US Quidditch is pleased to announce that its November 2014 Referee of the Month is Alex Scheer.
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Scheer, a current member of the Blue Mountain Quidditch Club, earned this month’s honor due to his strong reputation among players and organizers. He received glowing reviews on his refereeing from organizers at both the Midwest and Northeast Regional Championships, as well as a perfect score on nearly all of his referee evaluations. Reviewers consistently cited his professionalism, confidence, respect, and communication, both with assistant referees and with teams and players. Numerous reviews also noted that he was always positioned in the best vantage point to make calls. “We need more refs like him,” said one reviewer.
When he’s not reffing, Scheer is involved in quidditch in other ways. Besides playing for the Blue Mountain Quidditch Club, he also founded the University of Toledo quidditch team and is currently the Midwest Regional Director for US Quidditch. Additionally, Scheer organized and played in the first televised quidditch match between the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University on BCSN. He is also a huge sports fans, rooting for the University of Toledo and Michigan State University Football programs, as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cincinnati Reds, and New England Patriots.
“It's extremely humbling to win this award,” Scheer said. “I am very excited about my personal growth as a ref, and the fact that I can be relied on to give a consistent, fair, and honest game. I'm glad that it has not been unnoticed, and I plan to continue my high level of reffing. Having reffed countless matches this entire season, I am extremely glad to know that there are people willing to recognize refs who put in time, effort, and dedication to being the best they can be.”
Scheer also thanked his mentors and his assistant referees. “Chris Beesley is who I thank the most right now, because he was the first person to certify me two years ago, and I have not looked back since,” he said. “Samy Mousa is another referee mentor, as I have bugged him tirelessly about my reviews, and my field performance. I know he may hate that I bug him as much as I do, but it really is appreciated.”
The USQ Referee of the Month program runs in the six months from September to February, with one winner to be chosen per month. The six winners of the Referee of the Month Award will be eligible for the Referee of the Year award and a USQ World Cup travel grant.