USQ announces its Referees of the Month for November 2018: Zachary Armantrading and Christopher LeCompte
The USQ Referee of the Month program runs throughout the season, selecting six referees who demonstrate a strong commitment to high quality officiating. These winners are also eligible for the Referee of the Year award, chosen in March.
Armantrading started playing quidditch in 2015, with the Hofstra University Flying Dutchmen. He has since spent a year with The Warriors, and currently plays for The Rogues. This is his first year as a head referee, although he’s been lead assistant refereeing since 2016. Armantrading has also worked as a snitch runner for tournaments across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, as well as at US Quidditch Cup 11 in 2018. Armantrading said, “I love the sport deeply and I feel passionately about promoting better gameplay through better refereeing”.
LeCompte started his refereeing career with the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks NFL Flag Football in 2011 and transferred his skills to the quidditch pitch in spring 2014 while playing for the College of Wooster. Since then, he has maintained USQ certification every year, including tier one certification. He has also worked as a field test proctor since 2016. This season, LeCompte has refereed the Massachusetts Quidditch Conference, at Oktoberfest and at the USQ Northeast Regional Championship. He then returned to Howard County to referee the USQ Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. LeCompte has also officiated international events, being selected to work on medal games at the IQA World Cup 2016, European Games 2017, and IQA World Cup 2018.
In reflecting on his career so far, LeCompte said, “My love for refereeing got me my first job as a 16-year old, and it has taken me across the world to Germany, Norway, and Italy: places I never believed I would go, especially for quidditch. I’m honored to have been selected as a November Referee of the Month, and I am eager to referee more games, help teams improve, and build quidditch in the northeast, in the US, and around the world.”
Now in the fifth season of the program, the Referee of the Month award is open to all USQ-certified head referees. Recipients are primarily selected based on referee reviews, which include feedback from coaches, peer referees, tournament directors, and players. The number of games a referee oversees in the month being selected and their overall contributions to the quidditch community as a referee are also taken into account. All these data points are reviewed by the USQ Referee Team, who then select recipients of this award.
Members of USQ’s Referee Team are eligible to be selected for the award. However,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 is not eligible for the US Quidditch Cup travel grant.
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