The Certified Referee Instructor will serve to hold referee seminars, which are the first and arguably the most crucial step in becoming a referee. CRIs will help to identify and train referees at the regional level, with the dual purposes of ensuring the best regional referee cadre we can produce and shepherding those referees who wish to move on to the national referee cadre.
The CRI is responsible for helping to create the foundation that emerging referees will be building their referee knowledge upon.
The goals of the Certified Referee Instructor program are to:
Build a stronger base of local and regional referees. Historically, some areas of the country have higher numbers of referees and more frequent seminar opportunities. The CRI program will ensure that each region has ample representation with the goal of providing educational opportunities for emerging referees. As more individuals sit through referee seminars and exams, more potential referees are created. While not everyone who participates in the seminar and passes the exam decides to referee, for those that do, it is imperative that they be formally observed to be awarded a rating. As they continue to work, their skills should increase, and they should be encouraged to handle the level of difficulty of higher-level bouts in order to seek higher ratings.
Encourage consistency of officiating among regions. Certified Referee Instructors should strive to maintain a close tie with the national cadre and referee at national events as often as they are able. This ensures that they stay current with changes to and interpretations of rules and right of way application. When they work as a CRI at a regional or local event, they bring with them the experience of high level national officiating and the resulting observations help to guide these developing referees.
Funnel high-performing referees towards national events. With CRIs being present and active at more events each season, there are more opportunities to study developing referees’ abilities, and recommend that some of these be hired for a national event.
The Domestic Referee Development Committee is charged with identifying individuals among the cadre who have the experience, desire and time to commit to serving as a Certified Referee Instructor.
Criteria to be considered:
Responsibilities of Certified Referee Instructors: