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 period1
- 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 referee2
- Must recertify at a senior recert clinic3
- 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