So, you want to be a referee. Here is what you need to do.
and let me know you have are interested in being a referee.
Go to the massref website and sign up for a course. If you are 15 or younger sign up for a grade 9 course. If you are older than 15 then sign up for a grade 8 course. The fee is $90. If you played in the JPYS program, JPYS will reimburse you $70 towards the course fee once you have refereed 10 games. Course run from late June to late August and mid-November to late March.
Here is an overview of the entire process of becoming a certified referee in Massachussetts that you should review
Once you have completed the course, go to the BAYS web site and register as a referee. In the second step apply to the Jamaica Plain, Hill House, and South End Rush clubs.
Email me (
) and let me know you have completed the course. If you currently play for JPYS tell me the team. Otherwise send me an email telling me about your playing career - are you still playing? for whom? What was the highest level you played?
Get a uniform, watch, and whistle. I recommend going to We Got Soccer (just past Gillete Stadium on rtw 1) and trying on a uniform. They sell starter kits for around $50 that have everything but a watch. If you played in the JPYS program, JPYS will reimburse you $50 towards the cost of a uniform, once you have refereed 10 games. I also have some uniforms that I can give out to people, so contact me if you want to try an almost new uniform.
Please buy a wristwatch with a countdown timer on it. Do not buy a stopwatch that you wear around you neck.
OK, I'm registered. What can I expect?
We will have a preseason meeting to go over the basics of being a referee. This will be an on-field session where you will get hands-on training on being a referree and assitant referee.
You will watch several games with an experienced referee, discussing with them what you see on the field.
You will do several 8v8 games as an assistant referee. The first game or two a mentor will be with you to do on-the job training.
You will start refereeing the Academy games on Sunday afternoon.
You will do 6v6 BAYS games
You will move to older games, as your growth as a referee warrants.
(If you are an adult, we'll obviously accelerate your career)