One of the things I want to accomplish this season is to get my AYSO Intermediate ref badge, so I can work some higher division games. This entails a class and test, as well as working a certain number of games. I've missed a couple of opportunities for the class, but finally made it a week ago Sunday.
I'd been told that the Intermediate test was tough and that I should study a lot -- there was a review class on Tuesday and Thursday before the real class. I only made the Thursday session, since we were in the throes of cleaning out the kitchen for the demolition team on Wednesday.
The class on Sunday was pretty good, although there are some areas (Law 11 -- Offside) that still seem to be open to a lot of interpretation. I passed the test, with a 66 out of 74, although I think that some of my bad answers were due to some poor teaching and not my errors. I blew some on my own, though!
Now I need to put in at least 9 more games (need a total of 25) with at least 5 in the center at U12 games. Then there is an "observation" by a senior ref and I might actually have my badge. I'm hoping, too, that this will get me some work during the tournament season. One of my fellow refs told me that they were badly overworked, but nobody had called me to help! I guess I haven't learned the "secret ref handshake" yet. Maybe when I'm Intermediate...