Acing My Advanced Assessment

I recently attempted my AYSO Advanced Referee Assessment. It was one of my New Year’s resolutions (see post below) and I aced it, achieving the goal within the first month of 2012.

The game on which I was assessed was a U-14 Boys Semifinal at the AYSO Area N Spring Select playoffs, and pitted San Bernardino vs. Beaumont.

I got off to a fantastic start by forgetting the game cards at the administration booth. I had to run back to grab them; my ARs and my assessor certainly talking about me all the while.

I hustled back and proceeded to into my pre-game. I used a cheat sheet (which my assessor actually liked) but I’ll have to remember to slow down when I speak next time. I felt rushed for some reason.

I then had my ARs perform the field check while I checked the players. That went well, as usual.

I blew the whistle for the game to begin.

10th minute: I call a PK for Beaumont after No. 7 was held and tripped entering the penalty area. His teammate’s kick is saved by San Bernardino’s keeper.

14th minute: San Bernardino marches down the field and after a brief scrum for the ball inside the goal area, No. 11 pounces on a bouncing ball to give his team a 1-0 lead.

28th minute: San Bernardino adds to its lead when No. 12 chases down a long ball, stops, turns and fires a shot from outside the 18 that his teammate calls “sick.”

35th minute: Halftime. No complaints. Though Beaumont’s No. 7 wanted me to keep an eye on San Bernardino’s No. 10. “Will do,” I say.

The game resumes and it’s more of the same; San Bernardino playing long ball onto the feet of their slick forwards.

38th minute: I verbally admonish Beaumont’s No. 14 for taking down San Bernardino’s No. 9 near the goal line but outside the area. “You guys need to calm down. Especially you!” I say to No. 14.

51st minute: Beaumont’s best player is taken down at midfield. Stepped on but successfully able to pass to his left, I call “Keep playing! Advantage!” and put my arms up. The player who receives the pass is then also fouled so I whistle to stop play but the ball and the players were still moving.

I can very clearly see the injured player from the first foul on the ground at a distance of 4-5 yards. After the knuckle-headed players finally stop the ball I ran over to the player and ask if he needs his coach. I repeat. He doesn’t say anything. He then gets up, walks off and says “Man, he stepped on my ankle.”

66th minute: San Bernardino tacks on one more when No. 8 finishes off another long ball by tucking it in the lower right corner of the goal. Beaumont is clearly deflated at this point.

71st minute: I blow my whistle, ending the game. All the players walk off the field, some more quickly than others. The post-game handshakes go off without a hitch, and the coaches, well-behaved throughout, shake my hand and thank me.

In conclusion, I’m actually surprised it was an assessable game. I did award a PK, but I didn’t issue a single card. That’s usually a staple of an assessable game. But then again, maybe I did the job of confronting issues before they escalated; I do think my stern warning to Beaumont’s No. 14 kept him in line.

So, yes. I passed. Didn’t get a single negative mark, in fact.

Maybe I am getting better at this.


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One response to “Acing My Advanced Assessment

  1. JonB

    Good job. Hopefully I’ll be advancing to “Advanced” this year, and it was good to hear how a positive assessment goes.

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