Referee Jun. 2 2017| 0 KB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Training, Volunteer

The Referee volunteer role for the FIRST Robotics Competition observe matches, identify rule violations, and "call them". Participate in deliberations regarding contested calls. Work under the direction of the Head Referee. Play a critical role in ensuring a positive, fair environment with a smooth flow of match play, and maintaining the pace of the event. This role is physically active role positioned on the perimeter of the playing field.

*Must sign a Volunteer Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Form prior to start of service


  • Contribute to a positive and fair competition environment for all participants
  • Display Gracious Professionalism at all times, even in stressful situations
  • Monitor/promote safe practices on and around the playing field - lead by example
  • Wear safety glasses and provided Referee shirt when in the arena
  • Observe matches, "call" rule infractions
  • Participate in discussions with Head Referee and other Referees to determine official penalty or scoring rulings

Experience and Skills Needed

  • Must be post-high school or equivalent (minimum age of 19 at time of service)
  • Thorough knowledge of the competition game and rules of play, including staying up-to-date with Team Updates (must pass certification test a minimum of 7 days prior to first Referee shift each season)
  • Work and interact with volunteers, team members and students, contracted and FIRST staff
  • Approachable personality; high energy
  • Strong communication, diplomacy skills and an eye for detail
  • Ability to "take charge"; be assertive, but tactful
  • Ability to collaborate with others, work as a member of a team
  • Ability to move about the field and stand for long periods of time

Time Commitment

  • Commitment:    Pre-event training and certification + minimum three days at event
  • Approximate times:
Day Times
Practice Day (day before the competition) 8am - End of Day
Day One of Competition 8am - End of Day
Day Two of Competition 8am - End of Day

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 start of every shift in order to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration table.


Pre-event certification provided by FIRST headquarters prior to start of competition season. Head Referee conducts training during a teleconference approximately one week in advance of the event and at the Volunteer Orientation and Training on Wednesday* or Thursday evening and provides guidance during the competition.

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

Direct supervision: Head Referee
On-site guidance: Volunteer Coordinator

*Please Note: some events will conduct a pre-event evening Volunteer Orientation and Training