Director’s Cup Referee Information

All Director’s Cup and U18 State Cup games are at Simplot Sports Complex this year. There are no games at Optimist. We will be using 29 fields. It will be crowded so allow plenty of time to find a parking place and get to the referee tent in time for check-in. A field map for Simiplot is available at . The referee tent will be where “HQ” is marked on the map.

It is important that you read and understand the Director’s Cup Rules of Competition. It is expected that all referees will have a copy of the rules with them at all times. The Director’s Cup rules are available at .

Director’s Cup weekend also include U18 State Cup games. All of those games are at Simplot. The State Cup rules are available at .

Referee check-in

All referees must check-in at the referee tent 45 minutes before their first assignment of the day. You may check-in for multiple assignments in a row. However, if you have a break, you must check-in again at the referee tent at least 30 minutes before game time. Referees must check-in in person. It is not OK to send your mother, brother, dog, etc. to check-in for you. Please note that for 8:00 AM games we have to check-in almost 100 referees. Arrive early to avoid waiting in a very long line.

What happens if you are late to check-in? You may find that your assignment has been given to another referee or your pay is reduced.

What happens if you don’t check-in at the referee tent? Referees are paid based on check-in. So, if you don’t check-in, there is no way to pay you. Unfortunately, some referees will not pay attention to these instructions and will not be paid as a result. There is only so much I can do to help you.

Center referees will be given a blue game card at check-in. Please record the final score accurately on this game card and return to the referee tent immediately after each game. If you are doing back-to-back centers, please send the game card back with one of your ARs. Alternatively, field marshalls may ask to collect your game card. Under no circumstance should you leave Simplot with a blue game card. Center referees should not expect to be paid if they turn in an incorrect score.

Games are scheduled in very tight time slots. Referees must start and stop games on time. No added or stoppage time is allowed in Director’s Cup. Here are some ideas to help you.

  • No stoppage time.
  • Check-in teams off the field. Do this quickly. Time is your enemy.
  • Teams do not have to warm up on the field. If time is tight advise the coaches that the game will start immediately.
  • If teams are not on the field ready to play, start your watch and let the coaches know that time has started.
  • If center isn’t present, ARs check the teams in.
  • If center isn’t present at game time, one of the ARs becomes the center, starts the game and remains the center for the entire match.
  • Please print your schedule and have it with you. It helps speed up check-in and gets you to the correct field on time.

We will have snacks available all day in the referee tent. A light lunch should also be available on Saturday and Sunday. However, referees should plan on bringing their own water bottles. You will be able to refill water bottles, but no individual water bottles will be available in the referee tent.

Let me know if you have questions.

Have fun!