US SQUASH released its new online Club-level Referee Exams in a continued push to enhance officiating programming and improve knowledge of the rules and sportsmanship. Additionally, in-club officiating clinics have been in full swing across the country since November with more coming onto the calendar weekly.
Four new exams—Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Full Club—became available January 1, 2014. The exams feature enhanced competency-based questions and new video content and video content. The exams may be accessed in the Affiliations/Certifications section of a player’s profile when logged in. Taking the exam to achieve certification requires a fee of $45.
Players wishing to participate in the 2014 U.S. Junior Squash Championships (Closed), the 2014 U.S. Junior Silver Championships or the 2014 U.S. Junior Bronze Championships must have passed their age-relevant referee test by the registration deadline, February 25, 2014. Players not competing in a U.S. Junior Championship who wish to remain listed in the rankings must pass the online test for their age division by September 2, 2014.
Supplementing officiating education are the new in-club officiating clinics and online resources. Players wishing to remain in the rankings must attend an officiating clinic as of November 4, 2014. An online version of the clinic will be released January 22 for players not in areas where clinics are being held. Players in areas where clinics are being held may not fulfill the requirement by taking an online clinic. Other learning tools are also available online such as Ask the Expert.
*This article was updated on January 14, 2014 to reflect the new requirement date for taking an in-club officiating clinic to remain in the junior rankings.