What to Bring to Field Training
What are the exact dates of the trainings?
Trainings occur in the winter before Spring season commences and in the summer before 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 S.T.A.R. 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 S.T.A.R. 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 S.T.A.R. parent?
You just need the name of your parent volunteer entered into the STAR Registration Form prior to league play. During the season the S.T.A.R. is responsible for introducing themselves to the referee prior to the start of the match so that the referee can verify participation in their match report. A team is found noncompliant when they do not provide anybody to the role of STAR during a match (trained or untrained) on more than 2 matches over a season. We'll be checking at summer's end (before Fall) and post season of Fall (before Spring).
There is a Financial Penalty for the season of $300 for teams that do not comply with the S.T.A.R. Program.
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 S.T.A.R 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).
The Clinic Number & USSF ID field may be left blank
ONLINE TRAINING DETAILS
New Team S.T.A.R.s
Returning Team S.T.A.R.s
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. Training is two part: Online Modules (Under Revision) and In Person Field Training.
Each team must have at least one STAR complete the USSF online training.
Note: One S.T.A.R. may represent no more than 2 teams
US Soccer has created online training modules for each of the Laws of the Game. (Spanish click here) Team S.T.A.R.'s should complete all 18 online modules. Complete at your own pace, but make sure that you're done before your Field Training Session.
SPECIALLY TRAINED ASSISTANT REFEREES (Team S.T.A.R.s)