Following community consultation on Referee Provision at BF Championship Events, further information is now available on the provision for the 2023 British Open Championships (3-4th June).
Following the community consultation on Referee Provision at BF Championship Events, updated information is available for the 2023 British Open Championships, which will be held in Sheffield on 3-4th June 2023.
BF will work with clubs collaboratively to provide the required amount of referees to run a successful event. Clubs impacted by the new quota system (detailed below) are encouraged to contact BF as soon as possible with any queries or issues they may have.
From the consultation period, we understand that this will affect some clubs who currently feel that they do not have referees to fill their quota at this time; therefore, BF will work with clubs to:
Referee Provision Information
The British Open Championships will pilot the following model for referee provision
Each Club provides a referee based on the number of Fencers they enter:
Note that is quota is based on per weapon per day. For example, a club entering four fencers into Men’s Epee and four into Women’s Foil are not required to provide a referee. However, if a club is entering five fencers into Men’s Epee and three into Women’s Foil, the club must provide one referee.
As this is the first event where this provision is in place, BF wants to work collaboratively with clubs where they must provide referees per their club entries.
The process will work as follows:
As stated in the proposal, BF will cover the day rates for all referees per the following pay scale at BF Cadet, Junior & Senior Events where the pilot is in place (listed below).
|Qualification Level||Maximum Day Rate|
|Domestic Referee: Level 3, Level 2 Qualification||£40|
|International Referee: Active FIE, EFC C Grade Qualification||£60|
Frequently Asked Questions From Consultation
Q: Is this coming in for all ranking events?
A: At present, this is a pilot which covers the below BF ran portfolio events
Q: My club must provide a referee, but we don’t have any referees, and we cannot afford this pilot?
A: Reach out and talk to us early. There are several alternative options to contribute to the event, for example, event volunteers. We are also open to discussions about providing more referees or volunteers at one event if there is a particular financial challenge with another.
If you have any questions, contact [email protected]
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