My 13 year-old son is learning so many valuable lessons through the Washington State Referee Program and Seattle Soccer Referee Program. In many ways, this environment is at least as effective as school for learning these lessons.
How it feels to be held to adult expectations
How to take a training class, pass a test, and earn a license
How people value specialized knowledge and skills
The benefits of great pay for a 13 year-old (starts at $23 per game)
Getting paid (by direct deposit) and saving money
How to schedule commitments carefully in order to avoid conflicts
How to use a web-based, self-service system to request referee assignments
How to communicate with multiple supervisors
How to receive and respond to feedback in an evaluation
How to manage younger players during a game
How to sustain attention to consistently make accurate calls
How to respond to unexpected situations
That you have to show up. Players and coaches are counting on your presence.
How to work effectively as a referee squad with defined roles for each referee
How to handle conflict with a coach or parent