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Off the Pitch Fitness
Maybe Steve's last article was not your cup of tea. Yoga pants don't look good on everyone, anyways.  This month Steve looks at training and commuting by cycling to work. Click here to read the article.

Communication Tools
We always talk about the need to communicate with players, coaches and fans during our matches.  Take a look at this article (click here) and take notice that sometimes communication isn't done with the whistle, cards or even your voice.

2010 Certification
It seems like there is always an annoucement about certification.  If you attend one of the clinics coming up shortly you will be able to ignore all the subsequent notices because you'll be certified for 2010.  Click here for the calendar of upcoming clinics.  Pay special attention to the special guest we have coming for the Statewide Recertification Meeting!

How do I get invited to FWR?

For some the process is clear and for others its a mystery; How exactly do you get invited to attend Far West Regional Championships as a referee? If you are on a youth team you know that you need to get to the State Championships, win all your games or get a wild card.  Similarly, in order to be selected to attending FWR as a referee you have to start early, work hard and be a "champion" of your division. 

Now there is a guide you can look to in order to get information on how to get on the list of potential referees for FWR 2010 (and future events).  The biggest thing to consider is that you need to plan ahead.  Although games don't start until the latter part of June 2010, selection begins much earlier than that.  Since there are a lot of plans to be made (plane tickets, hotel arrangements and completion of applications) we have to know who is going to attend a few months in advance.  Plan ahead, announce your interest, train and you'll have a good chance of being selected.  Click here to read the rest of the article for more details.

Report Writing

Unfortunately not ever game goes perfectly without any misconduct. We talk a lot about 100% Misconduct, but sometimes we fail to discuss what happens after the match.  It's critically important that we get the decision right on the field but its just as important that we get the report done correctly, too.  Giving a red card for Violent Conduct and then having it rescinded by a disciplinary committee is not a good situation. 

Leagues rely on us to provide them with an accurate report so they can deliver punishment that is fitting for the situation.  Much like a police report, we must strive for accuracy and "just the facts." Bob Linebaugh, Chair of the State Referee Committee, has given us a great reference tool for report writing.  Click here to read the whole article.  It's probably a good idea to save or print the article, as well, so you can reference it when you go to write up a report.

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