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  1. Referee development: the open-book test

    by , 09-05-2014 at 05:53 PM
    Hockey and fencing have a lot in common in the first part of referee certification. When you express your interest in refereeing (in USA Hockey's case, by sending in your Level 1 registration fee), they send you a rulebook and direct you to a rules test you complete online. (It used to be that we did these tests with a paper answer form we would mail back to Colorado).

    While this is nominally supposed to be a closed-book test for fencing, USA Hockey expressly says theirs is intended ...
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  2. Referee ratings: hockey and fencing

    by , 09-04-2014 at 12:37 AM
    Before I get to comparing training programs between hockey and fencing, I’ll comment on refereeing levels. Officials’ training programs need to be tailored to the experience and skill level of the trainees, and the sports need to ensure that officials are assigned to the appropriate level of competition. In my opinion, neither hockey nor fencing has an effective tiering system for their referees. US Fencing/FOC has eleven levels for referees–too many. USA Hockey has four–too few.(#)
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  3. Notes 3 September 2014 - Reboot the sessions

    by , 09-03-2014 at 10:04 PM
    Last week at the Y for Adult it was Jane and I. We worked from the Epee Clinic notes. This week was Mark and I. I beat the rain into the Y, Mark didn’t. As he was coming in, there was a HUGE clap of thunder which Mark thinks was the parking garage taking a lightening strike.

    The Y had ordered electrical gear from Absolute so we went through the order. Very glad we did. One of the epees was not ground by the tip all the way, leaving it fairly sharp. Sent a video to AF’s info address ...
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  4. What can we learn from how other sports train their referees?

    by , 09-03-2014 at 12:17 AM
    Hockey season is getting underway, and as I do my referee training over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to offer a series of posts comparing the training and testing routine that USA Hockey has for its officials to US Fencing’s officials’ training. Since I started as a hockey ref 25 years ago, I've been to seminars every year, and I’ve gone to the advanced district camps twice. I obviously don’t have as much fencing experience, but I’ve been to a couple of clinics, keep tabs on FOC developments, ...
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  5. E/under epee 8/30

    by , 09-01-2014 at 12:11 AM
    Sometimes you don’t get any breaks. Fenced an E and under tournament at Maryland Saturday. Looked very promising as a chance to get some competition right around my level instead of at slower-speed in practice. I think my fencing was better than last time out, but the results were frustrating.

    There were 7 kids in the tournament (out of 21 total). None of them got put in my pool. Instead I got the eventual second and third place finishers, an adult who finished as first seed ...
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