NEW STATE DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION

We are proud to announce the appointment of Wendell Babb!

LETTER OF INTRODUCTION FROM NEW STATE DIRECTOR OF REFEREE INSTRUCTION - WENDELL T. BABB JR.

I began as a player, particularly as a goalkeeper. Shortly after my son was born, I began looking to get involved with officiating soccer.  This is when I sat in my first class back in 1994. Since then, I worked my way up through the ranks to State Referee. It was during that journey that I decided I wanted to become an instructor to help those who also wanted to become referees. My biggest influence through all of this was a gentleman named Richard Giebner, a retired FIFA referee.

I live in Tucson with my wife, Sonja, a self-proclaimed soccer widow of 25 years, but she puts up with it. I have two adult children, 21 and 23 years old. Then seven years ago, my wife and I took on another challenge and adopted two more children who are now 10 and 7 years old. We both had no idea that we would be starting over as parents. It has been both rewarding and challenging ever since.

Back some time ago, I was appointed the Tucson Area Director of Referee Instruction and took over the task of training referees. I hope I've had some influence on the referees within the Tucson area. With this appointment, I needed to try to get involved with the referee administration. I looked to make improvements in our state's referee development program. One of my goals is to continue the development of referees within the state and move our state forward with changes made by the national referee development program. I have big shoes to fill and look forward to continue to promote our program.

I look forward to working with all of the referees and future referees in the state as your SDI and I always welcome input.

Wendell

  • Skills Clinic for Assistant Referees
  • 03/17/2015
  • April 2, 6-8 pm at GYSA Fields, 4260 S GREENFIELD RD, GILBERT AZ (SW corner of Germann & Greenfield Rd, meet at concession booth) This clinic is specifically targeted for 1st & 2nd year Assistant Referees.  Dealing with coaches & spectators, what your center needs from you, and mechanics & law review to assist on 2016 recertification test. Clinic and open forum.  Door prizes of referee gear.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.  Please register for this clinic so that we know head count for snacks!  Class description and instructions for registration found on Classes and Clinics page under Grade 9 to 8 Bridge Class 12449-SC1 and register on Arizona Game Officials under Referee Courses.Read more >>
  • Sergi Appointed New SYRA
  • 03/05/2015
  • Congratulations, Todd Sergi, on being appointed the new Arizona State Youth Referee Administrator.  Also, many thanks to outgoing SYRA, Murray Boess, for his many years of service!  For more information, see the AYSA Press Release.Read more >>
  • Badge Not Arrived
  • 01/07/2015
  • Been more than 6 weeks since your registration was uploaded to USSF and your 2015 badge has still not arrived?  Check status by contacting Sarah Tekulve at Sarah.Tekulve@azref.com[mailto:Sarah.Tekulve@azref.com]with your full name and correct address.  She can request a resend from USSF, if needed.Read more >>
  • Assignor Policy Adopted
  • 10/15/2014
  • Effective immediately, the ASRA has adopted a policy regarding eligibility and qualifications to become a USSF-certified assignor in Arizona.  We have done this to ensure the integrity of those very highly regarded and influential members of the officiating community whose actions play a key role in the referee development program. We believe this policy will upgrade the expertise and quality of those individuals we certify as assignors.  See Changes for 2015 for Assignor Requirements.Read more >>