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Question Number: 3574


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Re # 3565:.I was not yelling at you, just venting against the USSF..However, your answers indicated that anyone who is happy being a grade 8 referee or grade 10 AR who is happy to do local games would not be required to purchase the blue shirt. You are way off on that one. Here in North Texas we have this maniac of a director of referee training who has said that he expects EVERYONE at all levels to have all of the shirts, even the 11 year old ARs. "The whole team must look alike". I agree with the team looking alike, but I do not agree with needing 4 long and 4 short sleeve shirts. Also, it might surprise you to learn that most referees in North Texas can referee for 20 years and be happy to stay a grade 8 or 9..Thanks.

Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

I agree with Mr. Marco. The only requirement is that you have the yellow, preferably both long and short sleeve. It is out of hand to require all officials to buy all shirts especially when you only wear the red and black (now blue, too) only once or twice a year. I also agree that if you do want to move up the referee ranks and officiate at the higher levels you will need to slowly purchase the alternate jerseys. Also, you do not have to buy the USSF/OSI jerseys which can be as much as $25.00 more than Score or Olympus. Score, Olympus and others make a quality shirt for much less. This might be another way to buy them without putting a major dent in your budget.

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