LEVEL 2 – REGIONAL REFEREE
In order to be awarded a Level 2 Refereeing Qualification, referees will be required to attend a referee seminar and then pass an initial theory assessment followed by practical assessment.
Level 2 referee training is managed and run by the Home Countries, your Home Country referee contact information can be found here
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM FOR LEVEL 2 REFEREE COURSES
To register your interest in a level 2 referee training course please sign up here
Once qualified as a level 2 (Regional) referee you would be expected to demonstrate the ability to referee during the poules and early DE rounds of an Open or local age group competition.
LEVEL 2 SEMINAR AND ASSESSMENT PROCESS
The seminar is conducted by a Referee Instructor and comprises of theoretical knowledge, with interactive content such as quizzes and videos to support the learning process. This can be done online or in a face-to-face setting.
- The theory assessment will be looking to confirm your theoretical and the rule book knowledge.
- There are two assessment papers; one on general knowledge and the second is weapon specific.
- More than one weapon can be taken at the same time, but each weapon paper is taken separately
- You will be required to pass the theory paper with an overall 80% pass mark (70% will be required in each paper)
- There will be a discussion of your refereeing experience
LEVEL 2 PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT
Reinforcing the emphasis on supported learning and mentoring, the Level 2 referee assessment will now be conducted by Referee Mentors who will;
- observe your refereeing (a minimum of 5 poule fights) and DE rounds at a suitable competition to demonstrate your ability to referee regionally
- provide continual feedback and support during the initial assessment
- discuss the importance of self-reflective practice
- support the referee to improve their practical refereeing ability in the event that the required minimum standard is not met
NOTES FOR ALL LEVEL 2 REFEREE CANDIDATES
- The minimum age level to take a Level 2 refereeing qualification is 12 years (referees are only insured to referee at a competition that they would be eligible to fence in).
- Once qualified as a Level 2 referee, you should be capable of refereeing competently during the poules and early DE rounds of an Open or local age group competition
- Any referee under 18 can only referee at an age appropriate competition, that is their own age or younger.
- all candidates are required to pass the theory examination
- All bouts being used for assessment must use electronic recording apparatus
- Where possible a mix of women and men’s fencing should be incorporated into the practical assessments
WHAT TO DO ONCE QUALIFIED
- keep a record of all your refereeing, including the last stage you refereed to
- find a mentor or mentors that you can work with to continue your refereeing development, (this does not have to be the mentor allocated you completed your practical assessment with)
- try to referee locally as much as possible to gain confidence
- BF will invite Level 2 referee to certain BF run competitions
- attend any regional development days
- keep up your own personal development by watching videos, asking questions and reflectively observing and exploring your own performance as a referee
Next Step Level 2+ referee seminar and mentored observation, for more information click here