Interested in Becoming a Referee?
New referees courses are always getting added each year and MUST be at least 14 years old.
To become a referee, you must be certified through the Mass State Referee Committee, by completing the new referee course (titled: New Grass Roots Referee - Entry Level).
1. To register for the course, access www.MassRef.net to create an account.
2. Select a course/location from the "Course Selection" offerings. Each year there are generally courses offered locally and throughout the region/state; any interested referee is welcome to attend any applicable session. However, once a class is full, the registration is closed.
3. To register for a class through MassRef, the site will limit the actual registration to those who are 14 years old by the date of the class they choose. However, you can still attend the course so long as you are 14 by April 30. But, to register, you need to follow a slightly different process. First, create an account in MassRef; then e-mail the "course administrator" (link available on MassRef). Provide your information and request to be manually registered for the course.
4. Purchase a uniform (“yellow” shirt) and necessary equipment. Starter kits are available through various vendors, such as Official Sports (note: there is a link on the MassRef site). You will also need flags (many starter kits include these) and a stopwatch.
WYSA will reimburse new referees to help cover the cost of the course and referee uniform. However, this is not reimbursed until the end of the season, as we must ensure you participate in the program. To get you started (and comfortable), you will begin with officiating U8 games and serving as an AR for U10. As you gain experience, you will move up to higher-level games.