Last Updated 08.09.2022
The Referee Pathway Programme’s (RPP) main purpose is to identify GBR’s top-level domestic referees (L3) and support them to achieve international success as FIE referees. The goal is to create more GBR referees capable of refereeing internationally as a FIE referee at future Olympics and Senior World Championships.
The RPP supports these future FIE candidates through a provision of training, mentoring and competition experiences.
By investing in up-skilling our top referees the intention is that this will help increase the standard of refereeing domestically within BF events with the aim to better support our current and future GBR fencers in their performance goals.
A full description of the RPP as it was originally set out can be found here.
The RPP is responsible for allocating and providing opportunities for BF international referees to gain the necessary training, international experience and qualifications.
As such those on the Pathway will be allocated opportunities to
It is important to note that once qualified the FIE require a 10 year commitment to refereeing at this level, but enforce retirement the season after your 60th birthday. Referees who are within 10 years of this date are therefore very unlikely to be accepted onto this pathway.
BF runs an open application for those referees who wish to develop their refereeing abilities further.
As a member of the RPP, it is worth considering your current life style commitments when planning for your first FIE exam, especially if aiming for selection onto the FIE Master List. The FIE will expect newly qualified FIE referees to be refereeing the mid- latter stages of JWC DE’s within two years, and preparing for their second weapon FIE exam. Therefore the timing of sitting the first FIE exam is critical so you can dedicate appropriate time in the following 2-4 years to reach the level required to be submitted for the FIE Master List.
Please complete the application form and enclose a brief summary of your recent relevant refereeing experience.
The Referee Pathway Register is updated annually as part of the annual GBR pathway review to reflect the updated status of each individual referee and can be seen here
As part of the annual process for allocating and selecting referees for nominated Internationals BF will conduct a review of the Referee Pathway Programme. This takes into account the individual referees commitment to British Fencing run competitions and to their international progression towards the FIE qualification.
This review will include
As a result of the annual review this page will be updated and republished alongside the current Referee Pathway Programme membership list.
Points also considered ;
In order to sit an FIE exam a referee must have a C level EFC refereeing qualification. These are only valid for two seasons from the award date.
BF will prioritise these FIE candidates with mentoring, preparation and mock FIE exams to support the goal of passing the exam. Candidates unwilling to participate in these training opportunities may be withdrawn from the exam.
BF have redefined the pathway levels based on the new C level requirement. These levels are per weapon (ie you can be Candidate C in sabre and Candidate FIE in another)
(Associate members are a separate level and will be used to support GB Team needs whilst also recognising their support for BF competitions)
The selection for and attendance at International nominated competitions should prioritise those within the promotable level.
In addition referees are given the opportunity to further self categorise to better inform the processed around training, development prioritisation of international allocation & selection.
In order to remain on the Pathway Programme, referees are required to:
Referees wishing to remain on the pathway will be expected to maintain a refereeing diary which they can provide on request, typically as part of the annual International Allocation & Selection process.
BF reserve the right to remove referees from the Pathway Programme or remove them from allocated opportunities if one or more of the minimum criteria is not met.
Becoming an International Referee is typically a process that takes many years and during this time it is expected that allowances will need to be made to adjust for ‘lifestyle’ and short term (1-2 seasons) dispensations and exceptions will be granted.
Examples include – work secondments abroad, University exams, family commitments, health issues.
During this period, referees may choose to be designated as Inactive if they are unable to referee at all.
The default status of a member of the Programme is ACTIVE.
Whether through lifestyle choices or lack of ability it may not be always possible for referees to progress through the pathway. Membership of the pathway will be considered on an annual basis (typically as part of the annual International Allocation & Selection process) and the status of members may be updated as a result.
A visible and demonstrated commitment to all British Fencing run domestic competitions will also be taken into consideration when reviewing an individual referee pathway status.
Non Active Pathway members will be registered as:
Pathway members are expected to make themselves available for British Fencing run competitions throughout the year, including:
Additionally, if unable to attend the above competitions Pathway members should prioritise availability for the following:
Pathway Member are also expected where possible to support BRC events run throughout each season.
From 2023 GB Pathway Referees should use the attached GBR National Competitions Referee Exemption Form to request exemption from attending any of the above BF national competitions.
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