To save you the trouble of being redundantly creative, we have condensed here most of the common excuses for non-participation in this most critical function in the FDLSA program. For your convenience, just put an X alongside the excuse or excuses, which best apply to you, print it, sign your name and hand it in with your child's application OR sign up to be a referee and learn how much fun soccer can be, not just for your child, but for you as well.
- I don’t know anything (enough) about the game!
Most of us knew little, or less than you, about soccer when we became referees...not to worry...for the investment of a 16 hours you will be trained with more knowledge of the laws of the game than most Americans possess.
- I don’t have time!
Being a referee is the perfect slot for those FDLSA parents who have crowded schedules. Your commitment consists of 16 hours of class and when the season begins, games scheduled around your child's games (when you would be down at the fields anyway).
- I’m not the right kind of person
Yes you are. You obviously care about your child. This is a youth program run by volunteers. Would you want you child involved in anything less than a person as right as a concerned parent?
- I’d look silly in that uniform
Good heavens....you obviously haven't seen the Referee Coordinator!
- I’d be embarrassed!
Everyone makes mistakes (even those of us that have been reffing for years). The important thing is to approach the job with enthusiasm and enjoyment, because that will be passed on to the players and coaches (also remember you will always teamed up with an experienced referee to help you through the initial season)
- I’m a female. I rarely see them referee!
Wrong! We have many ladies certified as referees - AND THEY ARE GREAT. We could use more!
- I don’t care!!!
Well here it is…if in fact you are signing up your child to play FDLSA soccer and you honestly don't care about the quality, safety, or enjoyment involved in this program...then you have come to the correct excuse and we no longer have to ask why. However, if this last excuse does not apply to you (and we hope it doesn't), then we need you badly.
In return, we promise you Enjoyment, Exercise, Commitment, and…you’ll never be able to watch any major sport quite the same way again. On top of that the kids will be glad that you are there.
One final note…if you still don’t think you are the right kind of person for this job, you took the time to read this whole article which means you care…that means you are exactly the right kind of person.