South Texas Soccer Referee News
Greetings from the State Referee Committee! The season winds down, the cooler days are ahead, and we give thanks for the blessings we have.
2014 Recertification VERY IMPORTANT: previously we announced the options, including on-line options, for recertifying Grade 9, 8 and 7 referees. If you have specific questions regarding your registration you may contact the State Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep in mind that badges are now mailed to the referee by US Soccer. Badges are mailed 6-8 weeks after you complete your recertification requirements, so bear this in mind if you wish to have a 2014 badge to start the spring season. You should complete your recertification requirements as soon as possible.
A reminder that if you intend to upgrade instead of recertifying at current grade, select the category Upgrade when signing up for your 2014 registration. The sooner you do this, the more time local STSR officials have to work with you to assist you in the upgrade process. The above statement s about badges also applies to upgrading referees. Also, if you are working to upgrade for 2014 but will not be complete by December 31, be sure to contact the SRA as soon as possible. This way your initial registration can be completed at your current grade (as long as you've met the recertification requirements), so that you have a current badge at the start of the spring season.
New Referees Needed:
As of November 1, we are behind in new referee registration. If you know of anyone (teammate, friend, family) who would like to become a referee for the spring 2014 games, please tell them about our website, www.stsr.org. There they can find information regarding the entry level clinics and entry referee grade levels. Speaking of registration and clinics..
State Committee Action
At the October State Referee Committee meeting in El Paso, the SRC acted on a number of items that will impact entry level clinics and registration in the future. The committee directed the Instructional Program to develop an agenda for both the Grade 9 and Grade 8 entry clinics that will utilize on-line modules and to reduce the required in class time for each. These agendas will be presented to the SRC at their meeting in January.
Another important item at the October meeting was the development of the 2015 registration requirements. These proposed requirements are now available for review at the www.stsr.org website. We encourage all referees to take some time to review these proposed changes, and to provide your state committee members with your feedback. The list of SRC members can be found under the "contacts" list at the website.
State Cup Assignor for Adult Cup
We're pleased to announce that Shelly McDavid will continue as the assignor for the TSSAS State Cup games. For those intending to work the TSSAS Cup games, please make a note in your calendar of these dates: Men's Premier and Div 1, Feb 8-9 Houston; Women's O30, Feb 22-23, San Antonio; Co-Ed Open and O30, March 21-23, San Antonio; Women's Div 1-3, April 5-6, San Antonio; Men's O30 and Div 2, April 12-13, Site TBD; Men's O40, May 17-18, San Antonio. Remember, state level referees are expected to service a variety of games throughout the year, both youth and adult.
State Referee Administrator
South Texas Soccer Referees
110 N IH 35
Round Rock TX 78681