Rowlett Soccer Association Hosts Referee Mentoring Session

On Sunday, Feb. 24, with support from North Texas Soccer Association, Rowlett Soccer Association held an on-site Referee Mentoring Session at the Rowlett City Park Fields.

Ali Hussein, RYSA Referee Development Director, coordinated the session. Those in attendance included:

  • More than 35 referees from four cities — Rowlett, Mesquite, Rockwall and Wylie
  • Multiple mentors (state referees and very experienced Grade 8 referees)
  • Two representatives from North Texas Soccer Association
  • Seven U10 and U12 teams from Rowlett, Mesquite and Rockwall, plus 10-12 coaches

During the two-hour session, the referees were divided into three groups based on experience and skill levels. The various teams scrimmaged on three separate fields and games were officiated by both experienced and inexperienced referees, while additional groups of referees watched the games from different viewpoints on the fields. This helped in facilitating the discussions around various topics, including:

  1. Referee positions on the field for set-plays (fouls, corner kicks, throw-ins and penalty kicks) and during live action on the field
  2. Penalty-kick mechanics
  3. Restarts and foul recognitions
  4. Referee and assistant referee signals
  5. AR duties
  6. Pregame briefings
  7. Handling coaches and spectators
  8. Field safety
  9. General referee mentoring tips for first-time U8-and-below and inexperienced referees
  10. Open questions and answers

The session was engaging to the referees, as it allowed them to watch live game action while positively critiquing referee actions on the field during each scrimmage. This also allowed the coaches to develop an understanding of what to do in certain game situations based on the set-plays that were executed several times to emphasize various points to the referees.

This was a very beneficial session to all attending referees, players, and coaches.

Many thanks to Fred Hiler (NTX State Referee Committee Chairman), Don Rupley (NTX Area Coordinator), Andy Upton (Mesquite Assignor and Referee), and Ali Hussein (USSF State Referee and RYSA Referee Development Director) for making this a successful event, and just in time for a great start of the 2013 spring soccer season for all four cities.

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