2020 Referee Certification Information

Register to take the referee certification course, to be held in Marquette at the Days Inn on March 14, 2019 9am-12pm (note, referees certified in the past need only take the in person re-certification course on Saturday, March 14 from 1-3pm -all students must take some on-line courses in preparation of the certification course, described below).

– Go to Michigan Referee website:
Click on “Class Registration”, then click on “To log in and register, click here” Past users should use their prior username and passwords. New users – click on “New Users”, highlighted in green, and follow instructions
Once logged in, click on “Courses”, then “Referee Courses”. Referees with prior certification should register for the “2020 Grade 8 Re Certification” course by clicking on course number. New referees should register for the “2020 Grade 8 Bridge” course by clicking on ” 28202-BRIDG”.

– Registration may require a “Grade/Age Code” to be entered, if you are not yet 14 years of age when registering – expectation is that you turn 14 prior to refereeing. If you have an error message during registration that requires an age override code, please the contact the person listed in the course description (“Venue Contact”) or Scott Guidebeck, SSA Director of Referees, at the email below.
Both Grade 8 Bridge and Re-Cert courses each cost $67.50 to attend and shall be paid for by the registrant at the time of registration. Similar to last year, SSA referees that satisfactorily complete the season will be reimbursed the entire $67.50 course fee. As a reminder, referees will be reimbursed based on the following:

-Referee at least 5 games throughout the SSA Recreation season (each referee will be guaranteed at least 5 games and depending on number or referees and an individual’s schedule limitations, we anticipate at least 10 games assigned to each)

-If a referee has one unexcused absence, 1/2 of the certification cost will be forfeited

-If a referee has a second unexcused absence, the entire certification cost will be forfeited
(As a reminder, an unexcused absence is essentially a “no show” where the referee has not made a concerted effort to find a replacement for a game they are assigned for and cannot attend due to scheduling conflict. Medical and family emergencies would be considered excused.)

-The first 25 referees to sign up will be eligible for reimbursement (note that other referees not associated with SSA recreation league will be in the certification course, so the number of referees signed up for the course is not indicative of the 25 limit. Please feel free to contact Scott Guidebeck if you plan to sign up and have questions regarding number of referees signed up for SSA Recreation)

-Cost of training will be reimbursed with the final paycheck if all requirements are met

Once registered, you will be instructed in your registration entry to complete concussion awareness and other preliminary training online. This must be completed prior to attending the certification course in March. Last year, I think it only took about an hour or so to complete all online training.
If you plan to become certified or re-certified, please register as soon as possible. Courses are only held if there are enough participants attending.

Below are the pay scales for the 2019 season. Generally, we assign more experienced referees to the older divisions and new referees to the younger divisions. We do our best to assign referees to games as fairly as possible, but there are logistical and other considerations that may affect scheduling. In the past, if a referee is eager and available, there are usually a number of opportunities to sub in for games that other referees cannot make in addition to the scheduled games assigned at the beginning of the season.

Referee pay scale:
Field Supervisors-$15/hour

We’ll plan to have a referee meeting to go over the season expectations, etc. in mid-late April. During the meeting, we’ll cover referee responsibilities and provide you with information and have you fill out any necessary forms. We’ll also hand out referee shirts and whistles at that time. More information on the meeting will be provided after the certification course is complete in March.

Scott Guidebeck, Director of Referees

Risk Management: Anyone 18 and older must possess a current risk management card or they won’t receive there patch and USSF card (bring it with them) . For new referees and renewal risk management numbers go to the same site and click Risk Management on the menu and follow the instructions. For contacts put your name first and then mine.

All SSA referees are certified by the US Soccer Federation. It is the responsibility of the referee to enforce the Laws of the Game and all decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final. Harassing the referee is not acceptable! Harassment is defined as any derogatory remark or gesture (which by their nature embarrass or humiliate), or obscenities/profanity directed at referees or players (or the grass!), and/or any threatening remarks or gestures intended to intimidate the referee or players. Technically, the coach does not have the right to question the referee about any call. A coach may ask for clarification of a call by politely asking the ref what the infraction was. (Example: Excuse me sir, what was that last call, I missed it?) The referee is not obligated to respond. Harassing the referee by a coach/spectator will result in the following consequences:

  1. Warning the offending party (yellow card)*
  2. After the warning, if the problem continues the party may receive a red card and be asked to leave the field.
  3. If the offender refuses to leave, the referee MUST suspend the play until compliance is achieved.
  4. All else failing – the referee will terminate the match. This may result in the forfeiture of the game, or replaying the game without spectators if necessary.

*In case of a serious violation, the referee may choose to send off without warning. A yellow card should always be taken seriously. It is not just a warning – it is one-half of a red card!

2021 Summer Rec Registration Now Open!