Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of public safety, we are cancelling the remainder of winter season, which includes snowed out game reschedules. The start of spring season will be delayed and more information on that will be sent to spring season managers.
The table below displays the affiliation vote
Of the 106 teams that voted, Cascadia was the preferred affiliating organization. However, the vote between affiliating and remaining an unaffiliated league was extremely close, with more teams preferring not to affiliate. A majority of the teams voting for no affiliation indicated the casual nature of their team and the difficulty of maintaining an active roster of players and subs. Those voting for affiliation listed referee quality amongst their top concern.
We don’t want the extra step of obtaining a player card to be the end of teams, nor do we want to go through the process of rebuilding a new referee pool, so we will work on making the transition from our non affiliated status to affiliated as smooth as possible.
We’re getting winter standings up and working into ways to post past seasons for your archival pleasure. We apologize for lapses in Fall ’16, Summer ’16, Winter ’15, and Fall ’14, as they took a back seat to other pressing matters. Those missing seasons will also be posted.
Do you love soccer? Want to earn some extra money? Are you maybe a tiny bit frustrated by the refs you see at adult rec games (hahahahaha)? Whatever your reason, we’d like to encourage you to learn the art of refereeing! (really, it is an art, as you all know when you see a good ref, right?)
Also, it would help us out, as WE NEED REFS! (Youth leagues need refs, too, so those of you with kids should encourage your kids to sign up to take the classes with you). Refs will be especially needed in the fall, when both youth and adult leagues are going strong, so sign up NOW!
1- Sign up for an intro clinic here (at the drop-down box, select ‘entry level’)
2- Contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) when you get your certification, and we will link you to tournaments and mentoring opportunities to get started. This is where RATS really stands apart from other leagues. We will actively mentor new referees as you learn how to sign up for games through the multiple referee associations, and offer you advice if you want it. We want more and better refs, and will help you become one!
3- Done! That’s it! We can’t promise that you’ll start refereeing adult games right away, but we’ll help you get to that point.
For realz. Just get your certification and then contact us.
Refereeing really is a great thing for those of us who love the game. Refereeing allows you to help others learn the sport, and it also helps you learn the sport better. (Quick! when is a free kick direct or indirect? If you were a ref, you’d know that.)
And for those of us who need ulterior motives, the pay is surprisingly good for a couple of hours work (different leagues pay different rates, so we won’t bother getting all specific, but once you get certified, we’ll help you figure that out, too!), plus you get to pick and choose your own hours. Not many jobs offer THAT, do they? Once you’ve got some confidence and experience in your pocket, you can referee in tournaments (where the big money is).
C’mon, you know you’ve been thinking about it… Put your whistle where your mouth is and sign up now!