Having refereed recreational and competitive youth soccer, last weekend I worked my first pair of games for a new-to-me league in Portland.
It’s a high school, coed rec league, and in preparing for the first games I found a few things about the league rules that stood out:
- teams don’t practice, they only have games once a week
- varsity level players aren’t able to be part of these rec teams
- slide tackling is not allowed; a player who tackles should be cautioned
So… sounds like it’s pretty casual. Since these were my first games for this league, I worked two AR positions to get a feel for things.
The first game was uneventful… being the first game of the season, the player checkin was a bit disorganized but we eventually got rosters from everyone and verified we had the right players on each team. I was AR1, and the laid back “let’s have fun” nature of the league was a nice refreshing break from the competitive nature of the games I’ve worked in the last six months. Coaches weren’t arguing with calls, players weren’t complaining about non-calls, and folks were just having a fun, friendly game of soccer.
For the second game, one team had a full roster of players and the other team only had ten folks at the field. Remember how I said it was laid back? The teams’ solution was for a couple players from the full roster to play for the short-handed team for the match. This resulted in some fun moments as a player would shoot on a keeper from his own team, with both players talking a bit of good-natured smack talk.
I’m working a couple more games for this league later this month; sounds like it’ll be a fun experience.
this is the first refree-related post here; look for more to come