2020 New Referee Classes
THESE CLASSES ARE THE NEW USSF CLASSIFICATION FOR A NEW REFEREE THAT IS TRAINED AND CERTIFIED AS AN ASSISTANT REFEREE AND CENTER REFEREE. THESE REFEREES ARE NOW CALLED “GRASSROOTS REFEREES” AND THEY REPLACE THE OLD GRADE 8 AND 7. THIS CLASS WILL CONTINUE TO BE 12 HOURS LONG AND COST $115.00, WITH ONLINE WORK AND ON FIELD TRAINING IF POSSIBLE.
USSF HAS ELIMINATED THE GRADE 12 AND GRADE 9 CLASSIFICATION. IF YOU WERE A GRADE 9 LAST YEAR, YOU MUST TAKE THE GRADE 8 UPGRADE CLASS THIS YEAR SO THAT YOU CAN BECOME A CENTER REFEREE. YOU WILL THEN BE CLASSIFIED AS A GRASSROOTS REFEREE. REMEMBER THAT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO DO CENTERS JUST TELL YOUR ASSIGNOR. THE COST IS ALSO THE SAME TO RECERT OR TAKE THE GRADE 8 UPGRADE CLASS.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I HAVE A 2019 PATCH AND I AM A GRADE 9 REFEREE. What should I do?
You should take the grade 8 upgrade class before June 1st, so that you can get a 2020 patch and be registered. The cost is $70.00, and this also counts as your recert as the class will go over the new rules.
I HAVE A 2020 PATCH AND I AM A GRADE 9 REFEREE: What should I do?
You should take the grade 8 upgrade class after June 1st, so that you only pay once. Then you can take a 2021 recert class for free, just attend the recert class and do not sign up or pay.
I AM A GRADE 9 REFEREE AND JUST WANT TO BE AN ASSISTANT REFEREE. What are my options?
Under the new USSF Grassroots program all referees must be certified to do Centers. Therefore, you must take a grade 8 upgrade class, or you can’t continue as a referee. Remember the cost is the same as a recert class and as a Center Referee you can do the U9 & U10 games at $30/game for 50 minutes of work and fun with the young players. IF you are still worried ask for a mentor to come and work with you.
I have a 2020 badge. Do I have to attend a recert?
Yes, you should attend a recert to learn the new rule changes. There are many this year and the recert class will explain them. However, you do NOT have to pay or register. Just let your assignor know which recert you attended.
3/14/20 9:00am - 5:00pm
3/15/20 9:00am - 2:00pm 2020 CAMDEN AREA GRASSROOTS CLASS WARREN, M
3/20/20 5:00pm - 9:00pm
3/21/20 9:00am - 5:00pm 2020 GRASSROOTS REFEREE COURSE AUGUSTA, ME
3/21/20 9:00am - 5:00pm 2020 AUGUSTA UPGRADE 8 CLASS AUGUSTA, ME
4/3/20 5:00pm - 9:00pm
4/4/20 9:00am - 5:00pm 2020 YARMOUTH GRASSROOTS COURSE 1 YARMOUTH, ME
4/4/20 9:00am - 5:00pm 2020 YARMOUTH GRADE 8 UPGRADE YARMOUTH, ME
4/17/20 5:00pm - 9:00pm
4/18/20 9:00am - 5:00pm 2020 BANGOR GRASSROOTS COURSE #1 BANGOR, ME
4/18/20 9:00am - 5:00pm 2020 BANGOR GRADE 8 UPGRADE COURSE BANGOR, ME
5/2/20 9:00am - 3:00pm
5/3/20 9:00am - 4:00pm 2020 FREEPORT GRASSROOTS COURSE A FREEPORT, ME
5/3/20 9:00am - 4:00pm 2020 FREEPORT GRADE 8 UPGRADE COURS. FREEPORT, ME
The 2021 Grassroots courses are planned for Kittery, Cape Elizabeth, Sanford, Farmington, Buxton, and Bowdoin. These will be posted in May.
You must complete the USSF online training course prior to attending any of these classes – please open - Online Training Course Instructions page.
New referees have to complete the following –
Before taking any referee classes you must have completed the 2020 New Referee Registration process. Go to 2020 New Referee Registration .
Once this has been completed you then can register for a class by completing the following - .
1. Complete the online instructions – Online Training Instructions . These will be emailed to you by the instructor.
2. Register with Game Officials – http://mainerefs.gameofficials.net.
3. Once you have completed the online training work, you can now go to -
http://mainerefs.gameofficials.net. and select a new class . See below for classes offered. Find the class you can attend.
4. In Game officials select the class you want to attend and finish instructions.
5. Attend the new referee class. See dates below.
For additional instructions and material information go to the Referee Handout tab on this web site and follow the instructions.
You must be 14 years old at the time you complete the course. There is no exception to this rule.
You must complete the online training work - and register with - http://mainerefs.gameofficials.net - before taking the class. This work will take
4-6 hours to complete, so please register early.
Contact: Peter LeVasseur at - .
ADDITIONAL DIRECTIONS TO ACCESS REGISTRATION PROCESS -