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1 AYSO National Referee Program How To Be A Mentor

2 What Is A Mentor? A knowledgeable, more experienced helper A friendly source of guidance, advice, and confidence for new referees A source of knowledge and experience for referees who wish to upgrade 2

3 Why Is Mentoring Important? Every season, Regions recruit new referees The next season, many don’t return – Lack of experience makes new referees unconfident – Criticism from the sidelines is embarrassing – Perceived lack of support from the Region can be frustrating An active mentoring program can help 3

4 The Mentoring Program The program organizer selects experienced referees (like you!) to act as mentors These referees attend training (this course) to understand the best practices for helping referees The organizer assigns mentors to new referees The mentor and the new referee begin to build a relationship of trust 4

5 The Mentor Certification Successful completion of this course will result in certification as a Referee Mentor in eAYSO Being certified as a Referee Mentor means – That you care about your Region’s referees – That you care about the kids, who need referees in order to play – That you understand how to communicate tips for improvement in a nurturing, positive manner 5

6 Being A Mentor The Basics 6

7 The Mentor As A Teacher Mentees will rely on your knowledge and assume that it’s correct If you get the Laws wrong, it affects your game If you pass along incorrect Law or guidance to your mentees, it affects many more games This means that mentors must be constant students of the Laws, USSF Advice to Referees, USSF Guide to Procedures, and AYSO program documents 7

8 The Mentor As A Friend Work to build a relationship of trust Greet your mentee with a smile and a handshake The mentee will know whether you truly care Always communicate positively, not negatively – even if the mentee has a lot of room for improvement 8

9 Negative Guidance “You’re doing it wrong. You are almost always running straight up and down the field, chasing play. That means you have no angle to see fouls. And you’re constantly missing your assistant referees’ flags!” If you were the mentee, how would you feel? 9

10 Positive Guidance “You’re doing a good job keeping up with play! Now try this: when you run on what we call the left diagonal, as much as you can, stay a little to the left of the ball. That way you’ll have a better view of what the players around the ball are doing, and you’ll be able to look through them to see your lead AR.” 10

11 Watching the Mentee You must watch the mentee in action to understand his strengths and weaknesses Ideally, you’ll watch the mentee work multiple games You don’t have to watch an entire game to understand how the mentee is performing Don’t interfere with the mentee’s game: wait until halftime or post-match 11

12 Post-Match Discussion Find a quiet, private place Let the mentee get a drink and cool down Thank the mentee for doing the game Ask how the mentee felt about the game and any problem areas she felt that she had Answer any questions truthfully 12

13 Post-Match Discussion Provide a summary of performance, starting with the good things Provide guidance on areas that could be improved – Limit this to the two or three things that will provide the biggest performance gains Don’t just say what to change: explain why Arrange for the next observation Be available to answer questions before then 13

14 Mentoring New Referees 14

15 Challenges For New Referees New referees are unsure of their ability to remember and properly apply the Laws They can become easily confused during a game, adding to a lack of confidence New referees are especially vulnerable to negative comments and criticism from the sidelines The mentor has tools to help with these issues 15

16 Tools For Mentors Meet with the new referee before his first game to create a bond and answer any initial questions Let the mentee know that he shouldn’t allow negativity, and explain the “Ask, Tell, Dismiss” tool Be at the mentee’s first game to observe and help Offer to “shadow” (run with) the mentee 16

17 Tools For Mentors Greet the mentee with a smile and remind her that you are there to support her Let her know not to be worried about making mistakes – otherwise known as “learning opportunities” Wear the uniform and be visible to parents and coaches Always comment on the positive things the mentee is doing and on any improvements made 17

18 Mentoring New Youth Referees 18

19 Characteristics Of Youth Referees New youth referees have often played soccer themselves, or are still playing They may be more confident in their ability to referee a game being played by younger players They are less able to handle irresponsible adult behavior from the sidelines – nor should they have to 19

20 Mentoring Youth Referees When you observe their game, be fiercely protective Be visible, and proactively deal with sideline dissent Suggest that if you aren’t there for a game, the youth should find a suitable adult to deal with irresponsible coaches or spectators Be generous with praise and gentle with suggestions Be patient 20

21 Mentoring Upgrading Referees 21

22 Mentoring Upgrade Candidates Be familiar with the required skills for the level the mentee is pursuing Don’t try to turn the mentee into “another you” Be patient as you work on changing bad habits The mentee may resist your advice – try changing your communication style 22

23 Scenarios 23

24 Conclusion Mentoring is vitally important – It helps us retain referees – When it’s clear that we support and protect our referees, it helps with recruitment – It helps our new referees quickly become capable and confident – It helps our experienced referees upgrade Thank you for being a mentor! 24

25 25 Goal for the referees: Support the delivery of a great AYSO experience for the players and others. How will today’s workshop help you support this goal? Customer Service

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