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From Pitch to Pixel: How One Referee is Helping Soccer Referees Through Videos!

This March, 50 years ago, People Magazine debuted for the first time. Not only were there stories about celebrities, but most of the magazine was about human interest stories spotlighting intriguing people—young and old. I really loved it then because I loved to read about ordinary people doing amazing things. I was inspired by many of the stories—especially those putting kindness and good back into our world (it was still a crazy world then, including the Vietnam War, which was coming to an end).


It's admirable when young people in the 18-35 age group come up with cool things independently. Over the years, they have been recognized in several ways (schools/local newspapers/books), as not all the good cast out was highlighted in People.


So, when I recently went to our annual CASRA soccer kick-off meeting at the beginning of March, I ended up sitting with two young guys, Bill and Justin. I've refereed plenty of games with both of them and find them charming, great referees, and willing to give back to the beautiful game. But it is Justin who took "giving back" a leap further.


Last year, Justin started rolling out videos of different soccer plays to CASRA (Captial Area Soccer Referee Association). There were the fouls and tackles that required yellow and red cards and everything in between in those first few episodes. I watched them all. They were short and to the point, and I learned from them. Since I've referred to a lot of games with Justin (we got our badges the same year - 2010), I immediately knew his commentary voice on the videos.


When the CASRA President, Erik Endler, announced Justin Perry as the recipient of the Ray Edmondson Jr. Founders Achievement Award, a standing ovation followed, which was well-deserved indeed. No one from CASRA ordered or asked Justin to create the videos; he did them all independently. He knew what could be helpful to his fellow referees with continuing education using today's technology and kicked it out of the park! He's got a bright future no matter his pursuits—on and off the soccer pitch!


Congratulations, Justin!


bSoleille!

Terri


Photos: 1) Justin with his award; 2) our new CASRA badges (if we are not refereeing a USSF-sanctioned game, that is) 3) Maryland Majors Soccer crew with Justin to the far right with flag - photo from CASRA website.










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Misafir
21 Mar

"No one from CASRA ordered or asked Justin to create the videos; he did them all independently. He knew what could be helpful to his fellow referees with continuing education using today's technology and kicked it out of the park!'


Beautiful. Congratulations to Justin for taking the initiative and "showing up" to help! A beautiful post of shining the light on the GOOD that people do in this world. Well done, Justin, and Terri!


Bill Tomoff

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