Close to 20 youth referees caught a glimpse of what to expect as an international official during Guam Football Association’s 2019 Referees Camp held over the weekend at LeoPalace Resort Guam.
The Referees Camp, with its third year in the books, captured the attention of referees from the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth League.
“A friend told me about being a referee, and he said he was making a lot of money," said Aya Cathey, a second-year participant. "Of course, I wanted to make some money too.”
Cathey, at first, wasn't sure that she made the right decision. But, as the camp wore on, she recognized its value and had fun.
“I didn’t see it (the camp) as interesting, at first, but thought maybe I should just go to a referees course and see how it goes," Cathey said. "I started officiating and found that I actually enjoyed it.”
The course, mainly an incentive camp for first-time referees, included classroom and practical sessions, a modified fitness test, and an overnight stay.
“For next year’s camp, and future camps, I’d like to incorporate even more activities, whether it be on the field or in a meeting room,” said Shawn Spindel, GFA assistant director of referees.
Spindel said that he would like to see the camp grow into a weeklong program.
He also stated that he would like to have more female participation.
"I’m hoping we can get eight to 10 females interested in officiating to participate in next year’s camp,” Spindel said.
The camp concluded with a short certificate presentation ceremony with Joe Roberto, GFA Referees Committee, chairman; Cheri Stewart, GFA General Secretary (acting), and George Stewart, GFA director of referees. Also at the camp were facilitators Eladio Manansala, Kyle Legozzie, Erlissa Delfin, Josiah Elwell, and Derrick Yen.
“This was my first camp, ... and I would recommend it to my friends,” said Meto Harmon, a camp participant. “It was a good experience."
Camp participants receiving a certificate of completion were Aya Cathey, Caleb Elwell, Aidan Flory, Conor Flory, Harmon, Cason Jackson, Terrance Johnson, Andrew McCormic, Ska Medina, Garrett Merrill, Jason Palomares, Sophia San Agustin, Jariah San Gil, Sabastian Sosa, Destiny Wade, and Erin Wang.