Referee FAQ

Referee FAQ

How do I get paid?

HYS pays:

All Intown referees - 2nd/3rd Grade InTown - $18.00

HYS pays in-town referees once at the end of the season. You do not need to fill out any pay forms. You will be paid based on the games you accept, referee, and submit a game report upon completion.


BAYS pays:

All Travel referees – Center Referees and Assistant Referees


How long is my badge good for? 

Your badge is good for one calendar year (spring and fall seasons). You must recertify each year during the winter. If you take an initial certification during the summer, check that you get a badge for the following year. If so, then you will be certified for the upcoming fall season as well as for the full following year.


How do I get reimbursed for my referee course? 

Fill out a Request for Reimbursement. Click the pdf., Ref_Reimbursement_Form. To be reimbursed, you must actively ref for Hopkinton the following season.


What should I do if a coach or spectator violates the Zero Tolerance Policy?

Soccer is meant to be fun and safe, and the Zero Tolerance Policy helps to ensure that happens. All coaches, and in turn parents of players, have been advised of the policy. Find the Zero Tolerance Policy here:


If anyone violates the Zero Tolerance Policy at a game in Hopkinton, please notify the Hopkinton Referee Assignor, Ray Almeida at 508-878-9103 IMMEDIATELY.  Do not complete your game report until you have spoken to Ray.


How do I accept games?

Each week you will need to send the assignor your availability via  Google form which will be sent to you via email each week. The assignor will then assign you games for the upcoming week and you will need to confirm your games. For Travel games (3rd/4th Grade and up), you will need to accept the game on the BAYS website. This applies to both center refs and AR’s.  For In-Town games you will be emailed your assignments which you must confirm via email response to Ray Almeida.


Do I need to do a game report?

All Travel games (BAYS) need a completed game report (in the same section of the BAYS website as game acceptance) to get paid.

In Town referees need to submit an emailed game report to the assignor, Ray Almeida ([email protected]) in order to be paid and should include:

  • Final Score
  • Halftime Score
  • Start Time of Game
  • End Time of game
  • Field conditions
  • Any additional items worthy of consideration (i.e., Zero tolerance, serious injury, etc.

I am about to ref my first Travel game. How do I register on the BAYS website?

Click here to go to the BAYS Referee Site User Guide. This will walk you through the process step-by-step.


I am about to ref my first Travel game.  IT IS A 3rd/4th Grade GAME. How does this compare to In-Town?

Take some time to read through the Travel rules before the game: click here. Look at the special rules for BAYS 7v7: click here.


         Some similarities to In-Town games:

  • Field size and One ref - NO OFFSIDE
  • 7 players for each team on field
  • If ball goes over half-line from goal kick or keeper release without touching ground or a player, indirect kick goes to other team at half-line.
  • No HEADING of the ball – Indirect Free kick for the opposing team if the ball is headed.

         Some differences from In-Town games:

  • You will check the teams in with rosters at the beginning of the game. Each coach will give you 2 rosters – 1 for you to keep and 1 to give to the other coach.
  • 30-minute halves
  • On goal kicks, ball must be placed within goal box (little box) instead of anywhere within the penalty area (big box)
  • Kicks can be indirect or direct, depending on the infraction.
  • Cards can be issued.
  • Can no longer substitute on other team’s throw-ins unless that team is also subbing at the same time.
  • On an improper throw-in, throw goes to the other team instead of allowing the player to retake the throw.


I am about to ref my first game that is 5th Grade OR HIGHER.  What should I keep in mind?

Take some time to read through the Travel rules before the game: click here. The BAYS 7v7 special rules no longer apply. THERE IS OFFSIDE. Ball can now be kicked over half-line on goal kicks and keeper releases. 5th & 6th grade games are 9v9; 7/8th grade and higher games are 11v11. You will now usually work in a group of 3, with a center and 2 ARs.


What is the length of quarters/halves for the various age groups?

  • InTown (2nd & 3rd grade): Four 12 Minute Quarters
  • 3rd/4th/5th/6th Grade: 30-minute halves
  • 7th/8th Grade: 35-minute halves
  • 9th/10th Grade: 40-minute halves
  • 11th/12th Grade: 45-minute halves


If the weather is questionable, how do I know if the game will be played or not?

If the weather is questionable, check the HYS website before going to the field. The website will be updated as necessary. Once everyone is at the field, it is your call as to whether the field is playable, and conditions are safe to play the game.  If you hear thunder or see a flash of lightning – you must stop the game immediately and wait until 30 minutes after the last thunder crack or flash of lightning has occurred – whichever is later.


I have a question that is not answered here. Who do I contact?

Contact the Hopkinton Referee Assignor, Ray Almeida at [email protected]