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Raghuveer Achukola & Sam Doughton are February Referees of the Month

USQ announces its referees of the month for February 2018: Raghuveer Achukola and Sam Doughton.

US Quidditch is proud to announce the two winners of the Referee of the Month award for February 2018: Raghuveer Achukola and Sam Doughton.

Raghuveer Achukola

Raghuveer Achukola has been a head referee for four years. A non-playing referee, Achukola takes on a heavy workload every season as an official, and continues working to improve his craft.

“My first refereeing experience was at the 2nd Lone Star Cup when I volunteered as an assistant ref, while failing a head ref field test due to poor whistle control (among other things). Since then I have taken extra care to have proper whistle dynamics and control of the game. Since then I have refereed Southwest Regionals, US Quidditch Cup, Consolation Cup, and various other USQ tournaments as well as Major League Quidditch (MLQ) games. I also have worked as a referee of intramural flag football for the last two years at the University of Texas at Austin, where I attended school and first started playing quidditch. Despite that, quidditch is still my favorite game to referee,” Achukola said.

Sam Doughton

Sam Doughton, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), has been a certified head referee for two years, and player for UNC's team and certified assistant referee for three. He saw a need for additional referees in the Carolinas during his freshman season and decided to get certified after his experience refereeing a variety of youth sports in High School at his local YMCA. Since then, Doughton has traveled to multiple out of region tournaments as a non-playing referee, helping tournaments run by filling in where needed and serving on the finals crew at Great Lakes Regional Championship in 2016, and South Regional Championship in 2017 and 2018. He's also served on crews at both US Quidditch Cup 9 and 10, including as a head referee in Kissimmee.

Doughton is honored to have received this award and continues to strive to improve his performance each game. He'd like to thank the players and coaches of USQ, as well as every assistant referee he's worked with, for making his work as a referee one of the most rewarding experiences of his time in college.

Referee of the Year Process

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’s Referee Team.

The six winners of the Referee of the Month awards this season are:

Austin Pitts
Michael Clark-Polner
Ethan Sturm
Ricky Nelson
Raghuveer Achukola
Sam Doughton

These six referees are the finalists for the Referee of the Year award and a travel stipend to attend US Quidditch Cup 11. The Referee of the Year is selected by USQ’s Referee Team, and voting is currently underway. More information will be available by the first week in April. For questions, please email membership@usquidditch.org.

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