Referees

Come Join Us!

We are always looking to add youth and adult referees to our roster. Our goal is to provide excellent officiating at each game, while assigning our pool of referees the games that fit their skills and schedule. We offer competitive pay, upgrade bonuses, and mentors to help new referees improve.

To become a referee for the Blackhawks you must complete these steps:

  1. Complete referee certification and training through the Minnesota Soccer Referee Committee (SRC) and register for a clinic
  2. Create a Game Officials account and join the M&D Assigning group  (New Game Officials UsersExisting Game Officials Users)
  3. Complete concussion training and, if you are 18 or older, complete the MYSA Background Check
  4. Complete required paperwork for the assignors

 

Referee Certification and Recertification Clinics

You must be USSF-certified in order to referee games for the Blackhawks. New referee training is typically held from January through April every year. One half of the training is done online, and one half is an 8-hour in-person clinic. The clinics are held throughout the Twin Cities in the late winter and early spring. In 2017, Blackhawks will be hosting a clinic at Orchard Rec Center on Saturday, April 29th.

For more information on becoming a referee, and to sign up visit the Minnesota Soccer Referee Committee website. Click on the New Referee button for a step by step guide and and informational video aimed at parents of potential new youth referees.

Receiving Assignments

Merry Hilger and Diana O’Connor of M&D Assigning assign referees for Blackhawks home matches. M&D uses the Game Officials system to assign referees to Blackhawk games.

Here’s the complete checklist of steps to complete after you’ve passed your referee test:

  1. Go to Merry Hilger’s website at http://www.merryhilger.com/ and bookmark it. You’ll refer to it all year.

  2. Read the M&D Assigning Welcome Letter.

  3. Sign up with the Game Officials online assignment system. Instructions on how to sign up and join the M&D Assigning group. Instructions are here: http://www.merryhilger.com/Forms/LoginInstructionsNewUser.pdf

    1. You must set your availability before you can be assigned any games!

    2. Note that you MUST enter your social security number into Game Officials to get paid

  4. If you will be over 18 any time this season, complete the MYSA Background check. Go to this website but click on the Adult Referees tab (it defaults to Club admins, coaches and managers): http://www.mnyouthsoccer.org/background-checks

  5. If you are under 18 at the start of the season, you must provide a proof of age to M&D Assigning. You can email a scan or cell phone picture of something like a driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport to the assignors.

  6. Complete the Waiver form and return to Merry. This is so you can get paid. It is here: http://www.merryhilger.com/forms.htm

  7. View the CDC concussion training course that’s required by state law (don’t worry, it’s easier than your other training!): https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html

Questions?

Ben Exley
Referee Director
referees@blackhawksoccer.com
(612) 234-1138

Field Locations

MYSA field directory

Referee Pay Scale (as of summer 2017)

Level Center AR
U17–U19 $50 $40
U15–U16 $38 $26
U13–U14 $34 $23
U11–U12 $28 $18
U9–U10 $25