Become a Referee
By becoming a USRowing referee, you will be able to directly support athletes by assuring that they have a “safe and fair” field of play. Without a doubt, referees experience the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” from the best seat in the house. Becoming a referee is not complicated but does require a few simple steps. While any licensed USRowing referee can help you with the process, you should start by contacting the USRowing Referee Regional/District Coordinator in your region or the Director of Referee Programs at USRowing.
Let’s Get Started!
Step One – Applications
- Complete this Candidate Application and submit to USRowing
- Complete the NCSI Background Check. You will need to copy and paste this Self Registration Number: 71712499 to complete the background check.
- Once these two steps are completed, you will receive a complimentary one-year referee membership to USRowing and a USRowing Candidate Referee number.
Step Two – Register for the Online Training Program
Additional Information and Resources
Step Three – Observations
- Print out the Referee Candidate Card
- Sign your USRowing Waiver
- Contact your Regional Coordinator to schedule time to attend one or more USRowing registered sprint regattas with a USRowing official to complete your referee position observations including Start Marshal, Chief Judge, Starter, Referee at Start, Referee and Control Commission/Dock Master.
Step Four – Assistant Referee Licensing Exam
- Complete the U.S. Olympic Committee SafeSport Training Program
- Take the Assistant Referee Licensing Exam
- Contact your Regional/District Coordinator for approval to take the Assistant Referee Licensing Exam.
- Your coordinator will provide an email address allowing you access to register for the exam.
- The exam is open book. You may use the training material provided in the Online Training Program and the USRowing Rules of Rowing.
- To provide feedback on the experience or process please email comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org