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Question Number: 21748

Law 5 - The Referee 8/5/2009

RE: Under 12

Richard Robertson of Wlmington, DE USA asks...

This question is a follow up to question 21737

This is a comment to the new referee about them doing your their first game and being afraid. Ask your assignor to do games with adult AR's. A good place to start is the earliest age at which certified referees are used as AR's, and at the lowest competitive level like a 'B' or 'C' team match. I did this with my new referees and I had 90% retention rate. Some leagues do not use AR's for the U9's & U10's. It is VERY DIFFICULT for even experienced referees to get these calls correct especially with the better skilled teams.

Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

Good advice. An alternative my assignor uses for newbies is to place them as AR's in U12 games with more experienced centers, so they can learn.

Since USYS's direction is to not call offside at U10 and below, the need for AR's in those games is greatly diminished. In our rec leagues we do call offside in U8 and U10, but note that it must be obvious enough for the lone center referee to see it. The regional competitive league does away with offside, which encourages cherry-picking. It's always great fun to do the first few games in that league when they move up to U11 and offside applies.

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