We have two types of ratings for Probationary and Transfer officials. For each game you work you will be rated by the Crew Chief, on a 1-7 scale along with comments on your uniform, attitude, mechanics, rules knowledge etc. Those ratings are submitted at the end of the year to the Ratings Chairman and he compiles a numerical list which is submitted to the Board. You will be rated against your own class only since your experience and skill level is limited. Next year in April or May you can call, e-mail or write the Ratings Chairman or if on a crew your Crew Chief to find out what your rating was and where you stand in the class.
At games below the JV and Varsity level, the crew chief is the Referee assigned to that game. He/she is required to meet prior to, and immediately after the game to provide instruction and direct feedback. Following each youth or Frosh game, the Referee will submit a rating, in Arbiter, for each official’s work for that game, or set of games.
7 - Top 1%
6 - Top 10%
5 - Top 30%
4 - 50%
3 - Bottom 30%
2 - Bottom 10%
1 - Bottom 1%
Ratings—The SDCFOA uses seven criteria to evaluate your performance, individually and as a crew. They are:
Pre-Game / Time Management – 5%
Prepare for your pre-game. Contribute but don’t dominate. Be organized, know where you’re going and how long it will take you to get there!
Hustle, Uniform, Equipment and Appearance – 5%
Get in shape NOW. Update your uniform and equipment.
Rules Knowledge – 20%
Get in a study group. Read Rule #1 then read Case Book for Rule #1. Move on to Rule #2…or establish your own system for reading the rule book and case book. You also have the Rules Summer Study!
Rules, Application and Judgement – 20%
Rules + Mechanics + Judgement = penalty or no penalty. Next step, honestly review your work with Hudl.
Demeanor – 20%
Be nice….all of the time…..to everyone! Be open to critical feedback.
Mechanics – 15%
Read the Mechanics Manual each year. Refer to it often. Use the Mechanics Summer Study!
Communication and Control – 15%
Use proper signals. Communicate with players and coaches in a positive, calm manner. Be a great dead ball official.
Additional information can be found in the 2018-2019 Mechanics Manual.