Policy and Procedure

MOSSL Rules of the Game

Before the start of each season please review the Administrative By-laws 

Policy for taking games

  1. When the schedule initially opens you may take up to 5 centers and 10 lines. Failure to follow this policy may result in removing you from the schedule completely.
  1. After the schedule has been open for 2 full days you may log back in and pick up whatever games are left open.
  1. If you are scheduling more than one game in a day please do not take back to back centers. The only exception to this is when we are short referees. The schedules will be reviewed at least 2 weeks prior to games. If you are signed up for back to back centers MOSSL reserves the right to make adjustments.
  1. If picking up a game less than 6 hours prior to the start of the game it is your responsibility to contact the home team to verify the game has not been changed or cancelled. Due to office hours, weather related issues, field conditions, and self-scheduling, game changes or cancellations may not get updated in a timely manner. MOSSL is not required to enforce payment of referee fees if you sign up after the start of that 6 hour period, and haven't verified the game is still on for the same time and location. Communication is key.
  1. Parents and relatives should only referee a family member's game if no one else is available. Please make sure Coaches are aware of your relationship to the player before the game starts.

Policy for dropping games

In the event you are unable to appear at a game you've been scheduled for that is more than 7 days in the future, please fill out the removal request form found in the referee tab on this website. If the game in question is less than 7 days in the future you remain responsible for your assignment until you can find another referee to take the assignment. Please set the game as available. 

Setting an Accepted assignment back to Available will place the game back into the Self-Assign list for another Referee to Accept. If the game assignment is not Accepted by another Referee in advance of the game start time, the original Referee is still responsible for completing the assignment.  If no replacement has been found and you do not show up for your game disciplinary action may be taken.

Game Priority of Referee Assignments

Each registered Referee and AR is expected to keep all assignments he/she accepts. There are certain occasions, though, when the referee has a duty to turn back a lower level appointment and accept a higher level match, but only within the hierarchy defined below:

  1. Professional League Matches
  2. Adult and Youth National Tournaments
  3. Adult Interstate National Cup Competitions
  4. Adult Intrastate National Cup Competitions
  5. Adult and Youth State Cup Competitions

This priority policy does NOT apply within 72 hours of the scheduled match time of the accepted assignment. NO other match (with the exception of the above) has appointment priority or precedence over any other match within the state.

  • Adult assignments at any level do NOT take precedence over any youth assignment.
  • Tournament assignments do NOT take precedence over league matches.
  • Older age assignments do NOT take precedence over younger age games.
  • More games, higher pay, better game quality are NOT acceptable reasons to turn back an accepted assignment.