Monday, February 4, 2008

What happens at National Camp

My name Terry Vaughn and I am one of the full timers and I wanted to let you know what goes on at the National Camp. The full time Referees (Jiar Marrufo Ricardo Salazar, Baldomero Toledo and Terry Vaughn) spent Jan 24-27 in Carson California at what is called National Camp one as presenters . Here is a quick look at our agenda. When we arrived on Thursday, we checked in to the hotel and registered for camp. US Soccer hosted a nice a nice reception after the reception we had the opportunity to listen to CEO/ Secretary General Dan Flynn describe where the programs focus for the future will be. We also listened to Coach John Ellinger, Technical Director, US Youth Soccer, about team formations and other tactical adjustments teams make. On Friday, we helped with the fitness testing in the morning. The camp attendees also took a written test on Friday. The rest of the day was used for doing game analysis lead by Sandy Hunt. In the evening we heard from league representatives about their respective leagues (USL Lee Cohen - MISL Herb Silva – US Soccer Show Case Academy Asher Mendelsohn) and we also had the opportunity to hear from FBI Agent Jim Finnegan about gambling issues. Paul Tamberino, Director of Pro Referee Development provided information about assignments and the structure to help identify and develop new referees. This structure is to help new referee reach the top levels of the USL and MLS. On Saturday, we spent most of the day on case studies, this was lead by Esse Baharmast, Director of International Referee Development, Alfred Kleinaitis, Manager of Referee Development and Education, and Paul Tamberino. During this excersies, all participants watched 30 videos and then they were broke into small groups of ten or so. Each group was responsible for reviewing two of the clips to determine if what happened in the clip was right or wrong, and what could have been done differently to better the situation. The large group then met back together to discuss and each of the small group leaders would go up front and present what they decided. The larger group would indicate what they thought. The Staff would tell them if they were right, steer them the right way or ask more detailed question. The rest of session included presentation on Positioning by Sandy Hunt, AR involvement by Craig Lowry, Nate Clement, and Steve Davidson, Fitness by Ricardo Salazar, Game Preparation by Baldomero Toledo, Pre Game by Jiar Marrufo, and Bench Control by Terry Vaughn. On Sunday, we heard from Brooks McCormick, Chairman of the Referee Program, Julie Ilacqua, Managing Director of Referee Programs, Paul Tamberino, and Esse Baharmast about the programs future. Then it was time to honor the new National referees which pasted the testing. All new National Referees were called up front one by one and given their new National referee badge, a National Referee Pin for their blazer and a certificate showing they have completed the requirements to be National referees. They all stood up on the stage while the others in the room gave them a standing ovation to recognize their efforts. Pictures are taken, hugs and high fives given and everyone headed to the airport to go home and celebrate with their family and friends.

Terry Vaughn


JORGE-8 said...

I'm a youth referee from cal south and hopefully i get to be at the national level like all of these great referees who were able to get it done.CONGRATULATIONS
-Jorge Partida Cal South

Krill said...

Hello. My name is John, I'm 27 and I had a question about the National Camp. Currently I have a Grade 7 badge, a badge I just received at the end of 2007. How long would it take me to make it to the National Camp (3/4) if I was really serious about it and did nothing but referee games? What are the best games to referee to prepare you for the National Camp (older youth? very competitive youth games? amateur? USL or PDL? college?)? Thank you for your time and feedback.

U.S. Soccer said...

You should review the grade requirements for upgrade to the various levels in the Referee Administrative Handbook. As you progress from grade to grade, the level of games that are counted become a higher level. This is all outlined in the Referee Administrative Handbook, which can be found online at, Referee Programs. You will want to review pages 18 – 23.

Anonymous said...

The rest of session included presentation on Positioning by Sandy Hunt, AR involvement by Craig Lowry, Nate Clement, and Steve Davidson, Fitness by Ricardo Salazar, Game Preparation by Baldomero Toledo, Pre Game by Jair Marrufo, and Bench Control by Terry Vaughn
Question from a young Grade 8 who hopes to be a National Referee someday. Would it be possible to get these presentations? If I could, I'd really appreciate it. I'm always looking to improve my training and education and this seems like the perfect opportunity to. I'm in regular contact with two Nationals (one retired), and it's always enjoyable to listen to what they have to say since they know the game and the profession so well. I've been regularly doing high level matches, and I plan on traveling to high level tournaments this year so another opportunity to learn from professional referees would be perfect.