Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of CSOA. Below are the steps that you must follow to become a member. If you have any questions about this process you can contact the commissioner.
Register with VHSL - Complete a VHSL information form and submit it to CSOA. Registration for soccer is on-line and takes place starting in July. Details will be provided following receipt of your information form. The registration fee this year is $45.00 including insurance unless you register for another VHSL sport, in which case you will pay $30. Since there is no reciprocity, if you register in another state you will still have to pay for Virginia registration. Rulebooks will be provided when they are received from VHSL.
Complete the mandatory Rules Clinic and take the National Federation High School Exam – Both the rules clinic and exam are administered on-line; guidance will be provided. To prepare for the exam, review the rules book. In addition, it is vital that you read the play rulings throughout the rule book. If you take the exam in Maryland or the District of Columbia in the fall, notify the Secretary/Treasurer so that your test score can be transferred to VHSL.
Attend the annual CSOA Clinic/Business Meeting that is held in February; usually on the first Saturday in February. The Clinic runs from about 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. There is an orientation session for referees new to CSOA following the main part of the clinic. We provide breakfast and offer important information related to refereeing high school matches, such as points of emphasis. Vendors of referee gear will also be in attendance. The clinic is mandatory for all CSOA referees so please plan ahead.
Complete your availability using Arbitersports.com - see related information under Assignor tab
You need to keep your availability current so that your assignor can begin to assign games immediately following the clinic and throughout the season. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT AS YOUR AVAILBILITY CHANGES YOU MUST UPDATE YOUR AVAILABILITY IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ASSIGNOR GETS YOU THE GAMES THAT YOU CAN DO.
CSOA refs also do scrimmages for the high schools as a way to knock the rust off from the winter. It is expected that each ref will volunteer to do two scrimmages. Check in with the assignor at the Clinic/Business Meeting to sign up for scrimmages.