much the club wishes to invest,
this can be done more or less frequently.
WHO the clubs wish to work with is flexible. In
the case of Lance and Christina, both of whom are young, State-grade,
Academy referees, they both proved to be highly popular and good role models
with the young club referees they were working with. But, an older referee
would do; as would anyone else who is a good role model with good communication
and soccer refereeing skills.
2. How FSR can help:
DRAs and other FSR staff
(instructors, assessors, other referees) have information about what kind
of club programs are going on in their respective areas. They are probably
aware of programs where there is a group of several
young referees who work there on a regular basis. They have contacts and relationships with persons in the club who run
the program (officers and administrators), or have good
knowledge of and relationships with the participating
referees or those who work with them
* FSR staff can help introduce the CRT idea to club officers
and assignors. They can meet with them formally
or informally to talk about it; can offer
information (the Academy Area Director can provide a powerpoint
presentation); can point to examples of success where
it has happened (see attachment, which is an article that
appeared in the FYSA "Touchline" this past Spring issue).
* FSR staff can
help put the club in touch with the Academy Area
Director, who can provide additional information, such as names of local
referees who may be in the Academy, and be available as mentors,
staff (DRAs; instructors and assessors) might be recruited by the club to help provide
additional training on different occasions (formally or
* For local club tournament events, Academy Area Directors are
available to discuss how a group of Academy mentors, and
Academy candidates and referees might be brought in to participate
in the tournament.
And, so forth, etc., etc.
The arrangments and range of participation and support can be WHATEVER the persons
involved wish for it to be.
If further clarification or more information is desired, please get back to
Thanks for all your help.
John David McGee
State Director Referee Academy