Referee Evaluations

Please read the information on the rest of this page before you submit your first evaluations. It will help you submit more effective evaluations.

Evaluate a LWYSA assigned referee - Includes all U10-U12 recreational matches

Evaluate an EKCSRA assigned referee - Includes all Crossfire games and Rec U13 and older home games.

If you are traveling, the above will not apply. These links enable you to evaluate locally assigned officials.

Referee evaluations are an important tool for the referee program. They are used to help design training programs, identify and retain promising referees, and identify those referees who need some additional focus. When submitting a referee evaluation, the submitter should never lose sight of the fact that these evaluation should be focused on helping the referee improve. While we have all experienced games in which the referee appeared under-qualified for the job, when an evaluator “vents” on an evaluation, they often forget to provide the important information that is needed for referee program mentors and instructors to effect change. EVERY evaluation is read by multiple people. The LWYSA Referee Mentors (a collection of volunteers that have consistently demonstrated they officiate our youth recreational matches in the manner we desire) review these each week and determine which referees need “counseling” and/or observation. In addition, the program directors look for common themes in the evaluations to either modify education or distribute memos to our referee communities to correct common errors immediately.

Because of the large number of evaluations received each week (a GOOD thing), you will not receive personal feedback for the evaluations you submit. We would love to do so, but simply don’t have the hours available, and feel the time we spend is better spent with the referees that need attention.

Hints for a Better Evaluation

The following are suggestions to help your evaluations be more meaningful.

  1. Evaluate every match, not just the ones you want to complain about. If you submit 9 good evaluations, then submit one critical one – that one critical one really stands out.
  2. Designate one or two people to be your evaluators and have them submit only one evaluation per team. It is NOT helpful for a group of parents to try and bombard us with evaluations.
  3. Try to provide factual information. “The ref didn’t keep control of the game” is not a very useful comment. “The ref permitted players to run into the goalkeeper without calling fouls or giving a verbal warning” or “The ref permitted players to slide tackle, even though this was a U11 game” is very meaningful.
  4. “Short, sweet, and factual” is preferred to a 500 word essay.

Many thanks to all of you that routinely submit evaluations.