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Poll results: To be or not to be a soccer ref? That is the question.

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Thread: To be or not to be....(a kids soccer ref, that is)

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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
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    To be or not to be....(a kids soccer ref, that is)

    Should I get certified to be a soccer ref? Relatively easy way to make some cash.

    Then again, I deal with the irate public at work, do I really want to deal with them on my off hours as well?

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    Cyburbian btrage's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    Should I get certified to be a soccer ref? Relatively easy way to make some cash.

    Then again, I deal with the irate public at work, do I really want to deal with them on my off hours as well?
    Now that my daughter is old enough to play organized sports, I'm constantly being hit up to be a coach. I love sports, and was/is fairly athletic, but I have vowed never to be a coach.

    That could change if my daughters beg me to do it. They kind of have me wrapped around their fingers.

    Also, all of those if favor of ending this day, please signify by saying aye.

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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    Should I get certified to be a soccer ref? Relatively easy way to make some cash.

    Then again, I deal with the irate public at work, do I really want to deal with them on my off hours as well?
    If you enjoy soccer then only do lower level games. Otherwise you will soon not enjoy it anymore. I have ref'ed for a couple years, but after doing some junior high, select soccer level games, I went back to just working with kids games. $20 for a game and parents being crazy is not worth it. Kids under 10 most parents are just happy that their kids get to play. Although there are still some loony's...
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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post

    and dandy, don't do it! if you ref kids' games, the parents will scream at you! you'd be better off coaching

    when i coached i had a horrible parent that i had to deal with she's scarred me enough to be wary of ever coaching again. she was plain ol'awful.

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    How much worse could the abuse be than what you already absorb every day? I say go for it and pocket the extra cash. I umpired softball many moons ago and thought it was horrible until I got a job as a public sector planner and suddenly umping seemed like a comparative walk in the park.

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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
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    where's the poll

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    Do it! Better to reap the rewards of soccer referee certification than those (if any) of AICP.
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    I'd say do it. It's money. It's a particular kind of exercising authority you might be lacking in your professional life (who wouldn't love to be able to pull out a yellow card on some developer instead of waiting until a red tag is appropriate?), plus you may make friends, both personal and professional.

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    Played, coached & ref'ed soccer games. I referreed high school games for about 8 years. It basically paid for Christmas ($1200 for Sept thru early Nov). Parents & coaches in your ear as well and I was considered / graded as a very good ref too.

    I also ref'ed classic and peewee (ages 6 - 19) and the older they got the worst it got, but some of the little tyke parents were off the chart too. If you want to do it, start with the younger sets.

    Coaching is another issue. Parents wanting to know why Junior doesn't play as much as Timmy. The U-13 & U-11 teams were more babysitting. But I had some very good experiences in the higher levels coaching. U-19, U-17 teams I had were great.
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    Do it! And -- be the best ref you can, all the time.

    I, too, played and coached. I remember one very obviously blown call directly involving my shot on goal, in front of a large group of spectators. The ball clearly crossed the line, but the ref was out of position and did not call it a goal. I was crushed that I failed and my team lost because of such a terribly blown call. (I was about 13 at the time and soccer was big in my NJ hometown -- lots of Italians!)

    Years later the ref admitted that he blew the call after talking to players on the other team.

    Coaching non-competitive YMCA league soccer, I only asked that the refs stay engaged in the game equally for both teams. Surprising how many times the refs just zone out so that it seemed to favor one side over another. (Typically not my side...) I'm glad my kids have aged out of organized sports for the most part.

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    I'd go for it.

    (Just remember to carry a very bright red card for the parents! )

    Mike

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    Go for it - you might have to deal with some parental crap but power-tripping on the kids will make up for it

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    When I was a boy we never had soccer. We would play real tackle football in the streets or street hockey and get bloodied. We never needed coaches or refs to have fun!

    Oh and to watch UHF we had to use the converter on top of the TV... AND WE LIKED IT!
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