Become a Referee

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WYSA runs one of the strongest referee programs in the state, fielding more than 50 referees per season while the rest of Massachusetts struggles to staff games. Referees in Walpole have the opportunity to make very high hourly rates, give back to the youth soccer program, and learn critical real-world skills in a fun environment. To get acquainted with the program, new referees receive mentorship during their first few games from experienced members of the team. If interested, read through the steps below on how to get started!

 

How to Become a Referee

All referees in MA are certified by the Massachusetts State Referee Committee, or MSRC. Certifications are required to be assigned games, as well as registration with BAYS, the league which Walpole is a member of. The full list of steps to accomplish each of these tasks can be found below.

Create a MassRef account

  • The first step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to create an account with the MSRC, the organization that certifies referees in Massachusetts. To do so, visit the MSRC Registration page and fill out the form with the requested information.

Create a US Soccer account

  • The second step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to create a US Soccer account, which provides access to the supplemental modules that are required for certification for all referees in the country. To do so, visit the US Soccer Registration page and fill out the form with the requested information.

Enroll in a New Grassroots Referee course

  • The third step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to enroll in a New Grassroots Referee course through the MSRC. To do so, visit the MSRC Course Offerings page while logged in and register for a course titled 'New Grassroots Referee'. Currently, all courses are administered via Zoom and are free of charge.

Complete MassRef pre-course study modules

  • The fourth step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to complete the MSRC's pre-course modules, which are a set of educational videos that introduce referees to the Laws of the Game. To do so, visit the MSRC My Courses page while logged in and follow the link in the 'Notes' section of the course that you registered for. If there is no link under the 'Notes' section, send an email to Diana McKee (MSRC Administrative Assistant) with a screenshot of the My Courses page.

Complete US Soccer supplemental modules

  • The fifth step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to complete US Soccer's supplemental modules, which are a set of educational videos on basic sports safety. To do so, visit the US Soccer Available Courses page while logged in, click the grey 'Supplemental Courses' button at the top of the screen, and complete both the 'SafeSport' and 'Intro to Safety' courses on the left side of the screen. If you are 18 or older, you'll also need to pay for a background check, which is valid for two years.

Print MassRef registration letter

  • The sixth step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to print out the registration letter for the course you enrolled in, which will be emailed to you a few days prior to the course by the MSRC. You should have this paper with you during the course, as you'll receive a secret word during the course to write on the bottom to confirm your attendance.

Attend a New Grassroots Referee course

  • The seventh step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to attend the New Grassroots Referee course that you enrolled in, which will teach the foundations of soccer refereeing. To do so, follow the link provided by the MSRC via email. If you do not receive an email from the MSRC by the time of the course, send an email to Diana McKee (MSRC Administrative Assistant).

Submit MassRef registration letter

  • The eigth step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to submit the registration letter that you printed out prior to the course. To do so, write the provided secret word on the bottom of the letter along with your signature and the data, take a picture of the letter, convert the picture to a PDF (online tool available here), and email the PDF to Diana McKee (MSRC Administrative Assistant).

Complete the MassRef post-course assessment

  • The ninth step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to pass the post-course assessment, which tests your retention of the material taught in the course. To do so, follow the link provided by the MSRC via email. The assessment has a passing score of 70%, but can be retaken an unlimited number of times. If you do not receive an email from the MSRC within a few days of attending the course, send an email to Diana McKee (MSRC Administrative Assistant).

Enroll in a Grassroots Referee Field Session

  • The tenth step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to enroll in a field session. To do so, visit the MSRC Course Offerings page while logged in and register for a course titled 'Grassroots Referee Field Session'.

Attend a Grassroots Referee Field Session

  • The eleventh step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to attend the Grassroots Referee Field Session that you enrolled in, which is an in-person introduction to the basics of soccer refereeing. To do so, arrive at the location of the field session as indicated in the course details 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time.

Create a BAYS account

  • The twelfth step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to create a BAYS account, which allows you to receive game assignments within the league. To do so, visit the BAYS Referee Application page and follow the instructions to create a new account.

Apply to WYSA as a referee

  • The thirteenth step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to apply to WYSA within BAYS, which allows the WYSA Referee Coordinator to assign you league games. To do so, visit the BAYS Apply to Towns page while logged in, scroll down and check the box next to 'Walpole Youth Soccer Association', and hit the blue 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page.

Submit direct deposit forms

  • The fourteenth step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to submit your direct deposit forms to BAYS, which allows the league to pay you for the games you officiate. To do so, visit the BAYS Required Pay Forms page and follow the instructions listed there to submit the necessary forms.

Purchase required referee gear

  • The fifteenth step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to purchase the necessary referee gear, which includes a uniform, whistle, set of flags, and watch. View the WYSA suggestions for each of these items via the Referee Gear Amazon list, but feel free to shop around for better deals elsewhere.

Attend preseason referee meeting

  • The sixteenth step towards becoming a WYSA referee is to attend the preseason meeting, which takes place prior to every Spring and Fall season. This meeting ranges in duration from 15-30 minutes, and covers the expectations of WYSA referees along with the procedures necessary to receive game assignments. This meeting is typically held over Zoom, and a link will be sent out by the Referee Coordinator.