Level 2+ Referee Seminars and Mentored Observation

Following British Fencing’s (BF) 2017 review of the domestic Level 3 refereeing exams, a pilot of the new examination system took place at the Cadet and Junior National Championships held in Nottingham, September 2018. This pilot highlighted a gap in the current knowledge between Level 2 and being able to successfully pass the new Level 3 assessment.

To address this knowledge gap and support the up-skilling of Level 2 referees, towards achieving Level 3, and improve the competition experience for all participants from Regional to British Championships level, BF and the Home Countries developed a ‘Level 2+’ seminar with mentored observations. This is a collaborative seminar run by BF, the Home Countries and regions. The regions, supported by the Home Countries, nominate referees highlighted for development to attend the Level 2+ seminar.

The Level 2+ seminar covers a general overview of current refereeing standards including phrasing and interpretations, updated rules, correct use of hand signals and penalty awarded. It is an interactive seminar with all participants encouraged to share their understanding of the rules.

The participants are then mentored and observed by the FIE referee assessors delivering the seminar, who provide feedback on areas of improvement and share their experiences of FIE refereeing.

Further information on the Level 2+ seminar held at the 2019 GB Cup can be seen here

The next step in your referee journey is Level 3, for further information click here

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