If you would like to become a referee for the League, please read the paragraphs below. If you have any problems and/or questions please e-mail the NCSC Referees Assigner, George Garcia at
or 203-840-1234 or you can contact the referee director Cristobal Cuba 203-4347927 or Aleyda Caceres at 203-854-9926
All of the League games (2nd grade through 9th grade) need referees to run the game so that the coaches can focus on coaching their young players. NCSC believes that this is a wonderful opportunity for our Travel players to get involved, gain experience, and make money too! These "Black Shirt" referees are there to create a professional feel for the games. They do the equipment checks, control the clock, make the out-of-bounds and foul calls, and often encourage these young kids how to play better, teaching both by example and with instruction.
Anyone on a Travel team U-12 or higher. If not playing Travel, you must be in 7th grade or older.
Rec (League) Refs paid $20/game.
Certification 8 Center referee $60.00 and $30.00 for AR
During the season, beginning Sunday evening and by no later then Wednesday morning all referees should register their availability for the upcoming Saturday on our website www.NCSC.org. We will attempt to notify you as soon as possible.
If you record your availability- YOU WILL BE ASSIGNED GAMES.
Assignments - Recreation
Assignments will usually be done by Friday mornings, and your assignment will be sent via eMail. You can also check the referee link. If your name is listed, it is your responsibility to referee the game.
NCSC supplies each League ref with a black T-shirt that can be picked up at the Athletic Shoe Factory, along with your timecard. Each ref must provide their own stopwatch and whistle.
• NO SLIDE TACKLES! Never. Any player who slide tackles should be verbally cautioned, in addition to the foul called. Any repeat offender should be benched for the remainder of the half. No coach or parent should complain about this.
• No direct kicks or penalty kicks for recreational games.
• No offsides for recreational games.
You must record each and every game you work on the timecard provided (Yes, an index card will do). One game per line with the date, game start time and field listed. Following the game you must have one of the coaches initial that game (line).
Dealing with Kids
When you are on the field, you take on the responsibility of being the referee in charge of the game. As you know from your Travel games, there are good refs and bad refs - you should try to act like one of the good refs you have seen. It's OK to smile and be nice, but you are there to make sure that the game is fair and safe. You should also do an equipment check including jewelry (no one may play without shinguards). Anything around the neck, arms must come off. Earings must be removed with one exception: should it be a “little one” (2nd to 4th grade) with newly pierced ears, they can be taped.
Do it the same way they start the Travel games. When you call a foul, explain what the player did wrong. For indirect kicks, including goal and corner kicks, be sure to place the ball at the proper spot and provide guidance to the players as to what should happen next. For throw-ins, use your own discretion about teaching the kids how to do it, and how many retries you allow. As the season progresses, you may decide to award the ball to the other team if there are too many poor re-tries.
Dealing with Parents and Coaches
At the beginning of each game you should introduce yourself to both coaches and confirm the length of the game. The more professionally you start off, the less hassle you will get during the game.
All coaches and parents have been cautioned about harassing the refs. However, sometimes they forget. Dealing with difficult parents is a fact of life in all sports. WSA does not condone inappropriate behavior by any coaches or parents. But you are the ref, and sometimes you make an unpopular call, and even the occasional error. In general, you have the following options when dealing with difficult adults: First, ignore them. Second, make your call again louder: "That's a trip by No. 10 blue! White ball!" Third, if you think it is appropriate, go with your ref partner and talk with the coach during a break between quarters. Explain what you called and why. If he still disagrees, just say "That's the way I saw it. That's the call." and walk away. You are allowed to make mistakes, and you may tell the coach if you wish to acknowledge the error, but you can't change the call.
If a coach or parent is still abusive, you should appeal to the opposing coach for assistance. Also, if there is an older referee around, you can ask for their guidance. Last, but most important, let the Director of Referees know immediately following the game. If possible, provide the name of the coach or at least the team name and age group. The Director will contact the coach and/or the specific Division Commissioner and resolve the issue.
The Director also likes to hear about positive experiences and good coaches.
Getting Certified by the USSF
Any player U-13 or older may take the official Level 8 Referee Certification course to obtain a license to ref Travel games (Yellow Shirts). This is an excellent badge to have and will allow you to work (make good money) anywhere.
Check to see when the next courses are scheduled at the CJSA Ref Web Site: