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REGION 1020 REFEREE CODE OF CONDUCT

Among AYSO volunteers, 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 AYSO 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.

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