Parents of Youth Referees
youth referee tips
May we invite you to read through these tips:
- Regularly Check your Email - Most teenagers do not use email, but that is how the Arbiter program works. You may want to add a filter to your email account - when an email from Arbiter (@arbitersports.com) is received it automatically sends a text message.
- The Referee is in Charge - It may be hard, but it is best to have your son or daughter responsible for their own schedule, although you are the one driving; it is all about responsibility.
- Communicate with your Assignor - Assignors have a difficult job scheduling hundreds of referees each weekend. We use availability forms or emails to assign games. Your assignor will let you know how they want availability.
- Complete the Entire Arbiter Setup - This includes Cell Phone, Emergency Contact, and Address as required by Arbiter for assigning AND a photo (we have over 300 referees and the assignors use the photos to know who they are assigning). Each Arbiter Account needs its own unique email address, so if you have two or more children refereeing they will each need an account.
- Be Punctual - We are all about life lessons, so manners are extremely important, which means arriving to games on time (30 mins before kickoff).
- Maintain Limited Cell Phone Use on the Field - at half-time it is always good to ask questions and get feedback.
- Acquire Proper Referee Uniform - Uniform requirements can be found here: Uniform and Gear
- Remember the Benefits of Officiating - Our board members and mentors will provide encouragement and advice for our new members. We are here to encourage, educate, and advance our referees to the next level.
- Continue Your Education - Attend our monthly NOCRA Membership meetings to enhance your knowledge and skillset of being a referee.