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WPASOA - Sectionals

2019 Sectionals
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Assigning for Sectionals

  1. At the end of the regular season, officials' ratings from the previous season are merged (50/50) with coaches' ratings from the current season to form new sectional ranking lists, one for boys and one for girls.

  2. These new rankings lists include officials from groups 1A, 1, and 2A.

  3. In order to be included, an official must have worked or been scheduled to work a minimum of 15 games (combined boys and girls and all levels) for SW BOCES during the regular season. This is a WPASOA requirement.

  4. Also, to be included on both boys and girls lists, an official must have worked at least 6 boys games AND 6 girls games. This is a SW BOCES requirement. For example, if an official worked 14 boys games but only 5 girls games, he/she will not be eligible to work girls' sectional games.

  5. These new lists will be used by SW BOCES to assign officials to outbracket, first round, and quarter-final games, based on ranking, availability, and preferred or non-preferred lists of officials submitted by schools. In these rounds the dual system of control will be used.

  6. For the semi-final and final rounds, the diagonal system of control will be used. The Board will submit to SW BOCES a list of qualified referees and assistant referees based on experience in the three-man system as Referee, Assistant Referee, or both. Officials will have the opportunity to submit their experience in the three-man system at the Tournament Rules Meeting. The list will be submitted in alphabetical order. The Board will not rank the officials as our officials are not rated in the diagonal system. Once again, assignments will be based on availability, and preferred and non-preferred lists of officials submitted by schools.

  7. The number of assignments given to Westchester officials depends on the seeding of the Westchester teams still in the tournament AND the match-ups. If a semi-final or final has two Westchester teams, Westchester officials will fill all 3 positions. In the case of two different counties, the Board whose team has the higher seed will provide the Referee and one Assistant Referee position.

  8. The fees will be the same for the referee and the assistant referees. There is a 10% increase in fee for semi-final assignments and a 20% increase for finals assignments. Travel fees are applicable for assignments outside Westchester-Putnam.

Sectional Reminders

  • Get there early - at least 45 minutes before the kickoff.
  • Have your NFHS rulebook and Tie-Breaking Procedures at the field.
  • Have detailed pre-game with your partner(s).
  • Inspect field - corner kick distance for defenders - nets, balls, player equipment, etc.
  • Identify site coordinator for spectator or fan issues.
  • The visible scoreboard clock should run all the way down to 0:00 in all periods, including overtime. Home team has the option of having officials keep time on the field. In this case the visible scoreboard clock (if there is one) is to be TURNED OFF.
  • Speak with trainers about waiting to enter the field of play until beckoned (remember, if you stop the clock on an injury, the player must leave.)
  • Get rosters from coaches - check rosters and confirm with coaches that only people on the roster can be on the bench side of field. Add them now (assistants, trainers) or they go to other side.
  • Remind coaches about subs being at mid-field before the ball goes out of play on a goal kick, corner kick, or throw-in.
  • Remind coaches that players can only enter directly from the bench before the start of a period.
  • Remind coaches that bench personnel must be seated, not standing.
  • Remind coaches that subs warming up should wear pinnies.
  • Review overtime procedures (2x15 SV for boys; 2x10 full, then 2x5 SV for girls) with coaches and review that PK shooters can be anyone on roster not red-carded. Order of shooters can be changed once given.
  • Identify ball persons.
  • Confirm pre-game routine - anthem? intro of players? International-style walkout?
  • Pre-game conference with captains and head coaches - congratulate both teams and conduct normal pre-toss routine - ask coaches the question, read the Sportsmanship card.
  • Make sure both teams line up and shake hands before the match begins.

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