REFEREE ABUSE GUIDELINES - 2008

REFEREE ABUSE GUIDELINES - 2008

Posted 09/22/2008 - 14:50 by admin

REFEREE ABUSE GUIDELINES FOR YOUTH SOCCER USSF MATCHES

MSYSA is now taking a very active roll in attempting to curtail this type of behavior at youth matches.  The Adjudication Committee, headed by Ray Greenberg, and MSYSA's Executive Director, Marie Langford, are fully supporting referees in these situations.  Over the Memorial Day 2008 weekend, there were two incidents reported.  One was a U-14 parent who went after a 16-year old youth referee for red carding his son.  The parent ended up pushing and spitting on an adult AR who had stepped in to protect the referee.  The second was a parent who informed the referee after the match that he should, "go back to the jungle where he came from."  At the hearings, the Adjudication Committee levied a 3-year suspension against the first parent and a 1 year suspension against the second.  This suspension bans them from attending any USSF sanctioned event in any capacity and is supported by USSF.

Reports of abuse/assault at youth matches should now be submitted through the MSYSA web site: www.msysa.org-->Referees-->Incident Report Ray and Marie feel like this type of behavior is out of control and are prepared to deal with it harshly enough so that the word gets out that it won't be tolerated.  I am optimistic that this will help as long as we, as referees, do our part in completely and objectively reporting these incidents promptly.This report will take the place of a USSF Game Report for youth matches (obviously this does not apply to adult matches).  When the report is "sent" via the web site, it is automatically distributed to the Adjudication Committee as well as the SRA and SYRA. Terry MillerState Director of Instruction