October 14, 2014

Referees,

We are well into the 2015 registration cycle and have encountered some minor hiccups along the way.  This is normal and can be expected when changes are made to improve our processes as well as bring our program in line with USSF.  Those that have recertified already, I thank you and look forward to seeing you out and about.

The new requirements for certification and recertification are athttp://www.azref.com/changes-for-2015/ so if you have not reviewed them, I highly recommend that you do so now.  Some requirements, while not new, MUST be met, especially for the Grade 6 referees.  Reminder: if you are a National Candidate you are expected to recertify at the Grade 6 level for 2015 just in case you are not selected.  If you are selected, your registration fee will be refunded.  Please make sure you have a fallback position if not selected at the national level.  For Grade 6 referees that have not already attended a clinic, the final clinic is coming up on Nov 23 in Phoenix; you must attend a clinic as well as complete your other requirements in order to recertify for 2015. 

The feedback from the online portions of the Grade 8 and 9 class, have been very positive so far.  The recertification feedback has been positive as well with overall referees liking that they can work online when they want at their own pace.  Grade 8 and 9 referees, get your recertification done sooner rather than later as there is a $25late fee after Oct 31, 2014 AND badges take 4-6 weeks to arrive from USSF in Chicago. 

Thank you to all for the efforts that have been made to date and all the work that has been put in to move our program forward.   Arizona has always been ahead of some states in our Region when it comes to training and we are still leading the way.  Yes, there is more work ahead, but the referee committee will be striving to ensure that we are continuing to lead from the front.  This does require that we all be more flexible and willing to change our old ways to improve the program.  It is up to you to want to strive to be the best that you can be.  We will make the tools available for you, but you have to want to use them.

Please feel free to get me your feedback as I will listen and take it to the Board.  Finally, a quick word about referee ethics.  If you are not familiar with the Code of Ethics – Policy 531-10 located at pages 36-39 in the 2014-15 USSF Policy Manual, you may view it at http://www.azref.com/code-of-ethics/.  In order for me to work with AYSA, I need to make sure that we as referees are not creating negative situations.  I take ethics very seriously and will not condone us being unprofessional or unethical. 

Again, thanks for what you do and help us make your referee program in Arizona a huge success.

Tim Beeler

State Referee Administrator