A Grade 7 referee is authorized to officiate adult matches in addition to youth matches, and is the stepping stone to becoming a State or National referee.
- Must be 18 years old to start the process.
- Must be a grade 8 for one registration period. (1)
- Must have attended and passed an Upgrade to 7 clinic within the last three years
- Must have passing grade on an assessment on a senior amateur game. i.e. 40 or 45 minute halves match in a three-person system as center referee (2)
- Must recertify at a senior recert clinic (3)
- Must submit the Senior Check List to the state referee office no later than December 15th
(1) In other words, cannot be a Grade 7 the first year that you register; must be a Grade 8 first. For example, a referee certifies as a Grade 8 referee in April of 2017; therefore, is certified for 2017. He/she can then upgrade to Grade 7 when he/she meets the upgrade requirements and certifies for 2018 which could be as early as July 1, 2017.
(2) This must be done in the recertification year prior to the year that they upgrade. In the example above this would be July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
(3) In the example above that would be for 2018, and be held between July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Updated per message from State Referee Office, 20 Jan 2017