As we move into week # 5, I want to remind you that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this month referees are permitted to wear the pink referee shirt (example: http://soccer.scoresports.com/shop-by-position/referees/shirts/pro-elite-no-2025c.html). Additionally, pink wristbands can be worn in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Players can wear items in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month as long as those item are safe for themselves and other players.
Please remember during injuries you are the first responder. Get the game stopped and tend to the player. If possible please try to keep the coach and parent off the field until you have done your assessment. Sometimes the player may just need a moment gather themselves or catch their breath. If the injury is serious get the coach and parent on the field to deal with the injury. If we can keep the player on the field and have minimal stoppage of play, then player can stay in the game. If the player is removed from the field by the coach has two options: 1) Play short and the injured player can return at the next stoppage. Please remember that you must perform a quick evaluation to make sure the player is ready to play. 2) Substitute the player with another player. Once this happens the injured player cannot return until the next legal substitution break (mid-way the first half, mid-way through the second half, half-time, or injury). Yes, injury is mention because if another player is injured the previously injured player can replace that newly injured player. Word of caution on this one, a coach could ask a player to “fake an injury” to get the previously injured into the game. If the injury has been deemed a potential concussion injury, the player cannot return to the game. This should be noted on the game card.
Thank to everyone that is covering games. Additionally, thank you to the mentors for guidance to new referees.
Lastly, thank you to those that have spoken out against poor behavior at the fields. We have to make everyone accountable for the actions. Bringing awareness to the fields make the game pleasurable for the players, coaches, spectators, and referees.
Keep up the good work!
Matt Byers – JCYSL Regional Referee Administrator
AYSO Region 322
Jefferson County Youth Soccer League