The American Experience – California

The American Experience – California

The American Experience - Sacramento and San Diego, California, USA

  • Holiday Category
  • 16/07/2020 - 28/07/2020
  • U15-U19
  • Hotel
  • Experience Package (see tour)
  • Registration Is Open
  • 12/12 Available Places
  • Deadline Date: 31/05/2020

Detailed Information

Referee Abroad has been offered the possibility of attending, with up to 12 of its referees, two of America’s best youth tournaments – the Davis Showcase and the Surf Cup. Both tournaments take part in California in July.

Referees selected for the Referee Abroad American Experience will attend both tournaments, with a four day holiday tour taking place between the two.

The tournaments are:

– Davis Legacy Showcase (17th-20th July)
– San Diego Surf Cup Olders (25th-27th July)

The Referee Abroad American Experience includes:

– Refereeing at 2 of the leading tournaments in the country
– Hotel accommodation at both
– Organised tour in the 4 days between each tournament including car rent and accommodation, plus entrance to the leading sights in California.

The tour costs approximately €750 per person, which includes:

– Referee Abroad participation fee;
– Rental car for two weeks;
– Accommodation in hotels in Davis and San Diego;
– Accommodation in hotels between tournaments;
– Entry to Alcatraz Prison and other sights;
– Day tour of San Francisco;
– You’ll receive a tournament reimbursement of around 400 dollars per referee

Meals and petrol costs excluded.

The Referee Abroad American Experience includes:

– Refereeing at 2 of the leading tournaments in the country
– Hotel accommodation at both
– Organised tour in the 4 days between each tournament including car rent and accommodation, plus entrance to the leading sights in the area!

Referee should:
– Be over the age of the 18 at the time the tournaments take place
– Have a minimum refereeing experience of 2 years
– Be from a country that does not need official invitation to get a VISA to enter the United States, as this can’t be arranged at the present time due to short notice

All referees selected for the events will be entitled to, during the tournaments:

– limited free food at hotels and/or fields
– 3/5 games per day during tournament days
– A travel reimbursement (around 400 dollars – amount of will be confirmed at a later date)

The cost of the Tournaments Abroad American Experience is detailed in the Tour tab.

What’s not included?
– Travel costs to/from tournament (flight tickets and transport to tournament)
– VISA fee, if applicable

See the tab “Tour” for more information.

Please notice that each selected referee will need to submit the following documents in order to be officially accepted for the event:

– Copy of passport and VISA (if applicable);
– Copy of referee card/licence;
– Letter from home federation granting permission to referee and summary of referee experience;
– Official USSF application to referee in the USA (this will be sent to you to submit);
– Proof of background check;
– Safesport training certificate (an access code to take the test will be sent to you).

Until all paperwork is approved your participation will not be officially confirmed.

Please note – in order to receive money from the tournament, you’ll need to apply for the appropriate VISA (B1/B2). People who travel on the “Esta program” (visa waiver) will not be paid.

The Referee Abroad American Experience includes not only two high quality tournaments, but also a tour in between the two tournaments for all referees involved. Here’s a full outline of this fantastic experience:

The details of our TCalifornia Tour will be posted in due course. They will however include visits to both San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as other leading sights in the area. Contact us for more details. 
 
Meals and petrol costs excluded. 

As part of the Referee Abroad American Experience, accommodation is provided throughout. The accommodation details will be provided at a later date. During the tournaments these will be hotels while for the 4 day tour we’ll stay together in an apartment-style accommodation or hotels.

Davis, CA, where the tournament takes place, is true college town, one of the last in America with a wonderful downtown experience. A cosy little city, it lies only minutes away from California’s capital, Sacramento.

Sacramento is the star on the map of California – where you will find cultural attractions to inspire you, cutting-edge cuisine to impress you, history to enrich you and surprises to put a smile on your face. Venture out in any direction and you’ll see why we’re so fond of saying, “California begins here.”

It is the oldest incorporated city in California, settled between the confluences of the Sacramento and American rivers. It was founded in 1849 and there are many reminders of the history of the city including Sutter’s Fort, Old Sacramento, and remnants of the original ground level of Sacramento. It experienced explosive growth when gold was discovered in 1848 in nearby Coloma, and the gold rush that followed was the largest human migration in history. Currently it has a population of 490,000 in the city and over two million in the metropolitan area.

The pace of life is somewhat slower than in other large Californian cities, and the people are generally seen as warm and friendly.

San Diego is a large and pleasant coastal city right on the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. It’s home to 1.3 million citizens and the second-largest city in the state with many universities and good swimming beaches. It’s also known for its ideal climate, bio and communications technologies, long history, nightlife, outdoor culture and ethnic diversity.

The city sits just north of the Mexican border, across from Tijuana. Though a large city, San Diego has a somewhat slower paced atmosphere and, when visiting, some may find it provides a soothing break from the typical hustle-bustle of a city of its size.

The San Diego area can be an incredible place to visit almost any time of the year, with its mild Mediterranean climate. With coastal temperatures around 75 degrees (24°C) most of the time, the weather is ideal, with very low humidity.

The closest airport to Davis is Sacramento International Airport (SMF), which lies only about 30 minutes away by car and is served by all major airlines in North America. No direct flights are however available from Europe or outside the USA.

As a matter of fact for referees it might be more convenient (and cheaper) to fly into the much bigger San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK). Both airport, but especially the former, offer a variety of connections to international destinations and are about 2 hours away by car.

For those referees combining the Davis Legacy Showcase with the Surf Cup in San Diego, it might be worth considering an open-jaw ticket with arrival into one of the airports mentioned above and departure from either Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or San Diego International Airport (SAN).

San Diego International Airport is the closest airport to downtown San Diego and is served by most of America’s main airlines. Direct flights from Europe are also available, albeit at a higher price, and are operated by British Airways (from London Heathrow), Condor (from Frankfurt, seasonal flight) and Lufthansa (also from Frankfurt).

A better (and cheaper) option to reach South California would be to take one of the many direct flights to Los Angeles, and reach San Diego by either bus, train or rental car (with the latter being the best option, if travelling as a group).

Flights are also available from pretty much any major city in the USA and Canada, should you want to look for a trip involving a layover somewhere.

If joining the Referee Abroad group on the summer refereeing tour which includes the Davis Legacy Showcase in Northern California, it might be worth looking into an open-jaw flight with arrival into San Francisco and departure from either Los Angeles or San Diego.

The tournaments in America were an unbelievable experience! Thanks to RA and all the people around it, they allowed me to improve my refereeing skills and to have one of the best experiences I could ask for in a great country like the USA. 

Josu Perez

Spain

The American tournaments gave me the opportunity to gain more experience as referee on a high level. I also had the chance to get to know the US and its people. During the tournament I made a lot of new friends from different parts of the world.

Maximiliam Wagner

Germany

A week with beautiful weather,  together with very nice people, fantastic hospitality and really good fields. What more do you need? A really charming tournament in a charming city, the perfect start to a refereeing experience in California. 

Ariya Neshaie

Sweden

Date/Time
Date(s) - 16/07/2020 - 28/07/2020
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The Referee Abroad American Experience in California takes place in July 2020. 

The Referee Abroad American Experience includes:

– Refereeing at 2 of the leading tournaments in the country
– Hotel accommodation at both
– Organised tour in the 4 days between each tournament including car rent and accommodation, plus entrance to the leading sights in California. 

The tour costs approximately €750 per person, which includes:

– Referee Abroad participation fee;
– Rental car for two weeks;
– Accommodation in hotels during the tournaments;
– Accommodation in apartment or hotels in between tournaments;
– Entry to local attractions
– Day tour of San Francisco
– You’ll receive a tournament reimbursement of around 400 dollars per referee

Please notice only referees over the age of 18 and from countries that DO NOT need a VISA invitation can apply for this tournament. 

Preference will be given to referees who can attend both tournaments. 

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