I've been getting a lot of questions via email about the NCAA's registration fee initiative and the NISOA/NCAA Soccer Rules Test. Here are some common questions and answers:
- Do I have to pay $65 to take the Rules Test on the NISOA Central Hub? No. The test is provided by NISOA at no cost to our members.
- Does the Rules Test really close on August 2, 2015? No. NISOA just approved an extension to August 16, 2015. The extension was granted to allow the National Referees (who take the test and need to correctly answer 90% of the questions) additional time and not delay the distribution of National Referee badges. I wouldn't be surprised if the test closure is extended closer to Labor Day but please don't bet on that occurring.
- If I want to register with the NCAA, do I have to take the test on the NCAA Central Hub? No. NCAA has agreed to accept the test results from the NISOA Central Hub for their post season eligibility criteria. You may take the test on either site but you will have to make your registration payment directly to NCAA on their site. This is not a NISOA requirement but an NCAA requirement.
- Do I have to take the Rules Test? Yes, if you are a NY Metro ISOA chapter member. The chapter is using this test as part of the good standing requirements to take an annual rules test. Chapter members have to complete the test only.
- I took the Rules Test on the NISOA Central Hub but didn't get a confirmation email from ArbiterSports with my score. How will the chapter know that I took the test? Since the test is on the NISOA Central Hub, the chapter will have access from ArbiterSports to document that you completed the test.
Please post any questions you may have here and I will answer them for the benefit of all.
The NISOA Executive Board is working on publishing a single rules test on the Testing tab of the NISOA Central Hub which will be dually used to qualify NISOA National Referees and for members to meet their good standing requirements. I've been working very closely with the Instructional and National Referee staff to get the test ready for members on the NISOA Central Hub. The NISOA Executive Board is meeting this week to finalize and approve this initiative.
90% with two attempts will be the criteria for the NISOA National Referee program. We intend to share individual testing results with the NCAA for their use in determining post season eligibility. I expect the test will be published this week with a deadline of August 2, 2015.
Chapter members will be required to take the test pass/fail. You will receive email instructions separately.
Updated July 14, 2015 - The test has been published at the link above. All NY Metro ISOA members are directed to take the test and retain the confirmation email from ArbiterSports.
By: John Puglisi, NISOA National Clinician
If you are interested in the NISOA National Referee Program, now is a good time to start preparing to apply for the 2016 season. The National Referee tab on nisoa.com has all the information you need to make the decision whether the National Referee program is for you. I strongly recommend working with Klaus Mueller to get the necessary assessments (2 as referee, one as assistant referee) done during the upcoming 2015 season to get you on your way.
Our chapter currently has several National Referees on our roster who can also provide insight to the program. Our National Referees are Nabil Al-Saedi, Saam Jalayer, Ayo Obesisan, Mike Godi, and Steve Danisi.
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