Certified coaches are required to be present at all official matches starting September 12, 2016. Additional information about referee requirements is also now available.
Updated September 8, 2016 to include the emergency exception created for the coach onsite requirement, as announced here, as well as a clarification on the team referee requirements to ensure that the season requirements match the announced event requirements here.
In the 2015-16 season, USQ required teams to have a certified coach registered with their team before they play in official games. Also, certified coaches only had to be present at official matches at USQ regional and national championships. To further protect player safety, encourage effective concussion evaluation, and ensure USQ policies are being followed at all official games, USQ is requiring that a team’s certified coach be present at all official matches starting September 12, 2016. We are aware that teams may not be prepared to have their certified coach present at all official games within the next few weeks at the start of the season, which is why we are granting a short grace period. Please note that teams may have more than one certified coach. Only one of them needs to be onsite at official matches.
To help with enforcement, USQ has created a public coach certification status list, similar to what we do for regional championship requirements. It will also help ensure that teams have more accountability in completing this requirement. However, it is the responsibility of the team to ensure that a certified coach is present at all official matches starting with September 12, 2016. If a team does not fulfil this requirement, they will be subject to forfeiting all games at the tournament they attended without a certified coach present. The coach certification status list will be available in September.
In the case of a medical or personal emergency that arises during an event that causes a team’s certified coach to need to leave the event site, the team may continue to play without being required to forfeit their remaining games in the tournament, given the following:
This exception is only in effect when the certified coach unexpectedly leaves the game or event site due to a medical or personal emergency, or is leaving the event site to accompany one of their players to seek medical attention offsite.
The coach must have been present during the tournament. If a medical or personal emergency arises before the start of the event, the team is not exempted from the requirement of having a coach present onsite.
Before leaving the event site, the coach must inform the tournament director of the situation. If the coach is unable to directly inform the tournament director, a member of their team must immediately do so.
Upon return to the event site (if the coach returns before the end of the event), they must be present at all remaining official matches.
Within one week after the event, the coach must complete this form to affirm that they left for an emergency situation that arose during the event.
This exception is in place for all official games during the 2016-17 season, including USQ-hosted events.
Like last season, teams will be required to complete their referee requirements, completed by five different individuals, by October 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 assistant referees.
At least one different team member must certify as a snitch referee.
At least two different team members must pass the head referee written test (after passing the AR and SR written tests) and purchase a USQ referee membership.**
*If a team registers less than one month before their regional championship, these requirements must be completed at least three weeks before the tournament date, per the championship championship requirements outlined here.
**Adult players may upgrade to a referee membership for $25. This will make one eligible for the certified lead assistant referee position at official matches, which has a compensation rate of $10/game.
The status of team referee requirements is publicly available here.
For questions, please contact Membership Director Eric Schnier at email@example.com.