Having a successful first season is critical in determining whether or not a young ref will return for a second season. My first season, like most of you, began in an effort to earn some money by being involved in a sport that I cared so much about: soccer. I went in unsure of what to expect which is why I have written this article for you.
It was my first game, under 12 girls at Rachel Carson Middle School. I was one of the assistants, an old teammate of mine was the other.
-Expect Younger Assignments-
Mr. Vranus was our middle for the two game set that day. He talked us through a pregame; we put on our uniforms and checked in the teams. I was ready.
The first game was great. I talked to the rest of my crew about decisions that were made: why was that mechanic used? What was their thought process?
-Expect to ask questions-
I proceeded to talk to Mr. Vranus about his reffing career. I was so interested in all that he had experienced – that’s when he offered me the second center.
I was terrified, but I held my head high, went out on the field and called an amazing game.
-Expect to use confidence-
A few weeks later I experienced for the first time a feisty assistant coach. This particular woman refused to accept that one of her players had to remove the bracelet she was wearing.
-Expect to take charge-
I endured her yelling for the 60 minute game. Afterward I asked the head coach for his assistant’s name. I called my assignor to report the incident. The coach was later removed from the league.
As the season progressed further, I realized how much I truly loved the officiating aspect of soccer. Through my 5 ½ years of reffing I have met so many people and each one has contributed to my success in some way. Many fellow referees are my best friends.
In the end, your first season has the greatest effect on the rest of your reffing career; however at the same time, do not let one setback ruin your love for the game.
-Expect to love it-
Written for PWSRA by Cassie Ferrari, the two-time Virginia Young Female Referee of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and the Region I and National Young Female Referee of the Year in 2008.
Cassie (r) pictured with Ryan White, as VYSA Young Referees of the Year