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Casper Soccer Club, Inc

Youth Referee Corner

The Youth Referee program was launched to answer the growing demand for referees and to provide a leadership opportunity for young people in our community.

Girls and boys ages 13-18 are eligible to participate in the required referee certification training course.  The course will certify them to officiate as an assistant (AR) or a center referee. These Youth Referees meet the same certification requirements as adults. Referee education courses are offered approximately twice a year in the off season in Casper and may be offered throughout the year around the state of Wyoming.  Check with the WSA Referee Program for details.

Young referees in training (ages 11-12) are not quite old enough to take the referee education course but are encourage to sign up to be a timekeeper for the youngest recreational games.   Contact Wendy at wendyb@caspersoccerclub.com if you are interested in being a young referee in training.

A mentor accompanies Youth Referees to most games, especially their first few as the Referee - the person in charge of the game. There is an opportunity for additional training to cover games at the 12U and 14U Divisions, as well as, to be assistant referees (run the lines) for older division games. 

The program has multiple benefits:
  • Inspires younger players, giving them role models to look up to.
  • Young people participating in the Youth Referee program get a chance to do community service and a unique opportunity for intellectual and emotional growth.
  • Helps relieve the shortage of referees.

Although we expect the best behavior from everyone toward all referees, it is simply forbidden to criticize a youth referee. There is NO TOLERANCE FOR NEGATIVE COMMENTS TO OR ABOUT YOUTH REFEREES (or any other game officials, for that matter) at any time before, during, or after games.

Anyone who does so will be asked to leave the game vicinity by the center referee, and the CSC Board may also choose to enact further sanctions.

Youth Referees are well trained, and many are also experienced players; however they are still youngsters without the life experience to handle negative remarks. Please give each your full support and help model good behavior for others to follow.


Referees have special responsibilities that are part of their duties as game officials, leaders, and role models. The following standards should serve as guidelines for the proper behavior toward which to strive on and off the field.
  • Take responsibility for the safety of the players during a match and ensuring that play remains safe, fair, and fun.
  • Know the Laws of the Game, understand the spirit of the game, and apply the Laws fairly and impartially.
  • Show respect for the players, coaches, spectators, and the game itself.
  • Behave honorably at all times and maintain the dignity of the position.
  • Remember that every game offers the opportunity to make a POSITIVE difference in the life of a player, coach, parent, or other referee.
  • Manage players, coaches and spectators effectively by being courteous and considerate without sacrificing fairness.
  • Handle disputes with coaches, players and spectators calmly and respectfully.
  • Stay calm when confronted with emotional reactions from players, coaches and spectators.
  • Support good sportsmanship with a positive word to players, coaches and spectators of both teams when deserved.
  • Encourage and enforce the CSC Philosophies of "Everyone Plays," "Positive Coaching" and "Good Sportsmanship."
  • Remember that the game is for the players. Player safety and fair play come first.
  • Never tolerate nor allow abusive behavior or language.
  • Strive to achieve maximum teamwork with fellow officials.
  • Honor accepted game assignments. In an emergency, find a replacement.
  • Assist fellow officials to better themselves and their work.
  • Respect other referees' decisions and never publicly criticize another official.
  • Wear the full and proper uniform and keep it in good condition. Remember that when in uniform, one represents all referees and should act accordingly.
  • Maintain good physical conditioning so as to keep up with game action.