TRAINING & MENTORING

HERE YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO BECOME A US SOCCER AND/OR MHSAA REFEREE.

YOU WILL ALSO FIND INFORMATION ON FIELD TRAINING AND SUBSIDIES FOR UPGRADING MEMBERS.

US Soccer Federation

GLASRA does not certify referees.
 

Annual recertification is required to remain a certified USSF referee.

 
Many changes are being made to the way first time certification and recertification is being conducted. In an effort to reflect the most current information, we recommend visiting the Michigan Referee Committee website
GRASSROOTS REFEREE

When starting out as a USSF referee, one begins by taking the Grassroots Referee Course. Visit the Michigan Referee Committee website - Become a Referee.

 

Overview

 

  • Grassroots includes what formerly were Grades 9, 8, and 7.

  • Minimum Age - 13

  • Online Modules & Field Sessions

After Receiving your Badge

  1. Pay your GLASRA dues.
     

  2. Contact the CASL Assignor, Bob Ianni, to let him know that you are interested in games. You will be added to his assigning list.
     

  3. In GO Group 1308 set your Availability so assignors know when to offer you matches.

REGIONAL REFEREE

Upon gaining experience in several leagues,  various game levels, and meeting the requirements to upgrade, one can apply to upgrade to Regional Referee. Information can be found on  Michigan Referee Committee Upgrade page.

Overview

  • Requires Annual Fitness Test

To encourage our members to strive for higher levels of accomplishment, GLASRA will reimburse referees up to $60 for the cost of successful upgrade assessments (upgrades to Regional Referee and above). 

 

The Upgrade Form will be updated once the State defines upgrade guidelines.

UPGRADE SUBSIDY 
 

MICHIGAN REFEREE COMMITTEE

The Michigan Referee Committee website is an excellent source for all Michigan USSF referees.

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BECOME A HIGH SCHOOL OFFICIAL

 

To become a high school referee, it is recommended that you be a Grade 8 referee with several years of experience as an USSF referee. High school assignments require that officials be willing to travel to assignments up to 40 miles from their home. 

Certification Steps

  1. Register at Michigan High School Athletic Assocation (MHSAA). A late fee is assessed for registering after August 1, of each year. 

  2. Pay GLASRA dues.

  3. Contact the high school assignor by email at: Joe Gazda

Recertification

MHSAA sends a reminder each year. Pay attention to deadlines to avoid late fees. 

 

MENTOR 

PROGRAM

FOCUSED TRAINING BY EXPERIENCED MENTORS

The GLASRA Mentor Program is designed to provide-

  • Observation Reports

  • Mentor Advice

  • Tournament Academies

GLASRA Mentors are selected based upon their experience and ability to positively provide feedback and training. 

 

HOW IT WORKS

GLASRA Mentors review local assignments and decide which games to observe. They may also be asked by an assignor to observe a specific official. Once at the game, they introduce themselves to the crew and let coaches know that they will be mentoring the crew that day. They take notes and meet at half-time to discuss potential changes or offer compliments. Following the game, they provide more instruction and a copy of the report to the center referee as well as the assignor.

Please do not be nervous if a Mentor shows up at your game. Mentors are very positive. They are  there to help you improve as well as make sure that your assignor knows the appropriate level of games for your skill level, goals, and comfort.

This is one of the best methods for us to find those who desire or show potential for higher level games.

Tournament Academies

We plan to offer two academies per year - one each during spring and fall seasons. We like to work with the Capital City Cup (spring) and Capital Area Classic (fall).

Participation

Participation is either by invitation or your request.  If you would like to receive training through this method, please contact our Evaluation, Mentoring, & Observation board member, John Douglas.

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