WHY I CAN'T BE A REFEREE
To save you the trouble of being redundantly creative, we have condensed here most of the common excuses for non-participation in this most critical function in the AYSO program. For your convenience, just put an X alongside the excuse or excuses, which best apply to you, sign your name and hand it in with your child's application OR....volunteer to be a referee and learn how much fun soccer can be, not just for
your child, but for you as well.
I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING (ENOUGH) ABOUT THE GAME!
Most of us knew little, or less than you, about soccer when we became referees...not to worry.... for the investment of a day (8 hours) we will train you with more knowledge of the laws of the game than most Americans ever possess.
I DON'T HAVE TIME!
Being a referee is the perfect job for AYSO parents with crowded schedules. Your commitment consists of eight hours of class and, when the season begins, games scheduled around your child's games (when you would be down at the fields anyway.)
I'M NOT THE RIGHT KIND OF PERSON
Yes you are. You obviously care about your child. This is a youth program run by volunteers. Referees are an integral part of keeping the game Safe, Fun and Fair.
I'M IN TOO HIGH A TAX BRACKET TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE EXTRA INCOME!!
Not to worry. When we last heard satisfaction and enjoyment were not yet taxable. Since that will be your only compensation (AYSO is a volunteer organization) we suggest you collect as much compensation as you can.
I'D LOOK SILLY IN THAT UNIFORM
Good heavens....you obviously haven't seen the Referee Administrator!
I'D BE EMBARRASSED!
Everyone makes mistakes (even those of us who have been reffing for years.) The important thing is to approach the job with enthusiasm and enjoyment, because that will be passed on to the players and coaches. Also, we have experienced referee mentors who can help you get used to being a ref.
I'M A WOMAN - I NEVER SEE THEM REFEREE!
Wrong! We have many women qualified as referees - AND THEY ARE GREAT. We could use more - and it's great exercise too!
I DON'T CARE!!!
Well here it is - if in fact you are signing up your child to play AYSO soccer and you honestly don't care about the quality, safety, or enjoyment involved in this program...then you have the ultimate excuse and we no longer have to ask why, because, you CAN'T BE A REFEREE, and that is that. However, if this last excuse does not apply to you (and we hope it doesn't), then we need you badly. In return, we promise you:
AND....you'll never be able to watch any major sport quite the same way again. On top of that....the kids will be darn glad that you were there. ONE FINAL NOTE...If you still don't think you are the right kind of person for this job...you took the time to read this whole page...that means you care...that means you are EXACTLY the right kind of person.