2011 NYSWYSA Young Referees of the Year

is a young man who loves the game of Soccer.  He is a leader, hard working and dedicated.  He is passionate about the game and an intelligent player with a strong knowledge of the rules.  He has always been a great role model for the younger kids in his local program.  Because of his love for the game, he decided to become a referee.  When he is officiating a game, he is confident and professional. His knowledge of the game is evident and helps him handle any situation presented to him on the field.  He has the respect from the players, coaches and even the spectators.

As a player, he started in a role that is often conducive to becoming a referee. The one position in which they are able to see everyone on the field and what everyone on the field is doing. In this position, they must also quickly read the attack for potential threats and lead the defense to counter those threats. That position? Goalkeeper. This young man started in goal for his first two years of varsity soccer. In his junior year he switched to sweeper and midfield and was placed on the third team New York State Public High School Athetic Association All-State team. He has helped lead his team to 4 league championships, 3 sectional championships and two appearances in the NYS High School Class C Finals. And he was equally effective on the other end of the field as well scoring 16 goals with 13 assists in the two years of varsity soccer that he was not the starting keeper. He has also played on several travel and premier teams in the state.

Academically, he is in the top 10% of his class, is a member of the National Honor Society and has demonstrated leadership by being elected his class president three years in a row. He carries a 3.69 GPA with advanced placement in math and english. He college interests include sports management and political science. Showing the skills he possesses as a referee should bode well for him in political science.

He has been a referee since he was 12 years old which means that he is now entering his 8th year as a referee. He has been doing centers on every level of youth match that is available within our state-officiating at the previous two state cup tournaments where he was recognized as one of the best officials present. He has been doing at-age-centers locally for the previous 4 years and those matches seem to always go off without a hitch. Last year he was invited to the Region 1 ODP camp where he recieved feedback from some national assessors, instructors and referees and he looks forward to attending the Region 1 Championships and ODP Tournament this year.

This young man is the “whole” package. As one of his teachers commented “He is one of those kids that every college dreams will apply to thier school.” I can personally tell you that he is one of the most mature and intelligient young men you will ever meet and he has a great sense of humor as well.

is a young lady who accepts and achieves challenges with confidence. She is an extremely talented fourth year referee from Williamstown who has made her mark on soccer in her community, has assumed leadership roles amongst her peers, has excelled in academics and helps her community whenever she can.

As a referee, she is sound mechanically, very fast, incredibly fair, and thinks quickly on her feet. She has shown the ability to not only stand up to those who are bigger than her in stature but knows when it might be best to pursue another avenue to control contentious situations. She is currently refereeing in all of the top state and regional youth leagues, receiving assignments at the Under 19 and 16 level as centers in those matches as well as performing as an assistant referee in Men’s and Women’s amateur matches.

As a soccer player, she is currently the captain of her high school squad and has played varsity all 4 years. She also is the captain of her varsity basketball and track teams. She has won many awards for her athletic performance that would take far to long to enumerate here. She has run the Rochester Half Marathon and came in 2nd for females 18 and under 2 years ago and won the Female 18 and Under race last year. She is also a Certified Scuba Diver.

As a leader amongst her peers, she is president of her student congress and was president of her class for two years. As a student, she is a member of the national honor society and is currently an Advanced Placement scholar. She has won the American Citizenship Award, the Harvard College Book Award, the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement; and was also the winner of the United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award. She was also the Homecoming Queen.

In addition, she is a talented musician who has received many awards and invitations due to her skill on trumpet as well as an instrument that is one of the hardest to play: the bugle.

In her spare time she belongs to several High school clubs and volunteers in the community helping with the assembly of care packages for the troops overseas, Skating Athletes Bold at Heart, the Ride for Roswell Park Cancer Institute and, of course, TOP Soccer.

For her, being a referee is not about just showing up to do a job, it is not about a paycheck, and it is not about winning awards. She says that being a referee has helped her find her voice, gain confidence, and learn to do what is right even if it is not the easiest route to take.