"It's an excellent program because it provides competent referees to do high school games," MVSOA president Paul Fennema said.
"We're very proud of our students.
This year's class boasts 12 candidates, which Fennema
said is an average class.
They range from individuals with some experience to individuals with none.
No matter the experience level, they practice both two-man and three-man refereeing to give them a feel of both systems, which are used at junior varsity and varsity levels.
"There are some referees that have zero games before today," Fennema
"There are some that have done several years of games in the USSF
(United States Soccer Federation) refereeing program.
Every one of them brings different skills.
If we have ones that are very skilled, we try to polish that skill.
If we have ones that are new to this, we will bring them along, and they will be competent shortly."
praised the program and said all the referees in the association get along with each other and help each other grow outside of the training program.
"We have a very good mentoring system in the MVSOA