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Referee Resources

Yes, it is more than OK.  Players are encouraged to become referees.  It can even help them to become better players!

The Player Referee Organization (PRO) is a program designed to help teenage players become a referee.  PRO referees are provided training, mentoring, and opportunities to challenge themselves.  Teenage referees gain a variety of benefits from being a referee, including self-confidence, assertiveness, problem-solving skills and increased communication abilities.  The training and time refereeing games can also earn them community service points, as AYSO is a non-profit, volunteer, community organization.

You must first complete an AYSO volunteer application and be approved as an AYSO volunteer by your local AYSO Region. Once you are approved as a volunteer, the training to become an AYSO referee is provided to you for free. You should contact your AYSO Region’s Referee Administrator to get more information about the training schedule for referees in your Region.  See Volunteer Requirements for more information.

They are us: volunteers. Many referees start when their children are young and move up with them. Referee training is provided for all age groups and levels.

AYSO is a volunteer organization; we all do it for the kids. Each season we need as many referees as coaches if not more.  Refereeing is easier and less of a time commitment. AYSO is about playing Fun, Fair and Safe. Our referee training is what makes it possible. If there is no official to referee a game the kids don’t get to play.

RMS Information & Updates

It is on the development list to provide Regions with default Region wide volunteer positions (as opposed to division positions). In the meantime:

  • Add a New Registration Form/Program
  • Select MY 2017, Core, and name it “2017 Volunteer Program”
  • Edit the 2017 Volunteer Program – add a nice message about volunteering
  • Skip the required player questions/default to required questions
  • Skip Discounts & Fees
  • Add Volunteer roles; Display roles offered; save settings
  • Update Program Email for Volunteers.
  • Under Division Details, enter a $0 price, set the age range to a future birth date so no one can register as a player in the program.
  • Instruct volunteers to select “I am volunteering to be a team coach or official.”

This Blue Sombrero feature allows potential volunteers to tell the Region that they want to be “team coach for 8UB and assistant coach for 6UG” when they have multiple children and they are volunteering for team related positions like team coach, assistant coach, team parent/manager or Division Coordinator.

Because some programs may need to ask additional questions depending on the division, such as licensing, practice/game time availability, etc., the system presents the application process for each division.

We recognize the dramatic change, confusion and frustration this change causes and it is on our list for reconsideration. Region wide volunteer position registration for referees, board members and other non-team positions, is already on the development plan as well.

In the short term, for team volunteers, we recommend that they pick one position/division; complete the application, eSignature and background check if required; and save it.

Team volunteers can then request other volunteer positions by going back to the Account User Profile, select Volunteers and request other positions. They will still be presented with an application for each position, but the applications will be prepopulated with their answers and only require an eSignature. The system will not submit duplicate background checks.

Yes, the same options as in eAYSO will be available.

There will not be data transfer to Blue Sombrero. All the historical data will remain in eAYSO and all new information will be updated from Blue Sombrero through Application Program Interfaces (APIs).

  • Certifications: Certifications will continue to be associated with the volunteer record when the volunteer applies on Blue Sombrero.
  • Player Ratings: Player Ratings will not transfer from eAYSO to the new player record. Any player ratings stored in Blue Sombrero will stay associated with that player season to season and they can be used in automatic team assignment.
  • Player/Volunteer history: All player and volunteer information will continue to update in eAYSO.

Safety Policies, Forms, & Insurance

Agents are looking for two things. Firstly, that the AYSO ID is valid and exists in the AYSO membership database? And secondly, is the player or volunteer registered for the season in which the injury occurred?

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