Upgrade Process-Grade 7 Referee to Grade 6 State Referee

There are five steps that a referee needs to take in order to upgrade from a Grade 7 referee to a Grade 6 State referee. They are:

1. Apply for the Upgrade
2. Assessment
3. Instruction
4. Fitness Test Performance
5. Written Test Performance

Here is a quick breakdown of each requirement and what you are expected to accomplish.

Step When it needs to be done More Information
1. Apply for the Upgrade By March 1 of each year in order to be considered in that year. Click to download the form in either a fillable Acrobat Format or in Microsoft Word. This form can then be emailed to the State Referee Administrator when it is completed. NOTE: It must be signed by one person who is either a member of the SRC, an assignor, instructor or assessor.

PLEASE NOTE: USSF has three major requirements of a grade 6 state referee. You must be at least 18 years old when you upgrade, have been a Grade 7 referee for at least one year AND must have at least 100 referee and 25 assistant referee assignments on USSF outdoor affiliated matches at the Under 18 level or higher. IF you do not meet that criteria, please fill out the form anyway! Your name will be given to all state assignors who will assure that you gain sufficient experience in the year that you apply so that you can be put on the assessment list for the following year. This is NOT to hold you back but to assure that you can pass the assessment requirements when you are finally ready to upgrade in the following year.
2. Assessment Before the end of the year prior to your upgrade. You must pass three assessments:
One as the referee on an Division 1 Adult or higher match.
One as the referee on an Under 18 Youth or higher match.
One as the assistant referee on an Division 1 Adult or higher match.

If you fail any of the assessments, then you must pass one more assessment at that level to make up for the one you failed AND pass another assessment at that level in order to upgrade. If you fail 2 assessments you must start again from the beginning. For this reason, we STRONGLY urge you to request a developmental assessment on a similar match prior to your upgrade assessment. You can either arrange this with your local district, with any assessor, or by sending an e-mail to Art Jaspe, the State Director of Assessment.
3. Instruction Appropriate classroom training is required before an upgrade is completed. We have set “fixed dates” for the clinics so that upgrade candidates can plan accordingly. The Grade 7 and State Referee Upgrade Clinics will be held in Rochester on the third Saturday of March. Both are eight hour courses, so you should plan to attend the necessary clinic and reserve the date.
You must attend a State Referee Clinic (8 hours).

The State Referee will be conducted in odd-numbered years only. Those upgrading to State Referee must attend a clinic no more than two years prior to the upgrade year. For example, a referee upgrading to State Referee in 2016, must attend the clinic in March of 2015. A referee upgrading to State Referee in 2017, must attend either the clinic in March of 2015 or March of 2015.

Specific dates and locations will be posted at the Central Hub when available.
4. Fitness Test Performance Before your upgrade can go into effect. For details about fitness testing, contact your DRA.
5. Written Test Performance When you recertify for your new grade. You must be able to score at least an 75% on the State Referee Upgrade test. If that test is not an option when you sign up for a clinic, contact your local district referee administrator for assistance.

Once you have completed ALL of the requirements, please send an e-mail message to Michael Tata, the State Referee Administrator so that your upgrade will be put into effect.