USQ announces its third referee of the month for the 2015-2016 season: Erin Mallory.
Erin Mallory has been selected as USQ’s Referee of the Month of November for the 2015-2016 playing season. Mallory has officiated at many different events so far this season, including at two of our fall regional championships where her presence was essential in ensuring that quality referee staff oversaw the events. USQ staff and tournament directors alike have been impressed and pleased with her initiative and the quality of her officiating; as a non-playing and non-coaching referee this season, her work has been critical for the league's success.
Mallory played for Maryland Quidditch for four years, and began officiating in her senior year. After graduating from UMD, Mallory was done playing quidditch but wasn't ready to say goodbye to the sport or the community. This year, she re-joined the community and the corps of volunteers making the league successful as a non-playing official.
Mallory began her career as a referee with the intramural program at UMD, where she officiated volleyball, football, soccer, and basketball, and has since brought those skills not only to the sport of quidditch, but to high school football. She has just completed her first season as a referee for high school football, and has been able to utilize her experience there to bring in a new level of professionalism and confidence to her quidditch role.
“I am dedicated to making sure quidditch reffing keeps improving. It is a major part of our game and we cannot continue to allow officiating to hold back the sport. As the game increases in ability and legitimacy, so must the refereeing,” Mallory said. She works hard to try to ensure as many matches as possible are well-officiated.
Mallory would like to thank George Mason Quidditch for helping her get to so many tournaments.
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 Quidditch Cup travel grant.