Referee Administrator

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The Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) – is one of the 7 required Regional Board positions as specified in the National Bylaws and Standard Regional Policies and Protocols. The RRA position is intended to implement, monitor, and maintain the AYSO National Referee Program including program delivery, staff development, communication, and coordination at the regional level.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The Regional Referee Administrator is expected to perform their duties consistent with the directions as detailed in the training, certification, and continuing education provided by AYSO for this position including:

  • Registering referees annually.
  • Working with the Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA) to ensure all referees are registered, trained & certified.
  • Appointing a Regional Director of Referee Instruction (RDI).
  • Appointing a Regional Director of Referee Assessment (RDA).
  • Developing a schedule for training and game coverage.
  • Preparing an annual budget.
  • Communication – before, during and after the season.
  • Providing leadership and be an active role model.
  • Promoting Stewards of the Game and referee welfare within the Region.
  • Representing the Region at Area meetings.
  • Knowing rules at the Region, Area, Section, and National level.
  • Working with RC, Region Coach Administrator and Region staff.
  • Identifying and train a successor.
  • Collaborating with the Area Referee Administrator (ARA).

Qualifications and Desired Skills

To be considered for the position of regional referee administrator, the applicant must:

  1. Annually submit a Volunteer Application Form and be approved as a volunteer in an AYSO region;
  2. Pass the AYSO screening and background check;
  3. Complete Referee Administrator Training;
  4. Complete AYSO Safe Haven Certification;
  5. Have administrative management skills;
  6. Have experience in program planning, implementing, and knowledge of the needs of the region;
  7. Have acknowledged, unswerving commitment to the AYSO philosophy;
  8. Be well familiar with the AYSO National Referee Program; and
  9. Be detail-oriented.

Supervision Protocols

While performing as the Referee Administrator, the volunteer is:

  1. Subject to the bylaws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines of AYSO;
  2. Under the overall authority of and directly supervised by the regional commissioner, and supervised indirectly by the area referee administrator; and
  3. To maintain the recommended adult to child supervision ratio of 1:8 or less; that is one adult for every eight or fewer children and two adults (one of whom may be the coach and one of whom should be of the same gender as the group) present at all times. For the protection of both the children and the volunteer, no volunteer should permit himself or herself to be alone with any child or group of children (except his or her own) during AYSO-sponsored activities.

Time Commitment

Time commitment will vary depending on Region size and length of playing season(s). For the typical AYSO Region, the Referee Administrator will devote about 8 hours per week per playing season.

Orientation, Certification, Training, and Continued Education Provided

To prepare a volunteer for the position of Referee Administrator, AYSO will offer the following educational opportunities that the Referee Administrator is expected to take advantage of and participate in, as appropriate:

  1. Orientation by the Regional Commissioner - 1 hour;
  2. AYSO"s Safe Haven Certification - 30 minutes;
  3. Safe Sport Certification - 2 hours;
  4. CDC Concussion Training - 30 minutes;
  5. Referee Administrator Training - 1¼ hours;
  6. Dispute Resolution Training - 1¼ hours;
  7. Due Process Training 1¼ hours;
  8. Various workshops at the annual EXPO