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Last update: 11-29-14
REGISTER TO RECERTIFY FOR 2015!!!
You must go into your Game Officials account, and make sure you are in the Registration and Learning module (not the assigning module). This applies to REFEREES, ASSIGNORS, INSTRUCTORS and ASSESSORS who will recertify (remain at the same grade) for 2015, as class dates/times/sites are posted. NOT all certifications are posted yet. Additional information is at www.michiganreferees.org and michiganrefs.gameofficials.com.
IF there is a test (and why wouldn't we want you to take one) you must pass the test prior to class if you want to get your 2015 badge at the end of class. If you haven't passed the test by class time, come to class anyway with a self-addressed and stamped envelope. After you pass the test let the instructor know and your badge will be sent to you.
If you are a grade 9 and intend to upgrade to grade 8, remember you must be at least 14 years old as of 1-1-15 to take the grade 8 class for 2015. 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 find you will be a "9" for 2015. Please make the correct choice- if you need help, please call us. Numbers are on the CONTACT US page.
Read the MSYSA statements/standards on safety of goal structures.
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.
Click on the link below to access the 2014-2015 FIFA LOTG.
USE THE LINKS ABOVE- TYPICALLY QUESTIONS FOR THE TEST ARE TAKEN FROM THE ADVICE TO REFEREES.
Changes for 2014: recertification and match assigning
For 2014, we will experience several changes. The first change is how we recertify:
USSOCCER sent each referee a reminder to re-certify for 2014 via the new registration system https://michiganrefs.gameofficials.net. GameOfficials will perform referee registration, on-line testing and background checks at the same site. 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" and on the next page click on "Referee Courses". The courses that are available to you will appear. Pick the one that fits your schedule and the system will walk you through it. After you pay for the course your must 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. SO DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MOMENT TO MAKE SURE YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK IS CURRENT (RISK MANAGEMENT). After the background check is completed, the system will take you to the testing area and allow you to take your exam. When you PASS you will be ready to attend class. 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, so retest until you pass before the recertification clinic. A link to the retest instructions is at the top of this page, third link.
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 Mike Wint, State Director of Referee Instruction at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second change is how games are assigned:
Effective 4-1-14 the Michigan Referee Committee (MRC) will no longer subsidize the use of ARBITER to assign games. Some referee associations will continue to use ARBITER at their own expense for a period of time. Rather than pass on the costs to GVSOA members to continue using ARBITER, and not be part of the MRC referee assigning pool (State Cup, MRL, etc), the GVSOA Administrators decided to make the move from ARBITER to GameOfficials as soon as possible and to be ready to use it beginning in Spring, 2014. GameOfficials also offers a text communication feature for no added cost, that alerts referees of new match assignments as well as match reminders. With the merger of the assignors, referees and venues into the GVSOA Arbiter group, this group should be migrated to GameOfficials with minimal problems. This system should have many of the features that made Arbiter attractive to us.
Certified assignors received an e-mail from Gil Urban (State Director of Assignors) about the change to GameOfficials and the approximate costs to the individual assignor or league to remain with Arbiter.