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Referee and Snitch Certification Tests for 20-21 Season

Referee and snitch runner written tests for the 2020-21 season are now available.

Officials Certification 

The referee and snitch certification tests are now available for the 2020-21 season. You can find them on the Become a Referee and Become a Snitch pages of the USQ website.

Please remember that individuals must wait at least 24 hours after failing a test before retaking it. The referee tests do not need to be taken in any order. When taking the tests, please use the same email address as is associated with your USQ account.

If you are interested in becoming a referee or snitch runner for the first time, the links above outline the steps. Certified head referees, lead assistant referees, and snitch runners are paid when they officiate an official match, as well as at an unofficial match at a USQ sanctioned event. The compensation is:

  • Head referees: $20/official game. 
  • Lead assistant referees: $10/official game.
  • Snitch runners: $8/official game.

 

Referee TIER SYSTEM

As previously announced, USQ’s referee team has determined that there will be no tier demotion for head referees corresponding to the end of the 2019-20 season. If a head referee has passed a field test in either the 2019-20 or 2020-21 season and head-reffed at least one other game in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 season, they will not be subject to the usual mandatory tier demotion in May 2021.

Throughout the next few months, USQ’s referee team will be providing additional referee resources, and information on field testing and proctoring. 

 

Snitch Tier System

Announced this past August, there have been changes made to the snitch tier system. All snitch runners are assigned a tier immediately upon certification, beginning with tier 5. Once a snitch runner has become certified, they may undergo an evaluation by a snitch runner proctor. Passing this evaluation advances a snitch runner from tier 5 to tier 1-4 based on the result. Evaluations can be conducted in person by a snitch proctor or virtually by submitting game film for review. Snitch team may ask for additional film to be provided before the snitch runner can advance.Tiers can be reassessed throughout the season as additional film or field tests take place. 

Throughout the next few months, USQ’s snitch team will be providing additional snitch resources and information on field testing and proctoring. 

 

Team Referee and Snitch Runner Requirements

As with previous seasons, teams are required to certify the following officials as part of their team membership requirements:

*Players may upgrade to a referee membership for free. Non-player referee membership is $20. Upgrade can be done on the 'Membership' tab of your USQ dashboard. This will make one eligible for the certified lead assistant referee position at official matches.

Additionally, all teams competing at USQ events must supply a crew of officials, the certifications as listed above.

Teams are required to complete their referee and snitch requirements by any of the deadlines listed below:

  1. If your team is competing at a spring regional championship and/or US Quidditch Cup, you must complete the team referee and snitch runner requirements two weeks prior to that specific championship. 

  2. If you are not going to any USQ-hosted event but still an official member team, you must complete the requirements by one month after your team registers for the season or one week before any official games (whichever is later).

USQ staff will individually email teams to confirm which officials are coming to their regional championship. If there are more people on the team who are certified than what is required, we will confirm who is best suited for which position. 

For questions, email membership@usquidditch.org