Getting Ready for Spring Soccer

Spring is Just Around the Corner

Are you ready for some Futbol?

You should also be checking through your gear and uniforms to make sure that you are ready to hit the ground running. I have an expectation that a new referee with the Fall season under his or her belt will have one or more alternate jerseys and a long-sleeve yellow. As a self-employed professional you need to invest in your business if you want to grow your business. Here is a good starting list for your second season of work:

  • The Basics (beyond or enhancing your starter kit):
    • Two pairs of referee shorts (no white-trimmed basketball shorts)
    • Long-sleeve yellow jersey
    • Short-sleeve black jersey (can be worn with LS black sweat shirt as alternate cold weather jersey)
    • Third short-sleeve jersey (green is a popular choice)
    • Two pairs of 3-stripe and two pairs of 2-stripe socks
    • Extra/different whistle (not a pea whistle)
    • Second (back-up) watch with timer
    • Second (back-up) pair of black shoes (different sole surface, e.g. turf versus flat, cleats versus turf, etc.)
    • Black duffel/gym bag
  • Cold-Weather Gear:
    • Black long-sleeve sweat shirt/cold shirt
    • Plain black windbreaker/jacket
    • Black knit hat and gloves

SPRING TOURNAMENTS: There are several in-season tournaments in the Spring. I do not assign any that occur on what would otherwise be a league weekend. If you are looking for tournaments, a good place to start is the NJ Youth Soccer Tournament Directory at IMPORTANT: I know when these tournaments are; you know when these tournaments are. If you have submitted a request to work a tournament, BLOCK your league schedules for those dates when you make the request. If you do not get the tournament gig, unblock yourself and let me know you are available. I will likely be able to find you games. This is far better that contacting me on a Tuesday to turn back the assignments you have had for over a week. The adverse ripple effect on the system is significant. It is unfair to me, your customers (the teams) and your colleagues.

Worse are the few who feel compelled to make up an excuse! Kind of embarrassing to call me up and say you have to wash your hair this weekend and then I am working on the field next to you at the tournament (also unethical). If you intend to work a tournament, have the professional courtesy not to request to work somewhere else at the same time (i.e. don’t leave yourself available for league assignments “just in case”). Again, it is a rare weekend that we cannot find games for people a few days out.

Stay warm and safe (it’s a good time to sit by the fire and read the Laws of the Game again). See you outdoors in a few weeks…


About Dan Paolini

Soccer & Futsal Referee Assignor

Posted on February 15, 2014, in Advice Posts and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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