Position Summary – Certified, Key Volunteer Position
The Head Referee is responsible for training, directing and supervising all Referees and Official Scorers. In collaboration with the FTA, oversees all scoring processes and procedures. Has final authority for decisions regarding team scores. Play 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.
*Must sign a Volunteer Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Form prior to start of service
- Significant level of responsibility
- High visibility role
- Ability to work and interact with volunteers, team members and students, contracted and FIRST staff
- Ability to contribute to the successful execution of the competition; impact quality of event
- Positioned on perimeter of the playing field; fast-paced action
- Physically active role, not sedentary
- Time Commitment: Thursday (training), Friday, and Saturday; participation in pre-event training and certification required through FIRST
- Facilitate a positive and fair competition environment for all participants.
- Monitor and promote safe practices on and around the playing field; wear safety glasses during the matches
- Conduct referee training; attendance at Volunteer Meeting is strongly encouraged.
- Supervise Referees and Official Scorers
- Observe matches, "call" and announce rule infractions;
- Lead score deliberations if necessary and make final decisions regarding match scores or contested penalties.
- Provide match scores, as necessary, to the Scorekeeper/Field Power Controller
- Participate in deliberations with the Field Supervisor and Lead Robot Inspector regarding robot-related issues
- Work closely with the Field Supervisor and Scorekeeper/Field Power Controller to ensure matches proceed smoothly and matches are on schedule
- Secure and distributes referee supplies
- Attend Head Referee trainings by teleconference
Experience and Skills Needed
- Two (2) prior years’ FIRST referee experience required (exceptions may be approved by FIRST HQ)
- Demonstrate diplomacy and authority; be assertive, but tactful
- Thorough knowledge of the competition game and rules of play
- 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
- Ability to stand for long periods of time
- Strong assessment skills
Commitment: Pre-event training and certification + Minimum three days at event
Approximate times: Wednesday: 6 P.M. - 8 P.M. (dependent upon event schedule)
Thursday: 8 A.M. - 8 P.M.
Friday: 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Saturday: 8 A.M. - Completion
NOTE: 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 desk.
Provided by FIRST headquarters prior to start of competition season. May include: training at FIRST Head Quarters, live and/or recorded web conferences, teleconference(s), manual and other support materials, email communications and one-on-one support. First-year volunteer may serve in an apprentice role, working with a veteran Head Referee.
Reporting Relationships and Supervision
On-site guidance: Volunteer Coordinator
Support by FIRST Technical Advisor and Chief Referee
Schedule Of Activities
* Volunteers should arrive on site 30-45 minutes prior to start of shift
*Please Note: some events will not be conducting a Volunteer Orientation and Dinner Training.
9 A.M. - 10 A.M.
8 A.M. - 6 P.M.
8 A.M. - 5 P.M.