Referee Directors Message - Spring 2014

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Frank Bagnardi & Levon Akoghlanian (goes to both)

Date: March 2014
To: All BAYS referees
BAYS 45th Spring Season is about to start.

Welcome to a new soccer season.

The snow is finally melting off, the clocks have "sprung forward" and it's finally time to start thinking about an exciting Spring BAYS season!

My name is Frank Bagnardi and on behalf of Co-Referee Director, Levon Akoghlanian and myself I am reaching out to each of you as we do every season to take care of some pre-season “housekeeping” items and of course, thank you for your contribution to BAYS and the referee community.

There has been concern that we as referees have become lax in enforcing the BAYS Zero Tolerance Policy. I would like to ask each of you to review the below BAYS policy statement and to please keep it in mind during your games.

Zero Tolerance Policy:

1. No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.

2. Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.

3. Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action by the BAYS Sportsmanship Review Committee.

4. If coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact the town soccer club referee’s coordinator for the game in question, or contact the BAYS Referees Representative at

We as game officials set the tone for coach, player and fan conduct for the entire season. Failure to enforce league policies not only undermines the protection and sportsmanship rules established for us by BAYS, but also promotes the opportunity for our younger officials to be put in unacceptable situations. Enforcement of this policy is fundamental to referee retention and growth in our league. Let’s be sure we are all doing our part to enforce this very important policy.


Please review the requirements and standards for the proper referee uniform and be sure you are in compliance. In addition to having the correct uniform, be sure you are wearing it properly. This includes socks that are pulled up, shirts that are tucked in and the correct shorts (all black).

Laws of the Game

Make sure you are reviewing the Laws of the Game on a regular basis as well as The Advice to Referees, Guide to Procedures and very importantly BAYS Rules of Competition. I have heard multiple accounts of referees not being familiar with our league's rules. These can be found on the BAYS website under the "Current Rulebook" tab.

Game Reports

Upon arriving home after your days games, please immediately log into the BAYS website and complete your game report in full. All applicable sections of the report should be completed. Please double check that you’ve assigned the correct score for each team before submitting your report.

Please be sure you’ve included all details when reporting any player or coach misconduct. Specific language if applicable should be included.

Game reports should be submitted no later than 24 hours after completion of the game.

New this year, any game that has not had a game report submitted by June 30 will not be paid.

Mentoring Program

Please be aware that BAYS, through each of our member organizations has in place a mentoring program. Mostly geared towards our younger referees, the program is a great opportunity for informal assistance and coaching and can provide an excellent avenue to becoming the best official you can be.

Town assignors may assign a mentor to you, however if you have not been assigned to a mentor and would like to have access to this resource, please do not hesitate to let me know and we’ll be sure that this is made available to you.

Game Day

Each of us has the responsibility of presenting ourselves in the most professional manner possible. This includes arriving at our games early enough to conduct a full safety inspection of the field and players. Make sure you are familiar with any BAYS “Rules of Competition” items that might differ from the “Laws of the Game”.

Please treat the players, coaches and fans with the same respect you want to be treated with. It is much easier for us to enforce issues, when we have been above reproach in all ways possible.

In closing, I’d like to thank each of you for your contribution to BAYS and wish each of you a great and safe season!


Frank Bagnardi

BAYS Co-Referee Director