Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer provides a safe and sportsmanlike atmosphere for the youth of Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and surrounding Boston neighborhoods.
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So, you want to be a referee. Here is what you need to do.

  1. Email and let me know you have are interested in being a referee.
  2. 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.
  3. Here is an overview of the entire process of becoming a certified referee in Massachussetts that you should review
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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)