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How to become a High School Referee in the Central Florida Ridge Soccer Officials Association. (CFRSOA). 

  1.  Contact Kyle Phillips, President: Bruno137@AOL.com , or John Bauman, Director of Education: fsrdrac4@msn.com or Cleve Hillman, current assignor: cchillman@gmail.com - 863-604-4545.
  2. Registration is now live, returning officials go on line to the Florida High School Athletic Association’s (FHSAA) website to register with the state. Registration is done through ArbiterSports. http://www.fhsaa.org/sites/default/files/orig_uploads/officials/OLC2017/olc_2017_fhsaa_arbiter.pdf.
  3. Follow the directions. You will need a credit card to pay your fee. The fee is $46 (this includes insurance that will cover you no matter what sport or level you work in/at) for the first sport and $27 for each subsequent sport.  (Note: new officials are NOT charged a late fee after Sept 29th, but returning officials are!) Choose Central Florida Ridge Soccer Officials Association as your primary association. LAST DAY to register is November 10th (at this time, our association may be listed as cfrso instead of cfrsoa on arbiter).
  4. Contact Cleve Hillman at assignor1943@gmail.com to be placed into the assigning system (www.ArbiterSports.com ) You will not be placed into the system until the assignor has verification of fingerprinting/background check. After logging into ArbiterSports.com, please complete fully your profile. This includes SSN (needed to verify compliance with the JESSICA LUNSFORD ACT (JAL) and to enable the treasurer to issue 1099s for tax purposes).
  5. ObtainFHSAA Official's ID card from CFRSOA - this card will allow to addend any regular season high school sport for free.. Rule.books can be accessed through arbiter (NFHS Hub) after Registration. . FHSAA officials guide book is available online on the fhsaa website: http://www.fhsaa.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2010/09/16/node-181/1718_soccer_manual.pdf
  6. Take a open book, multiple-choice test on the FHSAA rules This will be done online through arbiter. URL for the rule book is: http://nfhs-soccer.arbitersports.com/front/105413/Site/PageContent/NFHS-Soccer-Publications . You will be able to select testing at this link: http://fhsaa.arbitersports.com/front/103524/Test. The 2017 dates are 9/18-10/24.
  7. FINGERPRINT INFORMATION FOLLOWS:
  8. The state mandates that all adults having contact with children at a school facility must pass a background check (Jessica Lunsford Act); this includes getting fingerprints taken. This is coordinated through the Polk County School Board, the School Board of Hardee County, or the School Board of Highlands County. This must be done before the assignor can add you to www.ArbiterSports.com for assignments!!!! A new state law mandates that the schools share and honor this information no matter in which school district one has the background check done. Also, FHSAA has decreed that ANY official who wants to work postseason MUST have a JLA contractor badge. New officials will automatically recieve this badge; returning officials who do not have a badge MUST obtain one from the appropriate school facility.
  9. In Polk County call (863)534-0414 to make an appointment (now required). The location is at 1915 South Floral Ave, Bartow 33830. The FP/BG site is open M-F from 7:30 - 4:00. The cost is 88.60 (includes the Badge ID cost) and one must use a money order made payable to Polk County School Board to pay. You will need your driver's license and social security card (a clear photo of ss card will work). The finger printing is good for five years. Existing officials can obtain a JLA badge for $10. ID badge is needed even if your BG/FP is less than 5 years old. Call and confirm cost and payment method when making an appointment. Please make of copy of your registration paper and send/emal to the assignor (Cleve Hillman). Click here to see sample receipt.
  10. In Hardee County contact the Personnel Department at 863-773-9058. 
  11. In Highlands County, contact the Human Resources Department at 863-471- 5555.
  12. CFRSOA uses a web based game assignment system called arbitersports. If, when you registered, you designated CFRSOA as your primary association, you will be added to the CFRSOA muster list by FHSAA and the assignor will obtain your name and email from that list. Then you will be added to ArbiterSports.com and will receive a welcome email from ArbiterSports. Follow the directions to confirm and activate your registration. Make sure that you fully complete your profile on the arbiter. This includes your cell phone provider and your SSN.  Once you have registered with CFRSOA, our association will keep in touch with you to advise of meetings, education opportunities, game assignments, and areas of concern.
    Consider becoming a United States Soccer Federation referee (USSF). This is the governing body for all soccer in the United States, other than college and high school. USSF has plenty of youth games that you can officiate in the fall. This will give you great experience and help prepare for the high school season. Contact John Bauman (see Item 1) for more information.
  13. Referee uniforms and gear are available at many sporting goods stores. Contact Anne Holzapfel (k4mom@yahoo.com) about ordering the FHSAA mandated jersey. The basic needs are:  Teal FHSAA shirt, Black official’s shorts, black socks with 3 white stripes at the top, whistle, watch, Red, yellow and Blue cards, Black shoes, and some method of record keeping. 
    Not mandatory but handy; Secondary jersey, a second whistle, second watch, and a second pair of socks.
  14. IF ANY OF THIS PRESENTS A FINANCIAL HARDSHIP FOR YOU, PLEASE contact Ken Miller at KJMRef@tampabay.rr.com or 863-286-2121. 
  15. Please keep the assignor apprised of your progress, as he/she cannot assign anyone until the fingerprinting has been done!!!!!!!
CFRSOA welcomes all new referees! We want to make this an enjoyable experience for you. Thank you for being willing to keep soccer alive in Highlands and Hardee Counties!