Norwell Travel and Recreation Soccer September 6, 2014
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The fall recreation and U14 travel soccer season begins on Saturday September 6, 2014. Please update your availability on the Game

Refereeing Games in Norwell

 All Referees Must Follow These Requirements

Referee Uniforms:  All referees must wear the same color uniforms.  Norwell referees are required to wear black shirts, black shorts,  and black socks.

Games Times: Referees must arrive 15 minutes before game time and ready.  All games must begin and end on-time.  If teams arrive late, the games should be shortened to end game on-time.  No exceptions.

Fields and Goals:  Referees must check field prior to game and make sure goals are secure.


Grades 1&2 (U8): Size 3

Grades 3&4 (U10) and Grades 5&6 (u12):  Size 4

Grades 7&8 (U14) and Up:  Size 5

Game Times:

U8 (1st & 2nd Graders): 50 minutes that may be played in 25 minutes per half or 12 minutes per quarter (ask coaches’ preference).

U10 (2nd & 3rd Graders): 60 minutes (30 minutes per half)

U12 (5th & 6th Graders): 60 minutes (30 minutes per half)

U14 (7th & 8th Graders): 70 minutes (35 minutes per half)

Offsides:  Offsides must be called for all games starting at the U10 (Grades 3&4) and up. Let’s use the fall season to teach offsides for the U10 players.

Goalie Distribution:  For U10 and U12 CYSL games only: no goal kicks, punts or throws from the kicker go over the halfway line before bouncing or touching a player on their own defensive end.

Coaches & Parents:  Norwell Soccer and CYSL has a zero tolerence policy. Referees do not confront coaches or parents who cause problems, notify a responsible parent on the field and e-mail   

Players play, coaches coach and parents parent.


2014 Recreational Season for Kindergarten and U8-U12 and Travel Season for U14.

Fall Soccer 2014 

Norwell Youth Soccer plays recreational soccer in the spring for Kindergarten and U8-U12 levels. For U14, Norwell Soccer plays travel soccer in the Coastal Youth Soccer League (CYSL).

The following is a list of fields and the age groups playing on each:

Pine Street: U8

Osborne Field (near Main Street at Middle School): U6 (Kindergarten

Osborne Field Back (near softball field) : Boys U10

Clipper Community Complex at Norwell High School: U10-U14

 Any questions can be directed to Richard Dargon at



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The following is the text from the MSRC regarding elimination of the Grade 9 referee program.


At the most recent meeting on May 5, the Massachusetts State Referee Committee voted to raise the minimum age for becoming a referee to 14 years old and to phase out the current grade 9 program. 



  • The retention rate for grade 9 referees is dismal.  Over 90% of all grade 9 referees drop out of the program prior to age 16.
  • Training grade 9 referees is not cost effective.  We spend fully 2/3 of our instructional budget training referees who will not be with us in two years. 
  • The typical experience of a grade 9 referee is poor.  12 and 13 year-olds are not comfortable drawing attention to themselves by blowing the whistle.
  • Child Labor Laws in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prohibit children from refereeing under age 14.  See the text of MGL Chapter 149/60 and Chapter 149/86
  • USSF has eliminated the production and distribution of the grade 9 badge.
  • Data studies show that the age of recruitment is the only key to retention! 



  • Grade 9 Referees drop out due to bad environment, abuse, and not being assigned games! 
  • Despite the support and training provided to grade 9 referees, the retention rate remains unaffected.  They do not go on to become advanced referees.
  • The older a referee candidate starts, the longer they will stay in the program.


What needs to change?

The culture of expecting children to do this job must change.  We can no longer ask children to do a job that they are not developmentally able to do.  The stress and pressure on youngsters when managing players and dealing with coaches, is so much different for children than what adults can manage.  No amount of training can give a child the maturity of an adult.


We should note that by phasing out the grade 9 program in Massachusetts, the attrition rate is not affected as 15 year-olds drop out at a rate of 90% in that age category alone.  This drop off rate is unavoidable, as 16 year-olds have other options for earning money that they did not have previously.



  1. Stop thinking of U-10 and below as a good place to develop young referees.  We do NOT support the ad-hoc training of children to work these games.  Does this game even need a referee??
  2. Think differently!  Instead of assigning a 12 year-old to that game, use a 14 year-old referee instead.  Those extra two years of maturity will help.
  3. Parents MUST  get involved.    There are lots of very healthy and capable adults standing on the sideline of every youth game.  They need to become an active part of their child's activity by refereeing. 
  4. Just as every team requires an adult coach, we propose that each team should be required to provide and make available at least one adult referee for the league.