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Officiating Program FAQ’s

I have already taken the previous Club Referee exam; do I need to retake the new exam?

Yes.  Players need to re-certify in their age-appropriate exams every two years when they age into a new division, or if they wish to receive a ranking in a higher division.  All players wishing to participate in a U.S. Junior Championship event must pass the appropriate age-appropriate exam by the registration deadline—February 25, 2013—in order to compete. 

I will not be playing in a U.S. Junior Championships event. Do I still need to take the new test?

Players who wish to maintain their US Squash ranking must complete the age-appropriate exam by September 2, 2014.  Players not intending to compete in one of the three U.S. Junior Championships do not need to complete a new referee exam prior to this date, but are encouraged to do so earlier. 

When is the new exam available and where can I access it?

The new exam is now available on players’ individual US Squash profiles.  Access the exam by logging in, and then clicking “Referee Exams: Click Here” under the Affiliations/Certifications section of the profile home page.

I am an Under 19 player; do I still need to take an exam?

Under 19 players must take the Full Club Referee test in order to be eligible to compete in any of the three 2014 U.S. Junior Championships or to have a ranking as of September 2, 2014. 

I am about to age into a new division, which exam should I take?

Players planning on participating in one the three U.S. Junior Championships should take the exam in the age division in which they plan to compete. For instance, if a player is currently twelve years old, is aging up in February, and plans to compete in the Under 15 division of the U.S. Junior Silver Championships, that player should take the Under 15 club referee exam. 

Am I allowed to take the exam more than once?

If a player does not correctly answer the required 80% of questions, he/she make take the exam again. Players are only charged once, regardless of how many times they take the exam. 

Am I allowed to use any materials when taking the exam?

Yes. Players may reference the World Squash Singles Rules when taking the exam. Players with additional questions are also encouraged to discuss questions with a teaching professional or certified official if they have questions about elements of the exams. 

What is the difference between the new club-level referee exams and the previous one?

The new exams are age-based and test an increased knowledge base as players move up in level. All exams, including the junior and full club level exams, feature new videos and questions. 

Who needs to attend an in-club Officiating Clinic?

All players planning to participate in a U.S. Junior Championship no longer have to complete an in-club officiating clinic prior to the registration deadline. However, all players planning to compete in any of these championships still must complete the new age-appropriate online club-level referee exam in order to participate. Players not intending to compete in one of the three U.S. Junior Championships do not need to complete an in-club Officiating Clinic immediately, but must do so in order to maintain their US Squash ranking. 

What if no in-club Officiating Clinics are offered in my area?

If a player does not have access to a clinic in their area, that player may take a US Squash online officiating clinic. These clinics will be released periodically and more information will be posted to the website when they are available.

Players with officiating clinics in their region should attend a live clinic. Players without clinics scheduled in their region can email officiate@ussquash.com to try to set up opportunities for more clinics in their area.  

How do I know where the officiating clinics are taking place?

The registered clinics can be viewed at www.ussquash.com/officiating-clinics

 

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