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Referees are an important part of floorball. USA Floorball is committed to helping raise the quality and training of officiating in the United States, and offer any assistance that local clubs need. Here are some suggestions from USA Floorball concerning referees at the local club level:

During Pick-Up games:

Encourage all players to learn the rules of the game. Raise the level of play by occasionally having pickup games refereed by those who looking to become USA Floorball Referees. Playing floorball with referees is especially helpful for newer players before their first tournament or league game.

During Leagues:

If your club has a league than you understand how valuable referees are. Your club should have dedicated referees who are not also players, and are a mix of Level One and Level Two Referees according to the guidelines below.

All referees shall compensated appropriately. Options include per game, per week, or a seasonal stipend. Every league’s financial situation is different but the amount should be enough to cover any transportation and should make the official feel that their time is valued. Some examples $10/game; $20/week; $200/season.

It also important to include a director of officials (or some similar title) in the league’s organizational structure. This person/people will be responsible for scheduling, payment, evaluation, overall league discipline.

 

Tournaments:

Each game within a USA Floorball sanctioned tournament should have referees that have been trained by USA Floorball, The IFF, or another international floorball association. Sanctioned tournaments shall have dedicated referees who are not participating in the same event as a player* **.

How many dedicated referees should you have? Three is an ideal number that allows consistency, as well as adequate breaks. (An exhausted referee is an ineffective referee.)

Tournament organizers show their respect and support for their officials by paying a respectable amount per game of at least $10/game or $100-$150/day.

 

* A Level One Referee or a Rookie Referee with very little experience is allowed to officiate a game provided that the second official is a Level Two Referee or higher.

** USA Floorball Tournaments are required to have an official/organizer who is not a player to handle and oversee scheduling, communication with team captains and venue contacts.

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Level 1 Referees

A beginning referee who has completed at least one (1) referee development course and passed the Level 1 Referee Test is classified as a Level 1 Referee.

  • A Level 1 Referee may officiate games on a recreation or youth level either in a league or tournament. They may officiate a higher level game alongside a higher level referee (2 or above)
  • Level 1 Referees are expected to read and be familiar with the official Floorball Rulebook
  • Level 1 Referees shall be compensated for their work/time by club or tournament organizers.

To access the Level 1 Referee Test, or to inquire about referee development materials and courses, email Vince Faso, USA Floorball Director of Referees: vince@usfba.org

 

Current USA Floorball Level ONE Referees

Tyler Radichel (NTFA) Bill Douglas (Tomah)
Dimitri Perusse (MN) Ben Kortbein (Tomah)
Cael Sprute (MN) Johan Gustavsson (NTFA)
Casey Fecanin (NTFA) Ben Johnson (Ely)
Bobby Nodea (Austin) Steve Wilburn (Fresno)
Brady Christel (MN) Brad Andrus (Tomah)
Jonathan Keener (NTFA) Andy Lawrence (NTFA)
Zach Costi (Fresno) Kyle Kuczmarski (MN)
Chuck Hausman (Tomah) Mark Raup (Austin)
Dan Torretta (NTFA)  Mark Harrill (Austin)
Jeff Morris (Austin)

 

Level 2 Referees

Requirements for becoming a Level 2 Referee:

  • Officiate a minimum 20 games as a Level 1 Referee
  • Participate in at least one advanced referee training course
  • Be observed by a USA Floorball referee observer (using the Referee Observer’s Report)
  • Pass the USA Floorball Level 2 Referee exam

 

Current USA Floorball Level TWO Referees:

Vince Faso (Menlo Park) Brian Radichel (NTFA)
Sean Edin (Fresno FC) Tara Nuñez (NTFA)
Alex Fluegel (NTFA)

 

Upon reaching Level 2 status, a USA Floorball referee uniform will be available for purchase at a discounted rate.

Level 2 Referees are entitled to compensation for their work by the club or tournament organizers and may be granted to authority to train beginner or level one referees.

To maintain status as a certified Level 2 Referee:

  • Officiate a minimum 20 games per calendar year
  • Participate in at least one referee training course per year

 

It is the responsibility of USA Floorball to assist all Referees (Levels 1 and 2) by providing opportunities to attend trainings and provide constructive observations when available.

 

  1. To take the Level 2 exam, set up a time with Vince Faso, USA Floorball Director of Referees. Participants are allowed 10 minutes to complete the test and must receive a score of at least 16/20.

 

UPCOMING REFEREE DEVELOPMENT CAMP

Friday 24 August at US Nationals in Tomah, WI

Clinic hosted by Vince Faso (USA Floorball) and Brian Radichel (NTFA). In addition to an opportunity to take both Level ONE and Level TWO tests, the session will cover the following areas:

  • Role and mentality of an official
  • 2018 Rule Changes
  • Proper uniform and equipment
  • Pre-game responsibilities
  • Positioning and communication
  • Mechanics (Hand signals, whistle signals, and consequence signs)
  • Faceoffs and free hits
  • Fouls and penalties
  • Conflict management
  • Post-game responsibilities