The Certified Referee Observer 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 goals of the Certified Referee Observer 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 CRO program will ensure that each region has ample representation with the goal of providing more equitable learning opportunities for developing 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. In addition, a new requirement that all sanctioned tournaments must have at least one rated referee present means that some regions will have to create more referees than they currently have on hand.
Encourage consistency of officiating among regions. Certified Referee Observers 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 CRO at a regional or local event, they bring with them the experience of national officiating and the resulting observations help to guide these developing referees.
Funnel high-performing referees towards national events. With CROs 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 Observer.
Criteria to be considered:
Responsibilities of Certified Referee Observers: