Regional and Provincial Upgrading Programs
Upgrading referees may be charged for a MAXIMUM of 3 assessments that were not requested, provided these games can be used towards their upgrading requirements. For example, the OSA may decide to assess the referee on OUA games and other highly competitive games, despite not receiving a formal request from the referee. If the referee is in an upgrading program, they would be charged for these assessments. These 3 games would count towards the referee's 6 assessment maximum.
Regional Upgrade Program
The Regional Referee Upgrading Program is designed for District Referees 18 & older who are seeking promotion to the Regional List of Referees in Ontario. It is a two year program.
The program includes a required fitness test, assessments, passing a Laws of The Game exam and a two day education session.
Prerequisites to attend course
- Must be 18 years of age as of April 1st, the year of taking the course
- Must have a minimum of 2 years experience as a District Referee
- Must receive recommendation to enter program from DRC (OSA will obtain)
- Must complete and send in application form & clinic fee by March 1st of each year
- Must have run and passed the Regional Referee Fitness Standard (mid-April) and online Laws of The Game exam (late April) with a mark of 80% or higher prior to attending the two day in-service training session. The OSA will host a fitness test Mid-April - an exact date will be announced.
- Must have received a minimum of one assessment by, at minimum a District Assessor at a Senior Level game, the season prior to taking the course and will be required to be included with the application form
The cost of the course is $175. $150.00 will be refunded if referee fails to pass Regional Fitness Test in mid-April. This fee DOES NOT include the cost of any assessments.
Course fee includes
- Two days of training . In 2013 the course will be held on May 25 and 26th at the OSA in Vaughan.
- Lunch on both days is provided.
- A travel subsidy for those travelling over 200kms one way (with the prior approval of the Manager of Referee Development)
Requirements for successful upgrade to a Regional Referee
- Pass the OSA Fitness Test at the Regional Referee standard
- Pass multiple choice exam with a mark of 80% or better. The exam is based solely on the Laws of the Game.
- Referee in a minimum of 20 qualifying games (competitive U17 games and above).
- Work as an assistant referee in a minimum of 5 qualifying games (competitive U18 games and above).
- Receive a minimum of 3 assessments as a Referee over the period of 20 qualifying Assessable games (see link below).
- Assessments are reviewed by a review committee at the conclusion of the year and a decision will be made regarding the referee's status. Note that simply meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee upgrade to Regional Referee. These assessments are NOT included in your course fee.
- Chart of Assessable Games
- If you pass all requirements in the first year and are upgraded, you do not have to enter the second year of the program. If you fail to meet the requirements during the first year of the program, you are still in the program for the 2nd year. You will not have to pay to get into the program for the 2nd year and you will not need to take the Regional Upgrade exam. You will however, need to pass the Regional Fitness test and be assessed and involved in the set out number of games needed to complete the program.
Any questions about the Regional Referee Upgrading Program, please contact Lyndon Hooper at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (905) 264-9390 ext 236
Provincial Upgrade Program
The Provincial Referee Upgrading Program is designed for Regional Referees who are seeking promotion to the Provincial List of Referees in Ontario. Referees must have completed a minimum of 1 season as an ACTIVE Regional Referee before they can apply to the Provincial Upgrade Program. "Active" will be defined as having centred a minimum of 10 games at the appropriate level or higher, and a minimum of 10 games as AR at the appropriate level or higher.
There are two options to enter this program. One is through the OSA Winter Education Program (click link below), and one is through the normal means of applying in March 2013. All referees hoping to obtain their Provincial status, must pass the FIFA Interval Test in 2013. The Cooper test will no longer be used for Provincial Fitness Tests.
This program requires the following:
- Submission of the OSA Provincial Upgrade Application on or before March 7th, 2013
- Successful completion of the Canadian Soccer Association Provincial Upgrade Fitness Test (FIFA Interval Test is Sunday April 21st at Centennial Stadium)
- Successful completion of the CSA written exam (late April)
- Mandatory attendance at the CSA 2 day in-training session : At the OSA on May Victoria Day Weekend(May 17-19)
There is no application fee for this program if you are not participating in the Winter Provincial Upgrading Prep Program
Requirements for successful upgrade to a Provincial Referee:
After fulfilling all requirements above, you must then:
- Referee in a minimum of 20 qualifying games.
- Work as an assistant referee in a minimum of 5 qualifying games
- Receive a minimum of 3 assessments (maximum of 6) above competency (70.5 or higher) over the period of 20 qualifying games. You will be charged for these assessments. The first one is included in your annual referee registration fee.
- Assessments are reviewed by a review committee at the conclusion of the year and a decision will be made regarding the referee's status. Note that simply meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee upgrade to a Provincial Referee.
The deadline to send in your application to the Provincial Upgrade Program is March 7th, 2013.
Any questions about the Provincial Upgrading Program, please contact Nicky Pearson at email@example.com
2013 PROVINCIAL UPGRADING APPLICATION FORM
In 2013, an assessment will cost $65.
Regional Maintenance Assessments - A Regional referee's registration fee is $134, which includes the cost of one assessment. Any additional assessment will cost $65.
Regional Upgrade Course Assessments** - the Course fee of $175 does not cover the cost of any assessments required to complete the upgrading program. Each assessment will cost $65.
**Regional Upgrading referees will register as District referees before entering the upgrading program. This registration fee does not include the cost of an assessment.
Provincial Maintenance Assessment - A Provincial referee's registration fee is $134, which includes the cost of one assessment. Any additional assessment will cost $65.
Provincial Upgrading Course - Winter prep Course fee is $250, which does not cover the cost of any assessments required to complete the upgrading program. A Provincial Upgrade referee will register as a Regional referee, therefore, the cost of one assessment in the Provincial Upgrade program is covered in this registration fee. Each assessment, thereafter, will cost $65.