Recertification 2015 is now open! All referee registrations will continue through Arbitersports.com this year.
One note I want to stress ** All Lawbooks and Badges will be mailed to you directly by US Soccer. This means you will not get a book and badge until you register on Arbiter and pass the test. I will upload registrations every two weeks through this process. It can take weeks for US Soccer to process the request. Please register early to ensure you get your book and badge before games begin.**
You must know your grade. This year, if you need to know your current grade, you can look in Arbiter. Just log in to Arbitersports.com. On the top of the page, you will find “Profile” on the far right. Click “Profile” and look to the left. Click on “Custom Fields” and scroll down until you come to a blue bar that says “ISRC – Idaho.” Under that heading you will find the Grade I had listed for you in 2014. If you have a question about your grade, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are already a referee in Arbitersports.com, just log on like you normally would. When you sign in, select Group ID 105684 ISRC – Idaho Central Hub. It is important that you select the Central Hub otherwise you won’t find registration.
Once at the Central Hub, select the Registration Process that matches your grade. Most of you will select the Grade 8, 9 Registration. It is important that you pick the right registration because each of the grades have different annual fees associated with them. You don’t want to pay too much to register.
Complete the registration process. You will update your contact information, agree to the normal administrative things, and pay your money. When you come to the background check section, please know that Idaho Youth Soccer performs the background checks on adults only. The registration will ask you to consent to the background check OR state you are under 18 years of age. Idaho Youth Soccer will not background check anyone under the age of 18.
Time to take your test. At the Central Hub, click Testing. You should have a test available according to your grade. You can take the test three times. Please take your time and read the questions carefully. Once you pass, you can print a copy of the certificate for your records to prove you passed the test.
Wait for your Lawbook and Badge in the mail. Make sure you correctly update your address in Arbiter, as this will be the address US Soccer mails to. This year, US Soccer will mail you the normal envelope you get every year. This year, there will be a book and badge in that envelope. There will not be a badge pick up. It all happens in the mail.
Obviously it takes US Soccer some time to fill these orders. The system isn’t automatic either. I will upload all registrations to US Soccer every two weeks beginning January 1, 2015. The longer you wait to register, the longer it will take to get your book and badge.
If you have questions, please contact me, Robbie Burnett at email@example.com and we’ll be seeing you soon
Again, on behalf of the Idaho Soccer Referee Committee, thank you for what you do. Soccer in Idaho is possible in part because of what you all do. The ISRC is committed to helping you become the best referee you can and want to be. We will be sending out monthly updates to your email addresses to keep you informed of many things. Best wishes on a safe and fit off-season.
As you register, you will get a welcome message that explains fees for 2015. I want to be as clear and redundant as possible on this, so I’ll repeat the information here:
In the past the local referee associations have paid for individual licenses for referees to get on Arbiter to get games. I have added features like registration, testing, videos, etc. These add-ons have upped the cost of Arbiter to more than $11.25 per referee.
Last year the ISRC had a $10 admin fee. Obviously we weren’t going to be able to continue moving to the online registration and learning I think Idaho needs and deserves. Our state is too big to get together all that much, and electronic learning and registration makes sense to most of us. In order to keep this moving forward, the ISRC studied what other States are doing. Most states charge way more than the $10 admin fee. A few States charge over $100 in addition to the USSF fees. We decided on being on the lower end of the Region IV fees and now the ISRC Admin fee is $30 a year.
Doing this will allow us a few things. First, we can continue registering, paying fees, testing, and getting assignments on Arbiter. Second, will grow some new exciting programs. We hope to expand a mentor program state-wide. We will continue an Idaho Referee Academy each Spring at a different tournament each year. We will find ways to enhance the Referee Program to be one where you are served in the way that makes you the best referee. We will grow the Idaho Referee Family to be a group we all continue to be proud to belong to.