NH State Referee Committee Response to COVID-19
To: NH Soccer Recertifying Referees and Prospective Referees
From: NH State Referee Committee
Subject: NH State Referee Committee Response to COVID-19
Date: March 13, 2020
With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases being reported across the country and in New Hampshire, the New Hampshire State Referee Committee has been monitoring the situation in regards to both in-person recertification courses and new referee courses and field sessions. We have determined that it is in our collective best interest for the health and safety of all to cancel all remaining, scheduled in-person courses for the 2020 registration year. This includes the following announced courses of which many have signed up:
- Manchester New Referee Course on March 21
- Epping Recertifying Referee Course on March 30
- Portsmouth New Referee Course on April 4
- Concord Recertifying Referee Course on April 19
These cancelations are in addition to all US Soccer referee courses and workshops that have already been announced as postponed or canceled through April 30, 2020.
We are currently working on a plan to potentially offer both recertification and new referee courses in a virtual environment. We are coordinating with US Soccer to ensure we can meet all their licensing requirements while ensuring the health and safety of the New Hampshire referee and soccer communities. While nothing has been confirmed, we hope to announce more detailed plans and options for those who aspire to get their referee license for 2020 early next week.
At this time, we are recommending those who have already registered for courses to work to complete the online components. The online modules can be accessed through the US Soccer Learning Center (https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee/) and going to My Courses, selecting your course, clicking on “Go to Classroom,” and finally clicking on the assignments tab. Those who have not previously signed up for a recertification course or are on a waitlist will need to wait until we announce our plan going forward to potentially sign up and gain access to online content.
We appreciate your flexibility, understanding, and patience as we manage this situation to find solutions that work for both US Soccer requirements, the good of the game, and the health and safety of all involved. In dealing with this situation, we strongly recommend that you follow the advice, direction, and guidance of your local health department.
For more information on the current status across the country and measures you can take, go to:
New Hampshire State Referee Committee