The Assessment Process

Assessors observe the on-field performance a crew of officials and subsequently provide verbal (and written) feedback to the crew after the match. Assessments must be at an appropriate level of competition when considering USSF upgrades or for maintaining USSF grade 6 referees (state 2) and above. See the Referee Administrative Handbook for specific requirements and further information on re-certification and upgrading.

Additionally, assessments are a great way to improve your skills as a referee. The culmination of an assessment is the face-to-face candid and pointed discussion about your performance during game situations. The assessed should leave the discussion with knowledge that will help him or her become a more competent referee or assistant referee. The assessment program is a dynamic tool, which provides immediate feedback about performance strengths and necessary performance improvements.

The types of things that an assessor looks for during a game assessment are contained in the Assessment Guidelines.

To be assessed, contact your Area Coordinator of Assessment. Tell him or her about your goals. He will ask you questions about your current experience and will subsequently recommend a course of action or a development plan. The development plan might include:

  • Informal evaluation
  • Assessment
  • Collaboration with assignors at an appropriate level of competition
  • Upgrading

Assessments for all referees who wish to maintain a USSF grade 5 (state 1) referee or to upgrade to a USSF grade 5 must contact the State Director of Assessment (ENY Referees) or his Area Coordinator of Assessment.

Additional Assessment Guidelines and Requirements

Referees who need maintenance assessments to maintain their grade or referees who want to upgrade must have their assessments completed before attending a re-certification clinic.

Remember:  All assessment reports must be submitted by the assessor within ten days of the assessment.