Welcome to the Grand Valley Soccer Officials Association
GVSOA Membership Application
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Rules Of Competition:
Grand Valley Soccer Association
Junior State Cup
National League Conference
National Premier League
Updated October 8, 2019
NO grade 9, 8 or 7 classes are scheduled this spring and late summer. USSF is combining these grades into a single group for 2020- the GRASSROOTS REFEREE. Grade 6s become REGIONAL REFEREES.
As soon as materials are received from USSoccer and disseminated to the instructors, classes will be scheduled and posted.
If you are a GVSOA member, you will receive an e-mail with instructions for registration and class postings. If you are not a member of GVSOA, you need to check the Michigan Referee webpage: www.michiganrefs.org. (Hint: Join GVSOA and make part of your life less stressful.)
New GVSOA mailing address:
GVSOA, PO BOX 699, ADA, MICHIGAN 40301
and an e-mail address:
Now you have two ways to contact the administrators with one e-mail or letter.
The PO Box and e-mail address are active now.
Link to 2018-2019 Laws of the Game:
UPDATE YOUR AVAILABILITY FOR Summer and Fall 2019, NOW. If you have problems, contact a GVSOA assignor.
Your contact information must be accurate. If you are a new referee in the Grand Rapids' area, contact one of the assignors listed on the CONTACT US page to become certified for GVSA league game assignments.
Membership fee for GVSOA is annual ($10.00) or per season ($5.00). Link to membership application is upper-left on this page. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR GRAND VALLEY SOCCER ASSOCIATION GAME ASSIGNMENTS, YOU MUST BE A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING WITH GVSOA.
Know the Game Day Procedures for each league you expect game assignments. Links are under the TOOLS tab, Competitions link.
Remember: MSPSP substitutions can be made at any stoppage with the referee's permission.
If you have taken the recertification test, and not scored at least 80%, you have to retake the test until you achieve a score of at least 80%. Instructions to re-test are below. Please do this asap. After the instructor closes your class (to send the information to USSF for recert. confirmations) you CANNOT access the test anymore. You have not completed the recertification requirements...
Intend to upgrade to grade 8? Remember, you must be at least 14 years old as of January 1 to take the grade 8 class for the next year. There is no code for an age waiver.
If you recertify as a 9, and later decide you really wanted to upgrade to 8 (and are old enough) you will create several headaches for yourself and may have to remain a "9" for the next year. Please make the correct choice- if you need help, please call us. Our names and numbers are on the CONTACT US page.
The link below is to a printable copy of the 4th official's log sheet. For those who have made inquiries, print your own copy. Be familiar with the form, before the game.
Soccerrefereeusa.com has a broad library that can be perused quickly. Give them a look.
USE THE LINKS ABOVE- TYPICALLY QUESTIONS FOR THE TEST ARE TAKEN FROM THE ADVICE TO REFEREES.
Recertification- Referees, Assignors, Assessors, Instructors
USSOCCER sends a reminder to re-certify for the following year via the registration system https://michiganrefs.gameofficials.net. GameOfficials will perform the registration, on-line testing and background checks at the same time. You no longer need to go to separate sites for these tasks with different identities. After you login, the system will guide you through the registration steps.
The system will show you two identities, and you need to be in group 1303, Registration and Learning. You will be at the main page, and need to click on "Courses". The courses that are available to you will appear. (Courses shown are unique to the identity you logged into. Referee courses only appear in the Referee Identity, Assignor courses in the Assignor Identity, etc.) Choose your class and the system will walk you through it. After you pay for the course your must complete and pass the concussion module video. Then click the button "LOAD SESSION TRACKER" to take the on-line exam. At the same time, if you are over 18 years old the system will look for a current background check. If you are over 18, and it finds a current background check, it will authorize your registration. If you are over 18 and it does NOT find a current one, it will process a new background check. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE FOR YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK. If you need paper proof for a league that you passed the background check, contact Carlos Folino, He can provide the documentation. After the background check is completed, the system will take you to the testing area and allow you to take your exam. The instructor will have the results of your background check and your examination score.
If you did not pass your exam, you will not receive a referee badge at recertification. Retest until you pass before the recertification clinic. A link to the retest instructions is at the top of this page, third link. If you do not pass the background check, concussion video or on-line test before recertification class, attend the class on schedule. When you have met the pre-requisites, contact your instructor to be issued a badge.
You will not see the same questions on each subsequent exam. You may use your LOTG and ATR publications. Passing scores are as follows:
Grade 9 80% on the grade 9 exam. miss no more than 10 questions.
Grade 8 80% on the grade 8/7 exam. miss no more than 10 questions.
Grade 7 85% on the grade 8/7 exam. miss no more than 7 questions.
Grade 6 80% on the state recert. exam. miss no more than 10 questions.
Grade 5 85% on the state recert. exam. miss no more than 7 questions.
The players and game are developing at a fast pace. We need to stay current with them, if not a step ahead. Please begin reviewing the materials now- not as you are taking the test.
If you have any questions, contact the Michigan State Director of Referee Instruction at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All MSYSA -sanctioned tournaments are assigned in Game Officials. MSPSP, DA, State Cup and MRL games are assigned in Game Officials. Referees typically self-certify for tournament assignments. The MSPSP, DA, State Cup and Midwest Regional leagues are not self-certified. Membership in the referee pool for these leagues is by invitation- assignor certification. A list of the 2018 Michigan Assignors is at: www.michiganreferee.org; click on CURRENT REFEREES; click on GET GAMES; click on 2018 MICHIGAN CERTIFIED ASSIGNORS.