Assessors observe the on-field performance a crew of officials and provide verbal and written feedback
to the crew after the match. Assessments at an appropriate level of competition are required for all USSF
upgrades and for maintaining USSF Referee Grades 6 (State 2 Referee) and above. See the
Referee Administrative Handbook
for specific requirements and further information on re-certification and upgrading.
Assessments are also a great way to improve your skills as a referee. The essence of an assessment is the face-to-face discussion of your performance in the game situation. It must be done with compassion, concern, sincerity, and honesty. You should leave the discussion with knowledge that will help you become a more competent referee or assistant referee. The assessment program is a dynamic tool, which provides immediate feedback to you on performance strengths and areas in need of improvement.
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 your goals. He will ask you questions about your current experience and will recommend a course of action or a development plan. The development plan may include:
Assessments for all referees who wish to maintain a Grade 5 (State 1 Referee) or below, or to upgrade to a Grade 5, must be coordinated by the State Director of Assessment (ENY Referees) or his Area Coordinator of Assessment.
A referee desiring an assessment for upgrade, or constructive review, must make a request for assessment
to the Area Coordinator of Assessment.
The coordinator will work with the assignors to schedule an appropriate game and an assessor.
When an assessor is scheduled and confirmed, the coordinator will notify the referee as to who will be assessing him/her. It is then the referee's responsibility to notify the assessor of any changes in time or place.
At the game site, the assessor provides verbal feedback to the referee following the game. Written feedback is provided to the referee or soon thereafter. A report of assessment is sent by the assessor to the coordinator.
If you were assessed and didn't receive written feed-back within ten (10) days following the match, please notify the Area Coordinator of Assessment, immediately.
When a referee requests an assessment, he also sends a check, made out to "ENYSSA", to the Area Coordinator of Assessment. This fee is paid for any assessment, whether it be for maintenance of a grade or for upgrading.
Following one year of satisfactory performance, individuals can become eligible for the next assessor level.
Assessors must submit the following:
A Referee Assessor:
Following satisfactory performance the Provisional status may be removed and certification will be at the Referee Assessor level. Individuals then become eligible for the next assessor level.
A State Assessor