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Anchor Goals Properly

As referees, our #1 priority is ensuring the safety of the players.  It is our job to check the field for anything that might be dangerous.  A goal not properly anchored can be deadly, as pointed out by this article.

NM Referees on PDL Matches
Several NM Referees traveled to El Paso, TX, this July to officiate PDL matches for the Patriots.  Click here to read Orion talking about what he learned on these games.

Ready for games?
Are you ready for games?  Don't think that you can get in shape by doing games. Don't worry, Orion will help you get back in shape with the NMSRA Running Group, which meets most Wednesday nights.  And you don't have to be a track star to join! Email Orion for details.

New Referee Courses
If you know someone who would like to become a referee, please have them visit the NMSRA website for a list of courses available.  They will need to pre-register and space is limited. 
Clinics Galore

The summer is quickly coming to a close and that means one thing: Soccer is back!  There is a lot of activity in August, so make sure to stay on top of it.  You can view the entire NMSRA calendar by clicking hereRemember you need to recertify by the end of 2010 in order to do games in 2011. 

USSF Annual Clinic

Please join us for the Annual Clinic on August 7-8 at CNM in the Brasher-Smith Hall (map).  Pre-registration is NOT required and there are no clinic fees.  Our keynote presentor will be Craig Lowry (FIFA AR) and we encourage all referees to attend.  Saturday (9a-5p) for Grade 7/8, Sunday (9a-3p) for State Referees/Instructors.  There is also a fitness test on Sunday August 8 at 7:00am on the Highland High School track (map). Visit this link for more information.

High School Clinics

If you are doing High School games this fall, please ensure you click here to read about upcoming events.  New HS referees need to make sure and contact Jeff Eschenburg to attend one of the training sessions on the Dual System of Control.  Existing referees can attend a session to "show their stuff" and try to improve their rating to get better games.

On And Off The Pitch
Watch what you do

We talk a lot about how to conduct yourself when showing up to the fields, during the game, at tournaments, on travel or when you see teams/coaches away from the fields.  We talk about these things because our competency as a referee is being scrutinized from the first moment teams and coaches see us and, therefore, the impression we give is vital to our success. 

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