BC Soccer Grassroots Referee Development Seminar Kamloops 2015

BC Soccer is thrilled to announce the first Grassroots Referee Development Seminar to be hosted in Kamloops January 30 & 31 2015

Vancouver BC, December 22 – BC Soccer’s Grassroots Referee Development Program is an initiative launched in January 2014 based off of BC Soccer’s Strategic Plan and BC Soccer is excited to further invest in this program by delivering the first official Grassroots Referee Development Seminar hosted in Kamloops on Friday January 30 and Saturday January 31 2015. The Grassroots Referee Development Program, and this upcoming seminar, are designed to better meet the needs of registered and potential new referees at the grassroots level.  

“We are pleased to offer this opportunity for new and existing grassroots referees at the Small Sided, Youth and District levels to gain education, training, and access to their future mentors - our referee development officers and head referees,” said John Reed, BC Soccer Referee Committee Chair

The Grassroots Referee Development Seminar will provide training to small sided referee instructors, education for current BC Soccer registered referees, as well as bring together Referee Development Officers (RDO) and Head Referees in preparation for the 2015 interior soccer season. The development seminar will be hosted at the Kamloops Soccer Dome and the instructor training and referee education sessions will be conducted both on-field and in the classroom.

“BC Soccer Grassroots programming helps ensure referees are trained consistently and to a high standard, no matter the region and I am very excited that Kamloops is hosting the RDO Annual meeting and BC Soccer Grassroots Referee Development Seminar in January,” said Neil Farber, Referee Development Officer, Thompson Okanagan Region BC. 

BC Soccer has designed this weekend of referee education to provide Head Referees and Referee Development Officers across BC with structured content and information that they can take back to and share with the districts and clubs they serve.

“As the RDO for the Thompson Region, I've seen first-hand the value of Grassroots programming and the positive impacts it is creating. The Thompson region hosted two referee mentor instructor clinics this past year, and as a result, more than 70 new referees received personal mentoring. This is more than triple the number from the previous year. Feedback from referees, referee parents, and the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association has been overwhelming positive” Continued Farber.

Event Details

When: Friday January 30th and Saturday January 31st, 2015
Where: The Kamloops Soccer Dome (313 Nishga Way Kamloops, BC,  V2H 1T6)
Open to: Small Sided, Youth and District Referees, Head Referees, and BC Soccer’s appointed Referee Development Officers

Cost: FREE!

Registration: Click here to register

What to Bring: Please bring appropriate attire for both in classroom and on field sessions.


Friday January 30th – Referee Development Officer Meeting
Prerequisite: must be a BC Soccer appointed RDO

Saturday January 31st 9:00am - 12:00pm Small Sided Referee Instructor Training
Prerequisite: must be 18 years of age, a current or former referee, and have access to a laptop

Saturday January 31st 12:30pm - 3:15pm Grassroots Referee Education Session
Prerequisite: must be a registered referee

Saturday January 31st 12:30pm - 5:00pm Grassroots Referee Education Session and Head Referee Meeting
Prerequisite: must be a Head Referee

About the BC Soccer Grassroots Referee Development Program

Launched in January 2014 as per the BC Soccer Strategic Plan the Grassroots Referee Development Program is designed to better meet the needs of registered and potentially new referees at the grassroots level.

The goals of the Grassroots Referee Development Program are;

  • To raise the level of competence of all registered referees at the grassroots level across the province,
  • To provide support and foster recruitment, education, development and retention of referees,
  • To supply timely and relevant reporting about the referees to BC Soccer and the Referee Committee via the Referee Development Coordinator.

The learning environment of the Grassroots Referee Development Program is one that is fun, challenging, and educational. These environments allow opportunities for registered and potentially new referees to develop a passion and love for refereeing while being supported by their Head Referee, Head Mentors, Schedulers and their local club / organization.

The program educates and supports Head Referees and Referee Mentors through theoretical and practical referee education sessions along with educating/training Referee Schedulers in ‘best practices’ within refereeing appointing to assist in building a solid foundation for the development of referees across the province at the grassroots level. 

The Grassroots Referee Development Program needs to be a shared and cooperative program at the club, district and league levels with a proactive vision for the betterment of the game. Its success will be measured by the numbers of these referees who are retained over the years and continue their personal development within the referee program and soccer in general.

BC Soccer has trained the 9 Referee Development Officers who are in the process of reaching out to the Head Referees, Mentors and Referee Schedulers within their assigned region to start setting the schedule for the required workshops. These workshops will be designed to help the foundation and framework for the future development of Head Referees, Mentors and Schedulers who work with the current referees and potential new referees at the grassroots level in their region/club.  The content will include:

  • Present updated referee training material
  • Introduce fundamental refereeing skills
  • Provide small-sided referee training and support

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada’s foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

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