Become a Referee
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As a fast-paced sport with many different moving parts, quidditch requires several officials. Every quidditch match is officiated by four to eight referees; a head referee, lead assistant referee, up to assistant referees, a snitch referee, and two goal judges. These referees work together to ensure that each game is run safely and effectively. USQ’s referee program aims to certify referees to ensure the highest standards nation-wide. Referee certification is an ongoing process, consisting first of a written and practical test, and supplemented by referee development programs, online resources, and a system to continually review referee performance.
Every USQ official game must be adjudicated by a certified head referee paid $15 ($20 at USQ regional and national championships) and a certified lead assistant referee paid $10 in order to count for the rankings and regular season requirements. To meet the demand for certified referees, every official USQ team is required to have a certain number of players attempt to become certified referees. More information on referee certification requirements for teams can be found under Team Requirements.
USQ Tiered Referee Certification
This tiered referee certification system aims to alleviate the burden of re-certification from our most skilled officials while increasing the quality of quidditch officiating. In June 2016, the tiered system was reworked to only apply to certified head referees. For more information, please visit this page.
certification and re-certification
The majority of previously certified head referees will begin each season in tier 2. Those who receive excellent feedback and officiate often may qualify for tier 1 status. Those in need of improvement may qualify for tier 3 status. All three tiers are eligible to officiate as head referees during official matches. At USQ events, tier 3 head referees are likely to be given more lead assistant referee assignments. All tiers will be re-assessed at least every six months by the USQ Referee Team. Referee evaluations are crucial in assigning and changing tiers. Tiers are subject to change throughout the season outside of the formal assessments, pending performance and evaluations.
For the start of the 2017-18 season:
- Tier 1 referees need to re-take the head referee written test and purchase a referee membership before officiating their first game. They do not have to complete a field test unless they failed to do so between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.
- Tier 2 referees need to re-take the head referee written test, purchase a referee membership, and pass a field test. This remains true even if the referee had been a tier 1 referee the prior season and passed a field test between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.
- Tier 3 referees need to re-take all three referee written tests (head referee, snitch referee, and assistant referee), purchase a referee membership, and pass a field test.
- Lead assistant referees need to pass all three referee written tests (head referee, snitch referee, and assistant referee) and purchase a referee membership. At USQ regional and national championships, certified head referees will be given scheduling preference for lead assistant referee assignments over those who are certified as lead assistant referee only..
- Referee certification must be completed in the following order to be considered valid: assistant referee written test, snitch referee written test, head referee written test, the referee membership registration (can be purchased earlier but must be purchased at least 24 hours before the field test), and the field test.
- Referee candidates are not paid for their field tests. The field test proctor will receive $15, even if the games are unofficial. For tier 1 referees taking their field tests for the following season at regionals or nationals, the proctor will receive $15 and the referee will receive $5.
For the 2018-19 season:
- Tier 1 referees may undergo a recertification field test after January 1st, 2018. If they pass, their certification will extend for the duration of the 2018-2019 season, provided they also re-take the head referee written test in the 2017-18 season and they retain their Tier 1 status going into the 2017-2018 season. During this field test, the head referee, not the field test proctor, will receive the referee payment.
- Tier 1 referees from the 2017-18 season who do not complete a field test between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018 will have to completely recertify at the start of the 2017-18 season along with tier 2 and 3 referees.
Please note that being a certified referee is an ongoing responsibility. You are expected to maintain standards at all times and your referee certification is subject to examination and withdrawal at any time based on professionalism and performance as a referee.
- Field test proctors: $15/ game (official or unofficial).
- Head referees: $15/official game. $20/game at USQ regional and national championships.
- Lead assistant referees: $10/official game.
- Snitch runners: $8/official game.
To purchase referee membership, upgrade your USQ account here!