If you have any questions regarding the
assessment process, feel free to contact the NH State Director of Assessment
(SDA), John Breda, at firstname.lastname@example.org
assessment program is an integral part in the development of referees. While much training on the laws and points of
emphasis can occur in the classroom environment, on the field is where
referees’ are most visible and ultimately judged. Often referees may be unaware of certain
habits they develop that can affect their ability to effectively referee a
game. An assessor is a neutral observer
who will come to a match and watch the referee.
The assessor’s goal is to help the referee learn and improve their
skills. Below is what to expect from an
assessment as well as information on the two different types of assessments
What to Expect during
following is a list of what the assessor will do while assessing a match as
well as some tips for referees being assessed.
- The assessor will introduce
himself to the entire referee crew prior to the match. The assessor may also request some basic
information such as referee grade and how long you have been refereeing. You will not talk to the assessor again
until after the match.
- The assessor will not listen in
on your pregame.
- The assessor will position
himself at some place around the field to watch the match. The assessor may stay in one location or
move around. Do NOT look for where
the assessor is while trying to referee.
- Referee the game as you normally
would. It will not help as much if
you referee differently and you should be refereeing every game to the
best of your ability.
- The assessor will not discuss the
game with you during half time.
- After the game, do any
administrative work required before meeting the assessor for the debrief.
- The debrief should be a
conversation and involve the entire referee team. Again, the goal is to help the referee
learn. It should be a dialogue and
discussion; it should not be just the assessor talking to everyone.
Guidance (D&G) Assessments
assessments are used for the sole purpose of developing referees and helping
them to improve. There are no costs to
the referee associated with D&G assessments. There are several ways you can request or get
a D&G assessment.
- Request a D&G assessment on a
regular, league game by contacting the SDA.
- Only the referee may contact the
SDA to request a D&G assessment on his own behalf.
- The referee should contact the
SDA at least two weeks prior to any games desired to be assessed. It is helpful if several options of
games are given to try to match assessors’ schedules.
- Every attempt will be made to
find an assessor to assess the match; however, there may be times when no
assessors are available.
- The referee should have
sufficient time after the match (approximately 30 minutes) to discuss the
match with the assessor and entire referee team. It is desirable that the referee not
have a match immediately after an assessed match.
- Referee at a tournament where
assessors will be present. Assessors are present at many league and state
tournaments throughout the year.
- An assessor may show up to a
regular league game without prior notice to do an assessment.
- The assessor will identify
himself prior to the game.
- The assessor will be wearing
official USSF or NHSA clothing.
assessments are used to help referees advance or maintain a referee grade. Prior approval from the NH SRA, Mark Sadler,
is needed to be eligible to get one of these assessments. The requesting referee is responsible for
paying the assessor. The following
process is used to request an upgrade or maintenance assessment (see Upgrade Policy
for more detailed information).
- Work with your
assignor to get an appropriate game as far ahead as possible. The game must be considered ratable and
a sufficient test by the assessor, and the assignor will likely know which
match-ups are likely to be more competitive versus others. The SDA will NOT help you find a game,
but only ensure that it meets the criteria to be used for an assessment
- If you are
going for your 7, you must use a U17 or higher match. This match must be a full 80 or 90
- If you are upgrading to a Grade 6 or seeking a Grade 6 maintenance, you must pass two referee assessments by different State Assessors in adult matches.
- If you are
trying to upgrade to a Grade 5 or seeking a Grade 5 maintenance, you must pass a minimum of three referee assessments by different National Assessors in adults matches.
- After you have
received your game assignment, contact the SDA as soon as possible. You must contact the SDA at least 2
weeks prior to the game to give enough time to find an assessor. Any requested assessment is subject to
- After an
assessor is confirmed, you will be contacted regarding payment
information. You will need to send a
check to the SDA prior to the game being assessed (which is why it is
critical you give as much notice as possible to schedule an assessor). See the annual fees page for the NH upgrade and assessment fee
schedule (note: out of state assessments may have increased
fees). Starting for 2018 registration, your assessment fee will be included in the registration fee for the prior year (assessments for 2018 recertification will be included in the 2017 registration fees).
- Your upgrade
depends on your accomplishing ALL of the following requirements within one
- Meet age
requirements and game experience requirements by submitting information
to the SRA, Mark Sadler. This
should have been completed already.
- Pass the
appropriate assessment(s). Contact the SDA, John Breda, for further information.
- Take and pass the appropriate online course. Contact the SDI, John Breda, for further information.
- Pass the
appropriate written exam. Contact the SDI, John Breda, for further information.
- Pass the
Physical Fitness Test. Contact the
SDI, John Breda, for further information.