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Can't Referee Excuses
"WHY I CAN'T BE A REFEREE"
With many thanks to AYSO Regions 479 & 26.
To save you the trouble of being redundantly creative, we have condensed here most of the common excuses for non-participation in this most critical function in the AYSO program.
For your convenience, print this page, put an X alongside the excuse(s) which best apply to you, sign your name and hand it in with your child's application; OR, fill out an application to be a referee and learn how much fun soccer can be, not just for your child, but for you as well.
I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING(ENOUGH) ABOUT THE GAME!
Most of us knew little, or less than you, about soccer when we became referees. Not to worry . . . for the investment of one or two evenings, we will train you and you will know more about the laws of the game than (almost) anyone.
I DON'T HAVE TIME!
Being a referee is the perfect slot for those AYSO parents who have crowded schedules. Your commitment consists of three to six hours of class and, when the season begins, games scheduled around your child's games (when you would be down at the fields anyway).
I'M NOT THE RIGHT KIND OF PERSON!
Yes you are. You obviously care about your child. This is a youth program run by volunteers. Would you want your child involved with someone who is not as good as you? Who would be better than a concerned parent like you?
I'M IN TOO HIGH A TAX BRACKET TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE EXTRA INCOME !
Not to worry. When we last heard satisfaction and enjoyment were not yet taxable. Since that will be your only compensation (AYSO is a volunteer organization) we suggest you collect as much as you can. Besides, you will not have to declare as income what you did not pay for all of the exercise which you did not have to go to an expensive gym to get.
I'D LOOK SILLY IN THAT UNIFORM!
Good heavens . . . you obviously haven't seen the Referee Administrator!
I'D BE EMBARRASSED!