Director of Assessments - Dave Leverich
One of the great things about being an AYSO referee is that there are a lot of
ways for the new and the not-so-new referees to get help in improving their
referee skills. Beyond the courses we teach, the monthly referee meetings, and
the tons of helpful advice we get from the touch lines, anyone who is interested
can always ask to be mentored, observed, or assessed to get advice on not only
things they need to improve on, but also things that they do well.
Observations and Assessments
Observations and assessments are formal ways for referees to be evaluated for
badge upgrades, but also can be done informally to get more structured feedback.
Formal observations are required to upgrade from a Regional badge (U10) to an
Intermediate badge (U12). Assessments are used to move from Intermediate to
Advanced (U14) to National (U16 and U19).
||Game Level Required
||Yes, center and AR
|Yes, center and AR
You can schedule an observation or assessment by sending an e-mail to
Intermediate observations and the pre-assessments (Area policy to check that you
are ready for an upgrade) are scheduled internally within Region 84, so those
are pretty easy to do. For the formal assessment; however, we need to bring in
an assessor from outside the Region, so we need at least 2 weeks lead time. Once
we have the time, date, and place of the match that you are scheduled to do, we
will work with you to schedule the assessor.
Things to do to Make Your Assessment Easier
- Have a good pre-game discussion with your referee team. You might not fail a
Advanced assessment because of a poor pre-game, but it will increase the chances
for failure in the match because of the confusion that results. You will fail a
national assessment with a poor pre-game.
- Stay within 10 to 15 yards of play. If you are consistently far from play, you
will miss fouls, lose credibility, and risk the safety of the players.
- Work on your foul/non-foul recognition. We like to see a good balance between
enforcing the laws (controlling the match) and applying the spirit of the game
(allowing play to flow). In other words, keep the players safe, the match fair;
but let them have fun.
- Show teamwork. We like to see a lot of eye contact and acknowledgement of
signals during the match.
- Use sharp signals, a clear whistle, and your voice. Poor performance here and
you risk losing credibility with the players, coaches, and spectators.
- As an AR, keep with the second to last defender or the ball if it passes that
defender. We have strict standards for AR upgrades in Area L. We expect to see
the AR even with the defender or hustling down the line after ball. Why? Not
being in position to see if the attacker was offside when a goal is scored can
lead to loss of match control.
- Know the laws and the correct restarts. You’ll be more comfortable and have an
easier time in your matches. Major mistakes here are another avoidable way to
lose control of the match.