USQ announces its referee of the month for October 2017: Austin Pitts.
US Quidditch is thrilled to announce that Austin Pitts has been selected as Referee of the Month for October 2017.
Pitts began playing quidditch with Kansas University in 2013. He started refereeing in 2014 and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a field test proctor in 2015. He also volunteered with USQ on the Referee Team last season. During the month of October, Pitts received the third-most reviews of all referees nationwide, and had a perfect 5.0 average rating across multiple events. He was the September Referee of the Month for the 2015-16 season.
The USQ Referee of the Month program runs throughout the season, selecting six referees who demonstrate a strong commitment to high quality officiating. The winners of the Referee of the Month Award will be eligible for the Referee of the Year award and a US Quidditch Cup travel grant.
Now in the fourth season of the program, the Referee of the Month award is open to all USQ-certified head referees. Recipients are selected based on reviews received by USQ Referee Team. While members of Referee Team are eligible to be selected for the award, any member who is up for discussion as a potential winner is required to recuse themselves from the conversation to avoid potential conflicts of interest. In addition, any Referee Team member who is selected as a Referee of the Month will not be eligible for the US Quidditch Cup travel grant.