Large Team of Referees Needed To Keep Order On The Soccer Fields During The Summer

With almost 1500 boys and girls playing soccer this summer, it takes a large team of dedicated officials to make sure that everyone enjoys their experience. 

The three young referees in the photo were part of the 2005 squad and are shown in this article just prior to doing a game between Desjardins’ Food Basics and Elmview Playground in the Over-25 adult division. From the left we have Caitlin Hetu (15, in her 4th year as a referee), Scott Cliff (19, in his 6th year), and Jen Moyle (19, in her 7th year).  Jen was the Assistant Referee-in-Chief last year. She is a graduate of Confederation Secondary School was planning on entering the five-year Concurrent Education Program in Bio-Chemistry at Laurentian University. Jen also played on a team in the Under 25 division. 

“We have a pretty good split of boys and girls refereeing this summer,” explained Jen referring to the 90 officials between the ages of 12 and 24 who were  working the fields in 2005. “There are only about five of us with more than seven years experience, so some of the senior referees are on the field almost every night doing the older divisions. The first year referees may get one game a week, but on average people get to do a couple of games every week.”

Jen and her assistant, Rob Deschamps, spent time each evening supervising younger referees, giving them tips and coaching in order to improve their skills. The Referee In Chief was Anne Blanchette. Jen is also a Class III Referee under the National Soccer Association Certification program. This allows her to officiate in competitive level competitions. In order to become qualified to referee in the league, a person must attend a 10-hour clinic which is conducted by representatives from Sudbury . Every year after that, the referees take a brief refresher course at the beginning of the season. Entry level referees are Class IV Officials.

Anyone who is interested in officiating for the 2006 season should visit the League organizers during registrations at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre and discuss their intentions.

If you can't make it out to the registrations, call 969-8497 and leave a message.

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