Each year you will receive an email directly into your account from E2E ref centre on February or March asking you to renew your membership and follow all the steps. To retain your status as a ref on the following year you will need to follow the instructions emailed directly to you that are also posted on OSA website or/and ECOSA’s website. These will be the steps of renewal usually requested in that email for all returning refs on the following year:
- Taking the on-line quiz
- Paying your OSA membership fee
- Signing the waiver;
- NOT THIS YEAR DUE TO COVID but in the past you were asked to attend one mandatory refreshing clinic offered locally and listed always on ECOSA’s website.
- As of 2019 Season it is now Mandatory ( but only for Entry Level Refs) to take the RIS ( Respect In Sports) – small sided refs are not mandated yet to take it. You will know if you must take it or not because when you go to renew on line the E2E system will inform you directly.
Educational Clinics in person were suspended for 2021 due to COVID restrictions but in the past they were offered; aka preseason or refreshing clinics: There are different clinics offered by the club, one or two per month, between January and May. You must attend only one of them. These clinics are free of charge; no need to sign up prior to it, just show up and sign up the attendance sheet on the spot to prove that you attended it. Although there might be some quizzes or mind teasers involved regarding the Laws of the Game, there are no pass or fail tests involved in the refreshing clinics taken on the site. Some clinics are titled: Small Sided which means it is recommended to but not restricted to Small Sided Refs. Any returning ref can attend any of the refreshing clinics offered.
Fitness Test: It was only introduced in 2014. PYSC does not impose fitness test however if you want to ref rep games for other clubs you might need to- check with whichever rep club you will be associated with. As recreational club (aka house league) we don’t require fitness test. Details about fitness tests for those who would be interested on attending one will be posted on E2E each year and guidelines will be provided on OSA’s website as well as directly from the rep club you will be associated with, if so you prefer. Bottom line is that if you’re Grade D5 or lower you don’t need to attend a fitness test for refereeing house league games for PYSC. If you’re D6 or D7 although you don’t need to attend for PYSC you will need to attend the regular fitness test offered via E2E in order for you to keep your Grade or to move up or to ref rep games. If you’re D8 or Grade 8 level then you need to attend High intensity provincial ref fitness test.
All the information provided above is courtesy of the club and myself. If you need to know more then you should visit OSA’s website at www.ontariosoccer.net and click on the referee’s icon at the top.
PYSC Head Ref