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New referee classes and recertification/upgrade clinics for the 2018 registration cycle will be posted as they are scheduled.

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Fall 2017 New Referee (novice) Clinics


Congratulations Blaz Pesorda!

 (photo coming when I figure out how to embed it here)

For the first time, USASA President John Motta (second from the right) participated in the Pat Smith Award Presentation to Blaz Pesorda. OSAN estimated that Blaz refereed at least 2500 games for OSAN in his years as a Cleveland Referee. By far a record performance. He also was founder of the OSAN Referee Association, which today registers more than 2000 referees annually under the leadership of Tom Chapman, at extreme left in the picture. Others in the Picture are Blaz Pesorda (receiving the award), Dr. John Gyekenyesi, OSAN President, and Ken Baldeosingh (extreme right), Midwest Region Referee Commissioner.


Sponsoring a New Referee Clinic

Clinics for new referees are hosted by various organizations such as leagues, local referee associations, tournaments, etc. To request to host a new referee clinic the sponsor must provide a place to hold the clinic. New referee clinics are eight hours duration and may be scheduled for one day or over several days. Sponsors assume all responsibility for the cost of the clinic including any fee for the facility and pay for the instructors. Sponsors may charge participants up to $25.00 each to cover these costs. Once you decide to host a clinic, go to the Forms and Publication page and download the sponsorship agreement. When this is completed, contact the District Director of Instruction (DDI) for the district in which you live to verify that the dates are acceptable. Links to the DDI's e-mail may be found on the Ohio North Districts page. The DDI will assign instructors to the clinic and the District Referee Administrator will ensure that the participants are properly registered.

Game Assignments

Many officials ask how they can get assignments to the various leagues.

First step is to log onto ohnreferees.gameofficials.net with the same user ID and password that you used to register. Then change identity on the left and switch to Group 1155 OHN Assignments. You are now logged into the assigning system.

Once on the system, go to My Preferences on the left. This will let you choose which leagues you wish to work. You may also enter other preferences in the misc preferences section to limit yourself to so many games per day, etc. Save your preferences.

Next, go to my availability on the left. Enter the dates you are available and for the areas you wish to work on those days. Be sure to enter all dates and times available and to update it if any change. The Game Officials system assumes you are available unless you indicate the dates you are available. Once you have chosen a league and indicated the dates you are available, you may also go to self-assign and indicate the games that you would like to do. 

You may also indicate any specific game(s) that you may be interested in working. Go to Self Assign on the left. Expand the Game filters on the top to find the dates, locations, leagues, etc. that you are interested in viewing. Then click on reload. Now you may go to the list of games and indicate any that you wish to work. You will be limited to the number of games in a day that you can request so choose wisely. Remember that this is not a guarantee of the game but only a way to indicate to the assignor that you would like to do an individual game.

To see a listing of all games go to www.gameofficials.net and choose the various leagues that you wish to see.

State Referees

The manner in which State Referees’ re-certification requirements are recorded has changed. You will now see as a course choice STATE RE-CERT MASTER. This is not a course per se but rather a way to track your progress. It is also the vehicle that will be used for payment of your registration and assessment fees.

Persons that had registered for the August 1 State Re-cert in person class have been imported into the Master Class. All others must register for the Master Class.  You will have to Load the Session Tracker to view the introduction  The other modules are simply there to mark off your progress. 

You will see the other modules, Exam, Fitness Test, In-Class hours, Assessment #1 and Assessment #2. As you finish each of these the appropriate administrator will check this off in the Master class and you will see a green check mark on the module. If you feel that you have completed one and it does not get marked off after  two weeks, contact the appropriate administrator. (Bill Nest for Exam, Class & Fitness and Ron Stuver for Assessments.) 

YOU STILL HAVE TO SIGN UP FOR THE IN-PERSON CLASSES. There will be no charge when you sign up for these classes as you pay that in the Master class.

Officiating outside Ohio North

Many officials like to travel to tournaments out of Ohio North. The USSoccer Administrative guide requires that you notify the SRA whenever you are going to travel outside our "State." (Remember that Ohio South includes Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnatti are considered out of State.) Whenever you travel, send an e-mail to Tom Chapman at sra@ohnrefs.org that contains your name, grade, where you will be officiating and the dates that you will be traveling. If you live near the border of an adjacent state and regularly officiate there then just send an e-mail stating the league(s) and location where you will be officiating.

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