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  • Mentoring Referee Mentoring
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  • Mentoring Objective: Provide basic understanding of AYSO Advisor Program (aka mentoring program) Review roles of referees and mentors Discuss techniques of advising and mentoring Discuss available resources Supporting References: 2008 Referee Advisor Handbook AYSO National Referee Program (Module 19) These documents, and many others, can be found at www.aysohelp.org
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  • Mentoring Mentoring is an extremely effective friendly way to impart knowledge. Mentoring is predominantly on the job training with advice and assistance to facilitate improvement in performance. Mentoring is most effective when it is done as a little help often. Perhaps today the observation of the coin toss, next week the IFK wall management, and pre-game with ARs the following week. Mentoring is most effective as an on-going process that really does not have a formal ending.
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  • Mentoring The Program The AYSO National Referee program is intended to develop the best-qualified officials possible for the conduct of all AYSO games. An integral part of this program is to provide advice and support to officials to improve individual performance and to maintain the highest standards of officiating performance throughout AYSO. Referee development is a major responsibility of the AYSO Referee Assessment Program. The National Director of Referee Assessment who is a member of the AYSO National Referee Council supervises this program.
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  • Mentoring The Program (cont) The AYSO Assessment Program Consists of: Referee Advisors who are qualified AYSO referees. These individuals act in an advisory capacity to U-8 Officials, Assistant Referees and Regional Referees. In the absence of a Referee Assessor, Advisors may conduct observations for upgrade to Intermediate Referee. They also continue to provide support and assistance to other AYSO referees. Referee Assessors are certified as Assessors by completing the training prescribed by the AYSO National Referee Program and conduct assessments and observations for upgrade to Intermediate and Advanced Referee. They are also encouraged to act as Referee Advisors.
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  • Mentoring The Program (cont) The AYSO Assessment Program Consists of: National Assessors are certified as National Assessors by completing the training and prerequisites prescribed by the AYSO National Referee Program and conduct assessments and observations for upgrade to Intermediate, Advanced or National Referee. They are also encouraged to act as Referee Advisors. Assessors and National Assessors also conduct the physical fitness tests prescribed by the AYSO National Referee Program.
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  • Mentoring The Advisor As a Referee Advisor you act as A HELPING HAND FOR NEW AND DEVELOPING OFFICIALS. You play many important roles in the development of referees. These roles include: As Friend, the advisor must be persuasive in his or her comments to the officials. The official must trust the motives as well as the judgment of the advisor and believe that the advisor gives freely of time and effort. As Observer, the advisor must provide sound, simple advice and assistance that leads the trainee on the shortest path to success. The official must believe in the sincerity and credibility of the assistance given.
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  • Mentoring The Advisor (cont) As Supporter, the advisor offers encouragement in unlimited supply. In this view, the official can do no wrong, but can always be encourages to do better. This is unconditional support for the person, not for everything the person does. As Advocate, the advisor is obligated to take the part of the official in all encounters. No criticism or dissent can go unchecked; no party can challenge without the proactive, positive involvement of the advisor. As Choreographer, the advisor helps the new and developing official to stage the officiating process. From the opening (arrival and inspection of the field) to closing (post game ceremony and bookkeeping), the advisor helps the official to move with purpose and direction from one part of the process to the next. The advisor also encourages and assists the official in moving through up-grades in certification to the highest level desired by the official.
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  • Mentoring The Advisor (cont) As Mentor, the advisor provides accurate, factual information that gives the official additional insight and understanding. As Coach, the advisor offers tactical instructions that help the official to operate at the top of their game, and provides the official with practical suggestions to improve performance. As Role Model, the advisor gives the developing official a real person to emulate. The advisors attitudes, values, and behaviors set the example that the official is likely to follow on the field.
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  • Mentoring Guide to Advisors Contact the official you are assigned to advise as soon as possible. Initial contact may be by telephone or e- mail. Personal contact should be made as soon as possible. Do not expect the official to make the initial contact with you.
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  • Mentoring Guide to Advisors Initial Meeting: Introduce yourself and explain your referee experience Describe the advisor program Make sure that the official understands that the advisory program is intended to be a positive experience Learn as much about the official as possible Understand the officials goals, objectives, experience and concerns Answer any questions or doubts Arrange for a next meeting, including attending the officials next game
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  • Mentoring Guide to Advisors As an Advisor you: Always present a positive attitude toward officiating and AYSO Create a safe, positive environment for improvement Should be available as often as needed to provide support and answer questions Observe the official as often as needed Encourage the official to continue certification to higher levels of officiating Ask the official to be an Assistant Referee for one of your games Participate with the official in continuing training and social activities offered by the Region Seek help from others to insure that the needs of the official are met Support the official at any game you observe. This includes positive support to coaches, spectators and players.
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  • Mentoring Guide to Advisors Provide positive feedback to the official after all observations including: At least two or three positive comments Not more than two areas for improvement by the official Be specific in all comments made to the official using game experience or specific examples of performance Avoid describing any of your war stories.
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  • Mentoring Guide to Advisors Give small, attainable, immediately improvable goals for the official. Use positive language such as: You might consider trying Other referees often find that From my experience It may be easier for you if you
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  • Mentoring Guide to Advisors Avoid phrases such as: You should I always Never Always
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  • Mentoring Guide to Advisors Other Considerations: Youth Referee -Different perspective Female Referee -Consider assigning female mentor Referees experience during the match -Was referee challenged/rattled? -Was it a very low key game? -Is the referee open to suggestion or defensive?
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  • Mentoring Check List for Advisors Observing an Official 1. Pre-Game: Did the official- Arrive early for the game? Dress properly and have all necessary equipment? Check the field? Check the players? Perform administrative duties such as game cards? Check the ball? Give pre-game talk to players? Count the number of players? Conduct a coin toss and kick off? Begin the game on time?
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  • Mentoring Check List for Advisors Observing an Official 2. Communications with Linespersons or Assistant Referees: Did the official- Give clear instructions? Use the person well? Treat the person with respect? 3. Positioning: Did the official- Keep play between the referee and Assistant Referee? Remain close to play (15-20 yards)? Maintain proper position on restarts?
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  • Mentoring Check List for Advisors Observing an Official 4. Signals: Did the official- Whistle with authority? Use proper hand signals? Communicate with players and coaches by effectively using voice and positive body language? 5. Law Knowledge and Mechanics: Did the official demonstrate: Correct applications of Laws? Consistent application of the Laws? Recognition of proper restarts? Proper administration of restarts? Good foul recognition?
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  • Mentoring Check List for Advisors Observing an Official 6. Interaction with players and coaches: Did the official display- An attitude of helpfulness and tolerance? Respect? Friendliness without familiarity? Credibility in responses and decisiveness? Positive action even in discipline 7. Post-Game: Did the official- End the game on time? Participate in the post-game handshake? Thank the Linesperson/Assistant Referee? Complete administrative duties such as game cards?
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  • Mentoring Tools/Resources 1.Checklist-the one we just reviewed. Print a copy from the Advisor handbook and take with you. Share it with the observed referee. 2.Field Diagram-not to be used for formal charting as for Advanced/National Assessments. Use to show some general concepts.
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  • Mentoring DF
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