How do soccer refs schedule an  assessment?


All referees Grade 8 and above receive a free  developmental assessment for improvement, each year, from the  assessment team.  These are seldom scheduled; we just show up at  local games and tourneys.


Refs at Grade 7 and above are required by  USSF to obtain an annual maintenence assessment.  This may replace  the developemental assessment or you may have both.


Why upgrade?  It's a sign of growth and  progress.  You get better games. Upgrade assessments are "by the  book".  Read the USSF Administrative Handbook to be sure you have  reffed the required games, are prepared to take the tests for your new  grade and meet the physical requirements.


1.      Review the USSF Expectations by  Grade attached.   Can you perform at the grade you are upgrading to?  Are you getting  developmental or maintenance feedback that suggests you should move  up?

2.       Contact your co-SDA's (SDA is State Director  of Assessment; we have two.) Dave Clark ( or  Jack Holmquest (  to schedule an assessor.  You do not schedule your own  assessor.

3.      Contact your local assignor to be placed on  a game of "sufficient challenge" for your grade.  A lot of  this responsibility falls on your local assignor, who knows the games  required for an assessment at your level.  (Arranging assessments  takes a long time in other states.  We hope for prompt customer  servce, and we have seven assessors of different levels to serve  you.)  You connect the dots for step two and three. Be sure to  close the loop by informing the assessor of game date and time.   Ask for confirmation.

4.       On the day of the game, make plans to allow  the assessor to hear your pre-game.

5.      There will be a short post-game conference  to hit the highlights of your assessment, so you should not have a game  immediatley after your assessed game.  You can review the  digital assessment by following the website on the e-mail you receive  when the assessor has filed the digital USSF copy.  If you don't  have e-mail, you may be able to provide a mailing address and receive a  printed copy.

6.       Assessments are pass/fail, but there are  point values within each grade for your feedback.  (Note, the  assessment results are not 90% A; 80% B; etc. The values are specific to  USSF and each grade.) 


Exception?  Tournaments.  At  tourneys, you work with the tourney assignor and the SDA's to receive an  assessment.  See steps 2 & 3 above.


Costs?  Developmentals are free.  maintenance and upgrade assessments cost your game fee to the  assessor.


We hope this helps your growth.  That's  why we're here.


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