Soccer Referee Course to be Offered in Lenox

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LENOX, Mass. -- The Massachusetts State Soccer Referee Committee will hold a new Grade 8 course on Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Hampton Inn on Pittfield Road (Route 7).
The U.S. Soccer entry-level course will be led by a U.S. Soccer-certified instructor. 
The course is in three parts. Students are required to complete the following:
1. Online study modules (approximately 4-6 hours work). To allow for verification, the modules must be completed a minimum 72 hours before classroom attendance.
2. Eight hours classroom attendance
3. A test on the laws of the game, completed in the classroom - passing grade 80%.
The class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including testing. Students should wear appropriate clothing and bring a lunch.
Participants must be at least 14 years old on the day of the course and must upload a full-face headshot to their Massref account. Participants aged 17 and older as of Dec. 31, 2019, also must provide a government-issued i.d. (like a driver's license) for validation.
The cost is $115, which includes registration, administration and course fees. The course must be prepaid; participants' seats are not reserved until payment is received.
U.S. Soccer-affiliated leagues can only assign U.S. Soccer-certified referees.
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