The Jr. Referee program is a program for WYSA and is in response to the State level change to make all Referees age 14 or older. This has created a shortage of referees and especially our In-Town (U7 and U8) program has suffered since the change.
Registration for this program will launch in late February--but there are limited spots! Spring In-Town soccer only plays ~ 80 total games, so with each Ref working 4-6 games, a total of only 20 Refs are required!!
The Jr. Referee will undergo a training session not affiliated with the State Referee program that will 'Certify' these Jr. Referee's to work In-Town, Sunday Afternoon games in Westboro only. This will serve as a training ground for 12 and 13 year old, Westborough resident youth with soccer playing experience interested in becoming Referees. Once they reach 14, these will be eligible to take the State course and receive a Grade 8 Referee License and work BAYS and other league games.
Training will include a face-to-face session and several short on-line training modules from USA Soccer Referee training program.
Initially, Mentors will be available at the fields to assist and train the Jr. Referees. Mentors will be other experienced Referees and will speak with Jr. Referees at halftime or when games end to provide feedback and guidance.
Games will be Sunday afternoon's (TBD) and a rotation will be used to ensure all Jr. Referee's get experience working at the U7 & U8 game level
The Jr. Referee's will be paid directly from WYSA at $25 per game they Referee. Payment will be made in a single check at the end of the In-Town season.