Area 11 Referee Training Session

On Saturday, Aug. 3, NTSSA Area 11 hosted its 3rd Annual “All-Referee” Meeting. An idea that started with John Levitt (Grapevine-Southlake), Tom Brill (Colleyville) and Bob Simpson (Keller), has now grown to over 100 referees attending a Pre-Season In-service Meeting.

This year’s meeting was hosted at Hurst Community Soccer Fields (Jeff Loke, HUSA), and included invitees from throughout all six Associations in Area 11 (Bedford-Euless, Colleyville, Grapevine-Southlake, Greater Northwest, Hurst United, and Keller). Attendees included: Fred Hiler (Chairman, SRC), David Crawford (NTSSA VP Development/Area 11 Referee), Derrell Pitcock (past NTSSA VP Development, Cups & Games Chair/Area 11 Referee), and the Directors of Referees/Assignors for the member Soccer Associations.

The focus of this Annual Event (always the first Saturday in August) is to provide a collaborative effort to extend in-service training to our Area 11 Grade 8 and Grade 9 referees.

Each year has presented topics in both a group discussion/presentation format, and through field sessions.

This year’s speaker for the Field Session was Scott Hughes (USSF/NTSSA Gr 6). Topics of field session(s) have included Pre-Game, Foul Recognition/Selection, A/R responsibilities, Game and Player Management, and Professional Responsibilities of a USSF Referee.

Topics for the Group Presentation(s) have included Heat Issues (Guest Speaker from Texas Institute of Orthopedic Sports Medicine), Recertification Requirements/Upgrade process, NEW Referee Clinics and Grade Changes anticipated by 2014/2015.

Refreshments were provided by the local Associations supporting $25 for drinks/ice/snacks. The In-service meeting, however, was provided at no-charge to the referees.

As the six Associations play interleague in the Northern Mid-Cities Soccer League (NMCSL), these referees (at their home fields) provide the officiating for both home and away games for many of the same teams. The Referee Executive Committee of Area 11 (Chris Bonar/Julie Pitcock, BESA; Matt Brendel/David Ritchie, CSA; Tom Harlett/John Levitt, GSSA; Noel Najera/Jen Matte, GNWSA; Jeff Loke/Paul Tanaka, HUSA; Thomas Moran/Bob Simpson KSA) are dedicated to improving the skill and expertise of their referee corps through meetings like this, and local efforts during season.

“4th Annual Area 11 All Referee Meeting… See you on the First Saturday in August, 2014!”

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