MEMORANDUM – 8.9.23
Georgia Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association
Thanks to everyone who made the time to attend Saturday’s clinic, particularly those who drove several hours from South Georgia to attend the fitness test at 8:00 AM.
A special thanks to our Guest Clinician Guido Gonzales for his outstanding presentation on how he and his MLS peers have used both successes and challenges as learning experiences to improve their craft. The video presentations made the content more relatable and his ability to apply those experiences to the college game was invaluable.
Hopefully, you found the content entertaining and informative as we commence the 2023 season.
As veterans of GISOA know, our annual clinic falls on the first Saturday of August (or occasionally, the final Saturday of July) each year, so I would respectfully ask each of you to make every reasonable effort to block August 3, 2024, so we can improve attendance and maximize the value we bring to membership.
Thank you to everyone who has paid this year’s dues. For those who haven’t (44 members), please do so ASAP. As a reminder, you can remit ($190) by Venmo or Zelle to Kevin Biando at XXXXXXXXXXX. Failure to do so by 8/31/23 will result in a late fee of 10%. After 10.31.23, the additional fee will be 10% plus $25. After 12.31.23, the fee will increase to 10% plus $25 plus all NISOA late fees (approximately $75).
Several of you took advantage of Stuart Dunn’s offer to donate our old uniforms to the Dantes House Project, a very special program focused on disadvantaged youth and the game of soccer. A total of 78 referee uniforms were collected, along with 28 pairs of socks, 20 miscellaneous shirts, 9 pairs of shorts, 6 sweat bands and 2 pairs of sweatpants.
Stuart has generously agreed to collect again at our 2024 clinic, so if you have retained your old uniforms because you don’t have new ones yet – or just for their sentimental value – you may choose to donate next year as well.
For the most part, I’m not hearing of delivery problems for current members who ordered this summer as recommended. However, if you don’t yet have your new uniforms but have assignments coming up, please observe the following procedure – in this order of priority - when determining what to wear to your next assignment:
During Larry’s presentation on the 2023 Rules Refresher, questions were raised related to A.R. 3.2.2.d. It is determined that a goal is scored by a player not listed on the game roster and/or an illegal player for that contest. RULING: Provided it is determined before the end of the game, the player shall be removed from the game and the goal nullified:
While Larry addressed both questions in the meeting, Rich Grady, NCAA Secretary-Rules Editor confirmed Larry’s interpretation yesterday that the team would still play short, and the player would still accumulate the card, even if the player was not listed on the game roster. As Rich stated in his clarification, “The governing principle is that a team should not be able to benefit from something they screwed up.” Always nice when the rules interpretation follows basic logic.
Lastly, please take a moment to check out the work that Michael Sabatelle has put into updating our website at www.gisoa.com. See the “HOME/CURRENT NEWS” tab for more detail about the clinic, uniforms, and more.
Continue training and keeping your availability current! See you on the pitch.
With the Fall Clinic/General Membership Meeting just under three weeks away, please note the following details and make sure you are prepared:
Date: Saturday 8/5/23
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am Personal Fitness Test
Meeting: 9:00 am
Location: The Westminster Schools
Fitness testing will commence promptly at 8:00am at the Westminster Track.
Please plan to arrive well in advance of that time in order to be accounted for and warm up. Water and shower facilities will be provided. Larry Pachon will lead the PFT, which will be comprised of three tests as described below.
While preparation for this test (and the Fall Season, in general) should have started long ago, please use this remaining time to adjust your regimen to include these tests and ensure you are able to participate in a way that is both safe and productive. Results from this exam will be provided to NISOA and all assignors.
I am pleased to announce that our LEAD Clinician this year will be former GISOA member and current MLS Referee Guido Gonzales! Guido was the USL Referee of the Year in 2019 and made his MLS debut in 2018. He has over 57 games under his belt as center referee and far more as 4th and VAR, but most of us know him from his years of service to the college game as a member of our own chapter. We are fortunate to have Guido share his experience with us at the clinic.
2024 dues have bee set at $190 this year, level to the prior year and in keeping with our goal of providing high-quality, beneficial education, training, and administration to membership while operating as efficiently as possible. Please remit dues now, but no later than 8/5/23 to Kevin Biando, GISOA, Treasurer. Preferred method of payment is Venmo: @kevin-biando (last four: 3033) or Zelle: 678-469-3033.
Looking forward to seeing you and enjoying a productive and exciting clinic on 8/5!
First, I would like to thank Past-President Griff Sims for his 11 years of outstanding and dedicated leadership to the Chapter. He will continue to be a valuable asset on the Board in his new, Past-President, capacity. It is truly an honor to represent GISOA as your 2022-2024 President.
MEMORANDUM - 5.24.22
I will be stepping down after serving as Chapter President for the past 11 years We will be voting on new leadership and will provide more details in follow-up broadcast.
Many thanks to 2022 GISOA Membership Committee “teammates Brandon Adams, Kevin Biando, Shannon O’Carroll, Larry Pachon, Tarik Veledar, Wes Williams, & Tim Wool for their commitment to identify developing referees to become valued members of our Chapter."
We have issued new member invites and will announce acceptances in follow-up broadcast
The leadership and mentoring of the GISOA Presidents will never be forgotten! Thanks Wes, Griff, Joe and Terry for your combined decades of service!!