Referee Policies


In order to take a field test, the referee must complete the following at least 24 hours before their scheduled test:

Tier 1 Referees

Tier 2 Referees

Tier 3 Referees and New Referees

When a new referee passes their field test, they automatically begin at Tier 3. All tiers are reassessed at least every 6 months (December and June), but are subject to change throughout the season.

For more information on referee tiers, please visit the Become a Referee page.



To apply as a field test proctor, the candidate must email to express interest before meeting with a member of the Referee Team for an interview and instruction on the process.

Field test proctors may be any level of referee tier.

Although non-referees may be field test proctors, in order to proctor at a USQ official event, the proctor must be a fully certified head referee for the current season, including passing a field test.

A field test proctor who is not fully certified for the current season may still proctor field tests at unofficial games and events.



Before the event:

To request field testing at an event, the Tournament Director must email with the following information:

  • Name of the event

  • Date of the event

  • Location of the event

  • Whether or not a known field test proctor will be in attendance

Both USQ unofficial and official events may be used for field tests so long as they are approved by Membership to do so. Field tests are not permitted at USQ Regionals or US Quidditch Cup with the exception of currently certified tier 1 referees recertifying for the following season.

Once a field test candidate signs up for a field test through the field test sign up form, they will be assigned a proctor for the event in question.

As soon as a field test proctor is aware of a future field test, they should set up a meeting with at least one member of the Referee Team for a few days after the field test is to be administered.


During the event:

The field test proctor watches the game and takes extensive notes.

The field test proctor must use the USQ field test rubric available here. Receiving a 6 or below in any one category on the field test will result in an automatic failure. For a more extensive list of what criteria fall into each category, the extended field test rubric can be found here.

Field test candidates will not receive their results at the event and cannot be provisionally passed.

No other official games may be head refereed by the field test candidate (except in cases of inconclusive games).


After the event:

The field test proctor must meet with at least one member of Referee Team less than one week after the field test is administered. This meeting should be scheduled before the field test is administered.

At this meeting the Referee Team member(s) and field test proctor will reach the final decision on whether the field test is passed.

The field test proctor must be paid $15 for the results to be considered official. Results may be withheld until payment is received.

The field test proctor must send an email with the results to the referee (and CC within one week of the field test.

Repeatedly failing to meet the deadline of sending field test results within one week may result in field test proctor suspension.



A referee may only field test one time per tournament unless the game they refereed is deemed by the field test proctor to be “inconclusive.”

A game may be deemed inconclusive if it did not have enough unique scenarios to properly test the referee’s ability at the discretion of the field test proctor. A game’s status as inconclusive is based on the game itself, not the referee. A game cannot be deemed inconclusive because the referee performed poorly.

In a situation with one or more inconclusive games for a single referee, the field test proctor is only paid for the first game. The referee is paid for all subsequent games. Any number of games may be ruled inconclusive so Tournament Directors should try to schedule initial field tests for earlier in the day. However, Tournament Directors are not required to fulfill requests for additional field test slots.If an event has multiple proctors available, subsequent tests may be run by a different Proctor, assuming both proctors agree to this and the second proctor is aware that they will not be paid for the test or tests.



US Quidditch-certified head referee are required to submit a certain number of referee reviews for games reffed by other head referees or lead assistant referees. The reviewer must not be a player, coach, or field tester in the reviewed game, but they may be a referee. The game must be viewed in person, not solely on video.

The requirements will be determined based on the referee’s tier for the season.

  • Tier 1 Referees: Required to submit four reviews.

  • Tier 2 Referees: Required to submit three reviews.

  • Tier 3 Referees: Required to submit one review.

The reviews are due March 31st, 2018 11:59 pm ET. Failure to complete the assigned number of reviews may be taken into consideration for tier standing in the June review.