We received reports detailing technical and access problems with the NCAA Soccer Ejection Reporting site over the past week. The technical issues have been resolved according to the NCAA so if you have been unable to submit ejection reports this season, please go back to the site and fill out the report.
One of the challenges referees face throughout the college soccer season is understanding and applying the NCAA Soccer Rules particularly in areas that differ from other governing bodies like US Soccer or the NFHSAA. NISOA continually emphasizes the importance of understanding intercollegiate soccer match reporting requirements especially where player eligibility issues (a significant source of protests) are involved. Read the rest of this entry »
During Saturday’s Rules Interpretation meeting, there was a discussion about management of ejected players, coaches and bench personnel. NCAA Soccer Rule 5.6.4 states:
An ejected player, coach or other bench personnel shall leave the premises of the field of play to the point that the individual, in the referee’s opinion, shall not be a disruptive influence on the further progress of the game. This means out of sight and sound of the field of play.
I recommend the following procedure:
- During the pre-game field inspection, the referee crew should discuss how they will manage ejections so it will conform to Rule 5.6.4 and ensure the ejected player or bench personnel are properly supervised while they are away from the premises of the field of play.
- During the pre-game meeting with the home team institutional representative, discuss the desired ejection procedure and ask for assistance to implement the procedure. Assistance should include, but not be limited to, having a staff member available to escort and supervise the ejected player or bench personnel. Ask the home team institutional representative to coordinate with both coaches to ensure adequate ejected player or bench personnel supervision.
Ejections are a highly emotional and often match critical event. The officiating crew must be prepared before the ejection to properly manage the situation.
All ejections in NCAA soccer matches must be reported to the NCAA via the NCAA Soccer Central Hub within 24 hours of the match. Some conferences may have additional reporting requirements. As an example, ECAC requires all ejections and terminated games to be reported via the ECAC web site as well.
Junior College (NJCAA) ejections are reported on the match box score form.
If you have any questions about reporting red cards or other unusual events, please contact your assignor immediately after the match.
From Steve Rossetti at ECAC:
Ladies and Gentlemen: With the soccer season upon us I have a few reminders that we all need to adhere to!
Assignment fee is now due. It is based on the number of games you had assigned to you on this past Tuesday, August 20. $10 for the middle, $7 for an AR, $8 for a two person game. The assignment fee needs to be postmarked by September 17th. A $25 late fee is due after 9/17. Make the check payable to the ECAC, 1311 Craigville Beach Road, Centerville, Ma 02632, Attn: Sandra Hodgdon: Soccer
Cliff McCrath and I had a long discussion about the ECAC assignment fee. He understands it and we are on the same page.
Referee’s contact your AR’s at lease 48 hours before game day. Confirm the assignment, time of arrival, field location and parking, uniform colors, etc.
Arrival at game site 30 minute minimum for weekday games, an hour minimum for weekend games. Important to check in with game administrator and/or coaches upon arrival to let them know that you are present.
Some schools and conferences do not want you to make the decision if a player is really injured and fit to play. Have a professional conversation with trainers before the game. It is not solely our job to beckon them onto the field. If a player is down stop the clock and beckon the trainer onto the field. It is up to the coaches to work within the substitution rules. Make sure that we all know them. If a coach decides to play short in the first half so his star player can get back into the game, the player can re-enter on the fly. Make sure you know the substitution rules, thank you.
Being professional is key in all ECAC assignments. Silence can never be misquoted ! Don’t fuel bad behavior with your own bad behavior.
At every athletic directors meeting that I go to, they all want the same thing, call the games tight, don’t let it get out of control. Don’t lecture or yell at the players and coaches, just card them if they deserve it, thank you. I am still waiting for the first phone call or email that said the officials called the game too tight. I get many calls and emails about officials letting the game get out of hand !
Signing the game book or sheet may be difficult as it is all done electronically. Don’t make an issue out of it. Don’t run off after the game, put in the proper effort. Watch the line after the game.
For all Community College games fill out their “card” forms if they have any. Report all ejections to me.
Report all ejections to me via the ECAC ejection report form on the ECAC web site, thank you.
Contact me with any questions or concerns, have a great season, make the ECAC proud, thank you !
Assistant Adminstrator for Officiating
Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC)
1311 Craigville Beach Road
Centerville, Ma 02632
NY Metro members should contact Jack Sweeney regarding their local assignments and issues.
The NCAA has modified the ejection reporting procedure for referee reporting. As indicated in this memo, referees will file their report on the NCAA Soccer Central Hub on AribterSports.com using an NCAA specified username/password combination. This combination is different from the official’s personal username/password combination to log in for assignments. You must be signed into Arbiter using your personal username/password before you can access the ejection form. NCAA has also eliminated the separate form for reporting Referee Assault and Fighting. All ejections in NCAA soccer games will be reported using the new consolidated form.
- Sign into ArbiterSports.com with your personal username/password.
- Go to the NCAA Soccer Central Hub and click on “Red Card Form.”
- Enter the NCAA specified username/password to access the ejection report.
Please remember that some conferences like ECAC and conference assignors have additional ejection reporting requirements and notifications so please make sure you do all the required administrative reporting. You can review all articles about ejections here.
The NCAA provided additional information on artificial noisemakers, pep bands and ejection reporting yesterday. Please be aware that this guidance requires referees to forward ejection reports that are filed at the NCAA Soccer Central Hub to the match assignor. If you filed an ejection report this year, please make sure you forward the confirmation email you received from the NCAA Soccer Central Hub to the assignor who gave you the match as soon as possible. If you did not retain the confirmation email, please follow the instructions on the NCAA directive referenced above to obtain the report and then forward it to your assignor.