Essex County Youth Soccer Association

New Referee Orientation Meetings

ABout New Referee Orientations

NROs are primarily for referees who have yet to set foot on a field as a referee. That said, anyone who lacks experience, confidence or, maybe has done a season or two of your in-town program and feels ready for the next step in your referee career should attend. Are you looking for a bit more challenge? Then these are for you. They will be fun, informative, friendly, and safe.

Brand new certified referees who wish to officiate ECYSA games must attend one of these orientations. If you have never set foot on a field as a referee in ECYSA, attending one is mandatory. If you don't have much referee experience, you should attend an orientation. Referees who were new last Fall, should strongly consider coming to another one. It will be very helpful. They are no cost to you. ECYSA runs these. You need not sign up at You do however need to let Ben Reed know in advance, via email, which one you will attend.

If you are under 18 years of age, it would be helpful (and strongly encouraged) if a parent could stay for the class.

What You Will Learn

These orientations are designed to teach the nuts and bolts of refereeing in ECYSA. We will cover pregame duties, game management, whistle use and mechanics, and post-game duties.

In addition, you will:

  • Get to meet your assignor face to face in a small group.
  • Learn how to properly check in a team by ECYSA standards.
  • Learn hints and refereeing tricks of the trade.
  • Learn other refereeing basics, too

What To Bring

  • Bring a filled out W-9 form with you!
  • Wear your uniform, and bring all your referee gear. Wear shoes designed for indoor use - the orientations will take place indoors.
  • Bring a whistle, paper, and something to write with.

Schedule For Spring 2019

These meetings will start on time, so please arrive early!

DateStart TimeEnd TimeWhere
March 176:00 PM8:30 PMPolish Club of Danvers, 12 Cheever St. Danvers, MA 01923
March 245:00 PM7:30 PMPolish Club of Danvers, 12 Cheever St. Danvers, MA 01923
March 309:30 AM12:00 PMPolish Club of Danvers, 12 Cheever St. Danvers, MA 01923
April 69:30 AM12:00 PMSecond Congregational Church of Boxford, 173B Washington St (Route 133), Boxford MA, 01921
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