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Ohio Concussion Awareness Law

Ohio has passed a law requiring all Coaches, Referees and league officials to undergo Concussion Awareness training every three years. This law applies to all youth sports including recreational, travel, indoor and premier soccer. The law, ORC 3707.52, became effective April 26, 2013.

To take the FREE course, go to NFHS "Concussion in Sports" course for officials.

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.

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.

Assignor Policy

Assignors are registered through Ohio North and not through any district, league or local referee association. Assignors cannot discriminate against a registered referee because of race, religion, national origin, sex or membership in a local referee association. Age should only be a factor when the league mandates a minimum age difference between players and referees. Registered assignors will be given a list of all referees registered with Ohio North.

Unauthorized disclosure of a registered referees list

State Referee Administrators may furnish lists of referees only to state associations, registered assignors, affiliated leagues or tournaments for conducting their soccer related activities. These lists may not be made available to anyone else (including soccer related businesses) for a fee or free of charge. (2010 Administrative Handbook page 34)



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