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Referee's Information


Do you have an older student interested in earning some extra spending money? Students in grades 7+ can referee our rec soccer games – no experience is required. All referees must attend our referee’s clinic at the beginning of the season and have their own transportation to the games.

Q. What should I bring to the game?
A. CAA will provide grey referee T-shirts, a whistle, and a lanyard. You'll need to bring all of this to each game in addition to a time keeping device (a cell phone or stopwatch) and an index card (see below for more details).

Q. How do I get paid?
A. Getting paid is a simple three step process.

1. Before each game, please fill out a CAA Referee Card with your name, your Referee ID #, the Game #, the date of the game and the teams that are playing, Print legibly - if we can't read your writing, we cannot pay you.

2. At the game, make sure both coaches sign the CAA Referee Card.

3. After the game, take a picture or scan your signed CAA Referee Card and e-mail it to the CAA Referee Coordinator

During the season, we will review time cards and issue checks every few weeks. After the last game ends, you have two weeks to send in your last time card(s). Time cards sent in more than two weeks after the last game of the season may not be paid.

Q. How do I know which games I'll be refereeing?
A. Schedules will be made as soon as they're available. Once the schedules are made, it is your responsibility to show up, on time for the games (10 minutes prior to scheduled game time). If something comes up and you can't make a game, it is your responsibility to email the referee coordinator - and the other referees - as soon as you're aware of the situation.

For more information as to when the games are (days of the week and times), please see the question entitled "How many games are there? When are the games? What night will the games be on?" in our FAQ.

Q. How many games will I be able to referee?
A. Referee schedules are developed based on a wide variety of criteria and no two seasons are the same. There are some things that you can do to help ensure that you get scheduled as often as possible:

  • Show up, on time, for all games to which you've been assigned
  • Conduct yourself professionally, both on and off the field. Coaches will notice and tell the referee coordinator, and the coordinator will want to schedule you for more games. Remember:
    • Come prepared. Arrive 10 minutes or more before the game starts. Bring your whistle, CAA Referee Card (print legibly!) ready for the coaches signatures, timekeeping device, and your grey referee shirt.
    • Blow your whistle LOUDLY
    • CLEARLY, LOUDLY indicate what your call is ("BLUE THROW-IN")
  • Whenever possible, sub for other referees that need a replacement
  • Everyone has things that come up from time to time. If you can't make one of your games, do everything you can to give the referee coordinator - and the other referees - as much advance notice as possible. This will make it more likely that someone will be able to sub for you.
  • Clearly communicate your schedule to the referee coordinator. If you clearly state which days you can work and which days you can't, the coordinator will be better prepared to make a schedule that works for you.

For more information, please contact the CAA Referee Coordinator

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