Attention Referee Trainers
The development of the official USAPA/IFP Referee Certification program is well underway. It is being rolled out in three phases. Phase 1 was implemented July 2014 when the Rules Test at usapa.org was revised to 75 questions. This streamlined test and the research that provided the foundation for Phase II — USAPA/IFP Referee Handbook and Referee Trainer Guide — resulted from the work done by the multi-region Referee Certification Committee headed by John Grasso.
The controlled introduction of Phase II is now ready for Beta analysis. We are seeking one experienced referee trainer from each USAPA region to participate. Each selected trainer will receive the official USAPA/IFP Referee Handbook and Referee Trainer Guide, along with analysis instructions, and be asked to use the materials to teach a minimum of 10 referee candidates over the following two months. The Beta analysis will include an academic session followed by on-court observation of each candidate refereeing at least two games. Each referee trainer and participating referee candidate will be provided standard feedback forms at the completion of the 45-day analysis period.
To participate in this Beta analysis referee trainers must apply to USAPA by completing and submitting the Beta analysis application. John Grasso will be analyzing the applications, and along with the USAPA Training Chair, selecting qualified trainers.
Applications must be received by August 5; applicants and selected candidates will be notified by September 1, 2015.
After the Deadline
Feedback forms will be e-mailed to participating trainers and referee students by October 15, 2015, with a return date of November 1. The USAPA/IFP Referee Handbook and Referee Trainer Guide will become universally available to all USAPA/IFP members by December 1, 2015.
Phase III addresses on-court evaluation of trained referees (i.e., those who have completed Phases I and II) and issuance of credentials to those who subsequently apply and qualify for official USAPA Certified Referee status. Phase III will begin Beta analysis in early 2016.