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Frequently Asked Questions About Referees


How do I get scheduled to referee?
Email the referee coordinator with your availability at [email protected] Give the coordinator the dates and times you are NOT able to referee. For example: weddings, doctor appts., your own in-house games. We understand that other things come up, but scheduled appointments and planned events should be easy to identify. Note: You will not be scheduled unless we know your availability.

When will I get the schedule?
You will receive an email early in the week with your schedule for the coming week. Reply to that email to confirm your schedule as soon as you can.

What if I don’t respond to the emailed schedule?
You have until Thursday at 6 to respond. If we do not hear from you by then we will automatically give your time to another referee.

What if I get sick or my availability changes?
Just let the referee coordinator  know as soon as possible so that we can get someone to cover your game.

If I have more than one child refereeing can they ref at the same time?
Depending on each referee’s availability, we will do what we can to schedule siblings around the same time but there is no guarantee.

I have siblings playing; can I referee my sibling’s game?
No. Refereeing a sibling’s game may happen but it is by chance and we try to avoid it.

Why am I always refereeing a certain age group?
The age groups you referee depend on your age. For example, if you are 12 you are able to referee for U10 and below only. You must be at least 1 to 2 years older than the team you are refereeing.

When do referees get paid?

Payroll is processed at the end of the season.

How do I get my pay?
The referee coordinator will contact you when the checks are ready if they will be mailed, or if you can pick them up. You must provide BWSA with a current address in case the checks are mailed.

Do I need to sign in before I start refereeing on game day?

Coaches will let us know if you made it to the game or not.

When should I be at the field?
You should arrive 15 - 2- minutes before the start of the game.

What do I need to bring to referee?
Bring a referee shirt, whistle, and stopwatch. Whistles and referee shirts are from BWSA but you are responsible for getting your own stopwatch. Wear your referee shirt OUTSIDE other clothing - it must be visible.

Where do I find the rules for the age group I am refereeing?
The referee coordinator gave you a copy of the rules and the rules can be found here. 

You are expected to familiarize yourself with the rules before the game.

Other Concerns
What if I have problems with a coach or spectator during a game?

Your safety and well being are important. If you feel you need help with a situation you can stop the game and go to a responsible adult or a Board Member (they are typically wearing a BWSA shirt).
 ANY issues, whether you stop the game or not, with a coach or spectator should be forwarded to the referee assignor via email or phone call.

If I have other questions, what is the best way to talk to you?
The best way it to email the referee coordinator.

Where can I learn more about becoming a certified referee?

Visit the PA West Referee Site

Field Status

Open Open

Colewood Park (07:14 PM | 09/13/20)

Open Open

Millenium Park (11:18 AM | 09/04/19)