USQ announces its referee of the month for January 2018: Ricky Nelson.
US Quidditch is thrilled to announce that Ricky Nelson has been selected as Referee of the Month for January 2018.
A former player, Nelson has been a quidditch referee for seven years. He has officiated at every championship since World Cup V in New York. By travelling to tournaments to referee and snitch he helps make tournaments possible, filling in wherever he is needed. Nelson continues to improve his officiating, and is always receptive to ways he can improve his performance. This is Nelson’s second time receiving this award.
Nelson says that “he strives for perfection, even though he knows he will not achieve it as he cannot pull off white pants.” He has continued to help develop the sport serving as a field test proctor and works with USQ’s Rules Team to improve the rules so they are better both for the players and officials using them.
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.
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