Referee Directors Message - Spring 2015

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Frank Bagnardi & Levon Akoghlanian (goes to both)

Hello Referees,


Well there is still about 18 inches of snow on the ground and the temperature this morning was below zero…..This of course means that soccer season is just a month away!

So it’s time to make sure the uniform still fits, your watch still ticks, you haven’t lost your whistle and that you are going to need to be in running  shape sooner than you might think!

In all seriousness your referee and league leadership has been working behind the scenes to get ready for the season.  Some of the challenges we are facing include the new dictum that a new batch of 12 and 13 year olds will not have been certified for this next year and the Grade 9 referee program as we know it no longer exists.  

What this means for all certified referees is that the demand for our services will be more and that those officials who have been doing the older player games on full sided fields, may be asked to help out in games with younger players.

Please remember that any game that is being played and you are officiating in deserves the best effort you can give, regardless of that game being a U-18 Boys D1 or a U-10, D4 match!


Keep in mind that WE ARE HERE TO SERVE THE GAME!


Some points of emphasis for this season include:

  • Make sure teams are observing Zero Tolerance (ZT).  There is a ZT committee that will review all ZT scores falling below an acceptable threshold.  If you are scoring a team with a 2 or 3 score, your comments must support the score on the game report.  Coach suspensions are a reality for ZT violations.  Please be sure we can justify any scoring we give.  I assure you that if you do your job properly, you will have the support of BAYS in any dealings with coaches and fans!
  • BAYS will be handling the payment for referee’s game fees.  BAYS will not pay for a game if there is no game report in the system.  Game reports submitted promptly are a requirement of being a game official. (Please see Law 5, under Powers and Duties)  Game reports should be submitted no later than 48 hours after the completion of the game and should contain all pertinent details.
  • In conclusion, I want to sincerely thank you and your families for the sacrifices that you make to serve the game as a referee.  Without your professionalism, the standard of excellence that BAYS officials are known throughout the state for doesn’t happen.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at  I will do my best to respond to any inquiry you might have as quickly as possible.


Again, thank you and have a great season!




Frank Bagnardi

BAYS Co-Referee Director