I am now an over the hill (or better put, in the center circle) referee. I help train new referees, and I try to give them usefull information that will help them advance without some of the growing pains. I am from NJ - where the experience ends when the course is done, and it took me HUNDREDS of games to learn simple things that make the game run better. NJ does not assess without payment and the chance to move up in grade. All of the youth referees are left to figure it out alone. When no one tells you that you are doing it wrong, it is hard to make useful changes. Anyway ... if you are a coach, player, or referee ... what makes a GOOD referee ... if you know a GREAT referee, what are they doing that makes them this way ??? Are they being fair ? Do they know the rules ? Do they speak with a foreign accent ? What ? This is a chance to sound off and help young and upcoming refs to learn something from your experience. This helps them, and it helps the game.