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Last update: 5-8-13
REFEREE CLASSES 2013
NEW FOR 2013 RE-CERTIFICATION
In the past, testing occurred at the beginning of class, with instruction for the remaining class time. For the 2013 badge, testing should be done on-line prior to the re-certification date. You can take the test as many times as you need to obtain a passing grade. The program prints a certificate of completion when you pass the test. While you can take the test many times, you will not take the same test each time. There are several versions of the test. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MOMENT TO TAKE (AND PASS) THE TEST.
Go to http://www.myedconnect.com/michiganreferee/Index.html
There is a "register today" link on the right side of the page under the Michigan map. This will take you to a new page where you can download a 10 page document that will walk you through step-by-step procedures for registering and accessing the specific test. Make sure you access the correct test for your referee grade unless you are upgrading. If you are upgrading to 7, 6, or 5 download the instructions for the upgrade test. If you need help, contact Instructional Technology Services, Inc. Monday-Friday, between 9am and 5pm, at 517-580-4356.
YOU MUST ALSO REGISTER for the re-certification class at www.michiganreferee.org as in past years. If you do not pass the test before the class, attend the class. Bring a self-addressed stamped envelope, take the test at the next soonest opportunity, and forward your certificate of completion to the instructor. Upon receipt of the certificate showing successful completion of the test, your badge will be mailed to you in the envelope you provided.
Grade 9 (entry), Grade 8 and Re-certification Classes for Fall, 2013 are posted at www.michiganreferee.org. Please sign up soon as class size is limited. While there may be additional classes, there is no guarantee. Make every effort to attend a class on the first go-around.
Grade 9 classes are entry level. The Grade 8 (Bridge Class) is to move from Grade 9 to Grade 8. Re-certification classes typically occur from November through January and Certification classes occur January through March.
If you do not have a badge with the current year on it, you cannot be assigned to games. You must also be a member in good standing of the Grand Valley Soccer Officials Association to be eligible for GVSA game assignments. A membership application is on the "Statement" page.
BEFORE you appear for class, YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER on-line at www.michiganreferee.org. On the "CLASS" link are instructions for Entry, Bridge and Re-certification classes. Registration instructions are on the right of the page. If you do not need instructions, you may register directly at: http://ussoccer.info. If you have additional questions, contact the Registrar at:
Registrar@MichiganReferee.org. Print and bring a copy of your registration/payment receipt with you to class. If there is a room fee, make sure you pay it on-line, or at the class.
NEW FOR THE DROPPED BALL...
USSoccer has another change effective 1-1-13, affecting the dropped ball. It still is put in play by touching the ground. However, if the first touch on the ball results in the ball going directly into a goal, the result is no longer a goal. In this respect, once the ball is in play, treat it as you would an indirect free kick (cannot count as a goal until a second touch is made).
IF the ball goes into the kicker's own goal on the first touch, the restart is a
IF the ball goes into the opponent's goal on the first touch, the restart is a goal
Remember, you WILL NOT SEE a simultaneous touch by opponents. You WILL SEE one player touch the ball first (if there is contact at all).
IF the ball is not touched and rolls off the field of play, the ball is dropped again from the same location. (Even if it rolls into a goal.)
Consider a "touch" as one movement to control/direct the ball, because it will help you remember that same player can make many consecutive touches on the ball before a second player touches the ball. The player making the first touch on the ball can score provided he makes the second touch before the ball enters the goal. "Examples of this scenario...include (but are not limited to) a player receiving the ball from a drop and taking two or more touches on the ball before the ball goes into the net; or receiving the ball from a drop, flicking the ball up from the foot to the head, and then heading the ball into the net."
The purpose and effect of this revision is to not allow a goal to be counted if, after the ball is in play after being dropped by the referee, a player kicks or otherwise plays the ball directly into a goal.
USSoccer has released new information that increases the number of acceptable situations inwhich the referee may legally apply the "advantage".
The advantage may still only be applied in situations where the ball is already in play. It shall NOT be applied to errors when PUTTING THE BALL IN PLAY.
A two-minute video explaining the change, with film clips, is at:
USSoccer released a video providing a brief synopsis of the
Ask-Tell-Dismiss technique to handling bench personnel (not players) who do not behave/conduct themselves in a responsible manner. The video can be seen at:
If clicking on the link does not function, copy and paste it into
your browser. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Wint or John Corbett.
NEW POSITION PAPER "LAW 14 CHECKLIST FOR KICKS FROM THE PENALTY MARK"- Link and information on the KNOW THIS! tab.