Referee Assignments. The following are important aspects of referee assignments that must be noted and are per sanctioning league and MTsc U standing rules and general practices:
CONSIDERATIONS RELATIVE TO ASSIGNMENTS
Referee assignments by the Referee Assignor or official designee are based on availability, known conflicts of interest, Club evaluations, experience, age, quality of refereeing and license grade.
LIMITATIONS RELATIVE TO ASSIGNMENT ELIGIBILITY
09 referees are limited to refereeing:
08 referees can referee:
Communication of Availability for Assignments
It is the responsibility of the referee to contact the Referee Assignor weekly to communicate their availability for accepting assignments for the following week’s games and for what general conflicts of interest relative to refereeing may exist. It is NOT the responsibility of the Referee Assignor to call every week. Referees can let the referee assignor know their availability by sending an email to MTscRefs@gmail.com.
To be eligible to referee, referees must have their valid USSF issued patch, official referee full uniform on and their referee equipment available including:
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Referees are not allowed to arrange to switch accepted scheduled assignments with another referee. All referee scheduling must be done through the Referee Assignor or official designee.
Referees are expected to be willing to accept assignments for either league and for any age (i.e. Competitive vs. Recreational and U6-U19). It will be the general practice to have assigned referees on ALL U6 - U19 Recreational games.
NO referee is allowed to write on the assignment schedules posted in the referee shack. Only the Referee Assignor or official designee may.
(Effective Beginning Spring 2018 Season – to be adjusted by Board from time to time)
Center – Center Referee, AR - Assistant Referee (Lines)
|Age||Recreational Games||Competitive/Academy Games|
|U7 Center||$15.00||$26 (4x4 Juniors)|
|U8 Center||$15.00||$26 (8x8 Juniors) or $26 (4x4 Juniors)|
|U9 Center||$20.00||$26 (Juniors)|
|U9 AR||$10.00 (use at MTsc U's discretion for development)||N/A|
|U10 Center||$20.00||$26 (Juniors)|
|U10 AR||$10.00 (use at MTsc U's discretion for development)||N/A|
|U17-19 Center||$40.00||$50.00 (OPC) or $60.00 (NPL)|
Payments to Referees
Licensed referees are paid for each game they referee that is SCHEDULED by the MTsc U Referee Assignor as follows:
For MTSC U Recreational and Competitive Game Pay
Licensed referees who provide referee services for MTsc U Recreational games and MTsc U Competitive games at the MTsc U South and North Complexes shall be paid at the then current MTsc U Referee Rates.
Payment Process for RECREATIONAL/FRIENDSHIP and SNL League Games
Referees must provide their completed Referee Pay Cards to the Referee Assignor or designee on game day, or to the MTsc U Office Manager located at the main MTsc U office in south Tulsa during weekday MTsc U Office hours following the game day, in order to be paid. MTsc U will prepare based on the receipt of those Referee Pay Cards fully completed, payment to be provided to each individual referee via ArbiterPay which will be initiated with Arbiter late on the Friday after services are provided. See Prerequisites noted below.
Cash Payment Process for COMPETITIVE Games
Referees will be paid directly by the Competitive “Home” team and are highly encouraged to require such payment prior to the start of the match. If the “Home” team does not pay, the referees have no obligation to officiate the match. If the referees officiate the match prior to receiving payment and then the “Home” team does not pay for any reason, the risk of not receiving payment will be borne by the referees on such match. All payment obligations for the Competitive match is solely the “Home” Competitive team’s and not MTsc U’s. Completed Referee Pay Cards should still be provided to the Referee Assignor or designee on game day, or dropped off in the 24 hr drop box at the MTsc U office following the game day.
Prerequisites for Payment of Recreational/Friendship and SNL Referee Services
Arbiter First Time User Instructions (click below)
Arbiter Update Your Profile (click below)
Arbiter Set Up Your Blocks (click below)
Sign Up for an Arbiter Pay Account (click below)
Arbiter Link for Officials (click below)
REFEREE COST REIMBURSEMENT & MERIT BONUS PAYMENT
Payment for cost reimbursement and Merit Bonuses for those referees eligible pursuant to the Continual Education Program will be done at the end of the Referee meeting scheduled after the close of the Recreational soccer season. Any cost reimbursement payments or awarded Merit Bonuses not picked up through (1) preferably attending the final season Referee meeting or (2) within MTsc U main office hours during the following week, shall be forfeited.
PREREQUISITE FOR ON-CALL REFEREE PAY
MTsc U from time to time may elect to implement on any recreational Saturday game day an On-Call Referee designee. Such On-Call Referee shall be eligible for payment at a rate of $5.00/hr for each and every hour they are not refereeing a game (of which game pay takes precedent) provided the following conditions are met by the On-Call Referee:
If any of the conditions above are not met, the on-call pay will be forfeited by the On-Call Referee.
Purpose of the MTsc U Referee Continual Education Program
The Referee Continual Education Program is divided into four components and consists of several goals. The goals of the Program include:
Because of the importance of these goals, the MTsc U Board kicked this program off in May ’03 and continues to dedicate a significant focus on and investment in the improvement of referee education, thereby increasing the quality of the games, player development, coach education, and the sustenance of developing and maintaining a sizeable high quality referee pool. This focus will translate in to benefits to everyone attending game days at the MTsc U facilities. This is another example that MTsc United is “Where Kids Come First!”.
The MTsc U Referee Continual Education Program currently consists of four major components. Please see the Calendar of Events at www.MetroTulsaSoccer.com for schedule information.
Spring & Fall MTsc U Hosted Licensing Clinics. Each spring & fall MTsc U pays to hosted licensing clinics for officials. These licensing clinics will be scheduled prior to and/or after each soccer season as posted on MTsc U's "CALENDAR OF EVENTS". As a USSF licensed referee registered with the state of OK, you will be eligible to be paid for providing referee services provided you remain in good standing with USSF and meet MTsc U requirements. Despite the fees MTsc U pays to host the clinics, there is a personal cost associated with these licensing clinics and the referee uniform and equipment. 3rd parties set and receive such costs. All licensing clinics are taught by 3rd party assigned and approved instructors.
Getting Started as a New Referee
How to Become a Soccer Referee in Oklahoma
Every year the demand for soccer referees grows. While it's great to bolster our numbers with more youth referees, as more and more kids play deeper into their high school and college years, and then go on to play amateur soccer, the need for adult referees is greater than ever.
The minimum age to become a referee is 13 years. This is set by the United States Soccer Federation and cannot be waived or modified by the State Referee Committee or any club or league. The US Soccer learning center will not allow anyone under the age of 13 to create a referee profile.
Grassroots Referee Course
This is the first course to take to become a soccer referee in Oklahoma. It is divided into online and in-person components:
1. ONLINE - US Soccer Learning Center
2. In-Person Grassroots Field Session (3 hours)
Online Grassroots Referee Course @ US Soccer Learning Center
This is the first step toward becoming a new referee. This covers the Laws of the Game as well practical learning about what it means to be a referee, what is expected of you and what you can expect, as well. You must complete the Online Grassroots course before you can enroll in and attend an In-Person course.
Click "Sign Up" to begin creating your referee profile.
Once you are signed up and logged in, choose "Courses" from the top menu.
On the "Courses" page, click the "Available Courses" tab.
Under "Grassroots Courses" select "Online Course" and then "Proceed to Registration"
Once you have completed the Online course, print your completion certificate to take to the in-person course.
YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND AN IN-PERSON COURSE WITHOUT
PROOF OF COMPLETION OF THE ONLINE COURSE
IMPORTANT: You are not a registered referee after completing the on-line course. You must also attend and complete, with satisfactory participation, both the classroom and field sessions of an In-Person Grassroots Course. The Oklahoma State Referee Committee will deny registration and approval for any candidate found officiating any USSF affiliated match before completing all requirements and being listed on OK's Approved Referee list. "Match" includes any league games, tournament games, academy games and any friendly or scrimmage.
In-Person Grassroots Referee Course
After successfully completing the Online course, you will then enroll in an on filed session which is a two-hour field session.
For the field session:
Most referee courses are offered in August and February, before the main fall and spring seasons, respectively, though there will be a small amount of classes every month except May, June and July. You can find a list of scheduled referee classes below. The classes are scheduled by club request, so if you don't see anything in your area talk to your club's board members to ask if they have plans to schedule a class in the near future.
SCHEDULED IN-PERSON REFEREE CLASSES
The following incentives are provided to new and existing referees depending upon the basis:
If you are new to MTsc U or a newly licensed referee, this basis applies to you.
The following incentives are designed to provide assistance with the cost of becoming a referee through a reimbursement program. These incentives are in addition to the Referee Pay Schedule. They are available to any individual who is new to MTsc U by either (a) not having provided referee services during the past 12 months for MTsc U, or (b) an individual attending a license clinic for the first time. With proof of payment and attendance via passing the required exam at such licensing clinic then:
If you have provided referee services to MTsc U for either or both of the previous two seasons, this basis applies to you:
The following incentives are designed to provide assistance with the cost of becoming a referee through a reimbursement program. These incentives are in addition to the Referee Pay Schedule. These incentives are available only to any referee who have provided services to MTsc U during either or both of the previous two seasons and attends (1) a preseason Referee Orientation and (2) an intra-season Referee Roundtable. In addition, a commitment form must be submitted to qualify for the following additional pay.
NOTE: To be eligible for both the cost reimbursement and the Merit Bonus worth more than $75.00, the referee MUST
NOTE : Payment to referees will be done during the Referee “End-of-Season” meeting following the last Saturday game day of the recreational soccer season or such other announced date.
Pre-Season Referee Orientation. In support of each season, a Referee Orientation will be held prior to the season to review Club procedures, approach to game assignments, check-in reminders, Law changes and club rules, etc. with all MTsc U referees. All referees are highly encouraged to attend.
Referee Roundtable Discussions. It is MTsc U’s intention to hold Referee Roundtable Discussions to be scheduled as many as two times per season. The purpose of the roundtable discussion is to allow referees to present game day challenges experienced, ask questions and raise concerns to a broader group to allow for best practice sharing, advice and instruction from roundtable participants, MTsc U’s Referee Assignor and the MTsc U Director of Referee Education in addition to updates and reminders relative to game day practices. Additionally, concerns and issues provided by coaches via email will be reviewed and discussed with Club referees in order to address issues that coaches have faced during game days. These roundtable discussions will be scheduled approximately on the fourth game day and a week or two after the last game day of each recreational soccer season (subject to availability of MTsc U volunteers). Participation at these roundtable discussions is limited to referees, MTsc U Board members, MTsc U Directors and MTsc U Officials.