Referee Directors Message - Fall 2016

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Frank Bagnardi & Levon Akoghlanian (goes to both)

Hello Referees,


We’re just a short bit away from the start of the BAYS Fall 2016 season.


I’d like to thank you all for a great and successful spring session, that culminated with BAYS being represented by nearly one-third of the officials assigned to the MTOC in June. I’m incredibly proud of our representation and professionalism.


Now that we’ve turned the page on the spring and we get ready for our fall session, I wanted to make highlight a couple of points of emphasis both administratively and on the field that you should all be adopting.


  • Game Reports – Should be completely filled out within 24 hours of the end of the game. Too many reports are being submitted without a zero tolerance score assigned to the game. Please be sure you are completing all fields of the report including the narrative, when misconduct, zero tolerance violations or serious injury are involved. This is to protect YOU at a later time.


  • Zero Tolerance – We are doing a pretty good job of documenting the violations, keep up the good work!


  • On Field – One of the bigger complaints we here is that officials are letting too many fouls go uncalled, which escalates to more physical play later on. Be aware of the level of game you are officiated and make the calls that are in front of you. See the foul, make the call!


The United States Soccer Federation has adopted a new uniform shirt style. These are not required for several more years, however if you are considering a new uniform, consider the purchase of the new style. Not required, just fyi for now.


As many of you may have heard, there has been a fairly major re-write of the Laws Of The Game. These will NOT go into effect this season. There will be no changes until you have all had a chance to go through your recertification classes and get the official interpretations of the changes from the Mass State Referee Committee (MSRC).


If you do have any questions or concerns, please run these first through your assignor, who can then escalate them if needed.

Have a great fall season and thank you for your continued contributions to BAYS!


Best Regards!


Frank Bagnardi

BAYS Referee Director