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Head Referee Feb. 9 2018| 0 KB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Training, Volunteer
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The Head Referee for FIRST Robotic Competition is a Key Volunteer position. They are in a high visibility leadership position that is responsible for training, directing, and supervising all Referees and Official Scorers. In collaboration with the FIRST Tech Advisor (FTA), oversees all scoring processes and procedures. Works and interacts with students, volunteers, and contracted/FIRST staff, displaying Gracious Professionalism even in stressful situations. This physical role, positioned along the field border, has final authority for decisions regarding match scores. Plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play, facilitating a positive and fair environment for all competitors, and maintaining the pace of the event.

The Head Referee is nominated by the Volunteer Coordinator. Once nominated, the individual must be approved through FIRST; including the Chief Referee. Once approved the candidate will be contacted and assigned by FIRST Headquarters.

*Must sign a Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement prior to start of service.

 Responsibilities

  • Facilitate a positive and fair competition environment for all participants
  • Monitor and promote safe practices on and around the playing field leading by example
  • Wear provided Head Referee shirt and safety glasses when in the arena
  • Supervise Referees and Official Scorers, work with Volunteer Coordinator prior to event to ensure all roles are filled and certified
  • Observe matches, "call" rule infractions
  • Obtain a radio from event management office to keep aware of event information and issues, return it to office at end of day 
  • Lead score deliberations, if necessary, and make final decisions regarding match scores or contested penalties
  • Participate in deliberations with the FTA, Field Supervisor, and Lead Robot Inspector regarding robot-related issues as required
  • Secure and distributes referee supplies, pack Referee case at conclusion of event
  • The Head Referee is responsible for conducting a conference call for the Referees before the event begins (approx. 1 week before the event begins)
  • Attend Head Referee training by teleconference and training at FIRST HQ (approx. bi-annually)
  • Attend daily morning meeting conducted by Event Manager/Coordinator (when requested)

Experience and Skills Needed

  • Must be at least 23 years of age at time of service (Exceptions may be granted by FIRST Headquarters)
  • Four (4) prior years of FIRST referee experience
  • Demonstrate diplomacy and authority; be assertive, but tactful
  • Thorough knowledge of the competition game and rules of play, including staying up-to-date with Team Updates (must pass two online certifications by the deadlines established by the Chief Referee each season)
  • Approachable personality; high energy
  • Strong communication, diplomacy skills
  • Self-directed individual
  • Ability to collaborate with others, work as a member of a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to move about the field and stand for long periods of time
  • Strong assessment skills

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Attendance at the Head Ref training approximately every other year
  • Pre-event training
  • Must pass online Head Referee & Referee certifications by 2/22/2018
  • Minimum 2 full day commitment (Districts)
  • Minimum 3 full day commitment (Regionals)

Note: Event schedules vary. Please check the event schedule and talk to your Volunteer Coordinator for detailed information on when you are expected to arrive. Volunteers should arrive on site 15-20 minutes prior to the start of every shift to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration table.

Training

Provided by FIRST headquarters prior to start of competition season. Includes: live and/or recorded web conferences, teleconference(s), manual and other support materials, email communications, one-on-one support, and training at FIRST headquarters. Not all volunteers will be required to participate in on-site training at FIRST headquarters. First-year Head Referees may be required to have a veteran Head Referee on-site.

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

On-site guidance: Volunteer Coordinator
Support by FIRST Technical Advisor, Chief Referee and designated FIRST headquarters contact

 

* Must read and comply with the FIRST Code of Conduct