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USQ Referee Development Plan Through 2017

With the start of the 2015-16 season, US Quidditch will begin to roll out a longer term plan to increase the quality of quidditch officiating.

This plan will be phased in over the course of the next season, as outlined in the implementation timeline linked below. The plan involves the introduction of a second certified and paid official, the Lead Assistant Referee, as well as a tiered certification system that allows the most highly performing officials to continue their jobs without needing to seek out a live re-certification opportunity. The new structure also allows less-experienced individuals to receive additional practice and training opportunities, all while enhancing the aspects of fair play and safety on the playing field.

Referee membership for the 2015-16 season will cost the standard USQ adult membership fee of $50; a referee upgrade (an add-on to a coach or player membership), will continue to cost $25.

Teams will be required to complete their referee requirements, completed by four different individuals, by Oct. 15 or one month after they register (whichever comes later).* If a team does not complete these requirements in the allotted time, the team will not be able to play in any official matches until it complies.

  • At least two team members must certify as Tier 5 assistant referees.

  • At least one team member must certify as a Tier 4 snitch referee.

  • At least one team member must pass the head referee written test (necessary for Tier 3 and Tier 2 referees).

*If a team registers less than one month before their regional championship, these requirements must be completed at least two weeks before the tournament date.

 

USQ Tiered Referee Certification Proposal

This tiered referee certification proposal, to be implemented for the 2015-16 playing season, aims to remove the burden of re-certification from our most skilled officials while increasing the quality of quidditch officiating. The full plan, including game requirements and payment, will be phased in over the course of the next season, as outlined in the implementation timeline below.

The new system will allow the highest performing officials to continue their jobs (for a maximum of two seasons) without needing to seek out a live re-certification opportunity.  The incorporation of the new Lead Assistant Referee position allows less-experienced individuals to receive additional practice and training opportunities, all while enhancing the aspects of fair play and safety on the playing field.

All referees, no matter the tier, are subject to USQ referee disciplinary procedures

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USQ TIER 1 REFEREE

Extended head referee certification

  • Tier 1 head referees will remain fully certified for two seasons upon payment of referee membership each season and passing a written re-certification test.

  • Tier 1 head referees will be regularly evaluated throughout the season, and are expected to seek out opportunities for improvement, as well as maintain the high quality officiating for which they were originally certified.

  • After two seasons without formal evaluation, Tier 1 referees must pass a field evaluation in order to maintain their Tier 1 status.

  • Tier 1 head referees must:

    • Register as a USQ referee member
    • Pass a written re-certification test
    • Officiate a minimum of 12 games as a Head Referee at at least three events per season*
    • Receive a written recommendation for Tier 1 based on field observations from at least one member of the USQ officials team
    • Not receive multiple poor performance reviews about different instances from different teams
    • Not require disciplinary action as a referee, player, or volunteer for USQ

* Exceptions may be made to the minimum of number of games officiated due to unique circumstances, such as the fact that the head referee regularly conducts field tests instead of officiates.

 

USQ TIER 2 REFEREE

Standard head referee certification

  • When an individual passes their field test, they become a USQ Tier 2 head referee.

  • If a Tier 2 head referee does not fulfill all the Tier 1 referee requirements, and thus fails to achieve Tier 1 distinction throughout the course of a season, they must re-certify as a head referee for the following season by doing the following:

    • Register as a USQ referee member
    • Pass the written head referee test
    • Pass the head referee field test

 

USQ TIER 3 REFEREE

Lead assistant referee certification

  • All Tier 1 and Tier 2 referees are certified Lead Assistant Referees; a Tier 2 referee that does not successfully re-certify for the following season remains a Tier 3 referees as long as they:

    • Register as a USQ referee member
    • Pass the head referee written test
  • In order to be certified at the Lead Assistant Referee level a new candidate must:

    • Register as a USQ referee member
    • Pass the written assistant referee test
    • Pass the written snitch referee test
    • Pass the written head referee test
    • Must demonstrate a strong enough understanding of the quidditch referee role in order to fulfill the Lead Assistant Referee role. This understanding will most likely represent itself with an average rubric score of 70 and exemplary scores in the following rubric criteria:
      • Professionalism/Temperament

      • Consistency

      • Communication

Certain individuals may be exemplary head referees, but struggle in their role as Lead Assistant Referees. In these situations, a Tier 1 or 2 referee will retain their certification, but may be informed that their Tier 3 status is under review and they will be provided with additional training opportunities, as well as feedback specific to the responsibilities of this tier.

 

USQ TIER 4 REFEREE

Snitch referee certification

  • Tier 1, 2, and 3 referees are considered successful Tier 4 referees.

  • A Tier 4 certification by itself must be renewed every season by:

    • Passing the assistant referee written test.
    • Passing the snitch referee written test.

 

USQ TIER 5 REFEREE

Assistant referee certification

  • Tier 1, 2, 3, and 4 referees are considered successful Tier 5 referees.

  • A Tier 5 certification by itself must be renewed every season by:

    • Passing the assistant referee written test.

 

PROPOSED OFFICIAL EVENT REQUIREMENTS

In order to encourage teams and tournament directors to embrace this tiered structure, we encourage the following officiating structure to be followed at official matches, as it will be required at the 2016 National Championship and throughout the 2016-17 playing season.

  • One fully certified Head Referee

  • One certified Lead Assistant Referee

  • One snitch referee that acts as an assistant referee throughout the duration of the seeker floor

  • One to two additional assistant referees

  • One scorekeeper

  • One timekeeper

  • Two goal judges

 

USQ Lead Assistant Referee 

An additional trained, certified, and paid official on the quidditch pitch will increase the quality of officiating at all quidditch matches. Currently, the head referee is the only certified official on the field, and the only one with proven field-time experience out of a total of six officials responsible for maintaining fair play and ensuring the safety of players and spectators.

The new position will provide more and better practice opportunities for head referees and potential head referees. More paid officiating opportunities allow developing referees opportunities to practice and improve their skills, while justifying travel time and expenses.

Beginning in the 2016-17 playing season, the Lead Assistant Referee will be paid $10, while the Head Referee is paid $15 in all official matches.

 While this is a lower head referee payment rate than the current rate of $20 per game, the new position will provide more paid opportunities for certified officials. Many head referees currently find themselves volunteering to act as assistant referees, and individuals who are qualified under USQ standards may still find it difficult to access paid officiating opportunities, especially at bigger events where more veteran referees are given the head referee slots.

Head referees at USQ regional championships and the national championship will still receive $20 per game, while the lead assistant referee will always receive $10 per game.

 

ROLE DESCRIPTION

The Lead Assistant Referee fulfills the role that this season’s assistant referees should be doing, in addition to supervising the other assistant referees.

  • The Lead Assistant Referee is the only assistant referee positioned on their side of the field in a three-assistant referee system; the other assistant referee and snitch referee (while acting as an assistant referee before the snitch enters the field) will work together to monitor the opposite side of the field.

  • The Lead Assistant Referee (along with the other assistant referees) is responsible for off-quaffle play, including but not limited to:

    • Bludgers and beater play
    • Chaser and keeper interaction away from the quaffle
    • Other situations outside of the view of the head referee (damaged equipment, downed players, etc.)

 

Implementation

  • By June 2015, USQ will determine the referees that have achieved Tier 1 status, making them eligible to automatically certify for the 2015-16 season.

  • Field testing opportunities will be scheduled at summer events.

    •  The summer months will be the main push for certification, since the stakes are lower with the unofficial games and it is much easier to gather large numbers of referees.
  • A Tier 3 referee will not be required in official games at the beginning of the season, but it will be strongly encouraged that tournament directors do their best to begin utilizing the available Tier 3 referees and the best available Tier 4 referees within the improved structure.

    •  USQ will continue to promote and organize field testing opportunities, and will plan for most of its field testing to take place in the fall.
  • All regional championships will utilize the new system (with available Tier 3 referees and the best Tier 4 referees), although Tier 3 certification will not be a requirement and Tier 3 referees will not receive payment.  

  • The full system will be utilized at the USQ National Championship in April 2016, including certified Tier 3 referees and the requisite payment.

  • Beginning in the 2016-17 season, Tier 3 referees will be required at every official event, including the requisite payment.

    •  To cover the increased financial costs of this higher quality of officiating, teams may expect to pay slightly higher tournament registration fees for non-USQ events.

       

      Any questions or comments should be emailed to membership@usquidditch.org