Former VARs turned Team STARs
All Teams must provide one volunteer adult who serves as an assistant referee to help at each game. The parent acting as Assistant Referee will still be able to watch the game - and will get the added advantages of being able to help out to make the experience better for the kids, getting a little exercise and getting a front row view.
Each team must have at least one STAR complete the online training.
US Soccer has created online training modules for each of the Laws of the Game. Team STARs should complete all 18 online modules. Complete at your own pace, but make sure that you're done before your Field Training Session.
ONLINE TRAINING DETAILS
What to Bring to Field Training
In the Clinic Number field, put your Team Name, Team Gender and Fall Team Playing Age.
The volunteer must be an adult (over the age of 18) and not the coach or assistant coach of the team. Exception: If a team has a volunteer who is a currently licensed referee and who expects to attend most games, this person can serve in this role. A team may have more than one parent attend the course if they want.
Do STAR parents have to be Live Scanned?
Great question. The answer is no, unless that person is also on the roster as team staff (Team Manager or Trainer, for example).
What are the exact dates of the trainings?
Trainings occur in the summer before the Fall season commences. We have to coordinate with SF Park & Rec to confirm our dates, since they have to grant us access to fields for the training. The dates will be posted above at right.
What happens if your Team STAR is not available or out of town during the game?
Only one parent per team needs to be officially trained, but any soccer-knowledgable parent can do the job. Either have the STAR share the training and/or have a soccer-knowledgable parent do the job that day. (On many teams, multiple parents rotate so one person isn't always responsible.)
What information do I need to provide to verify my STAR parent?
You just need the name of your parent volunteer entered into the STAR Registration Form. We'll be checking at summer's end and there is a Financial Penalty for teams that do not have a designated and trained STAR.
SPECIALLY TRAINED CLUB LINESPEOPLE / ASSISTANT REFEREES (STARs)
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