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Advancement

OFFICIALS ADVANCEMENT PROCESS POLICY

Overview: The purpose of this policy is to standardize the Officials Division advancement procedure
for those AZ Region officials desiring to upgrade their current referee and/or score rating. No one
person is allowed to govern advancement.

  • Step 1. Official’s Application Submittal
    1. a. Advancement application available for download on Officials' Division webpage
    1. b. Advancement form may be completed by either the submitting official, Team Leader, ODAC member or National-level rated official

  • Step 2. Team Leader Recommendation
    1. a. All Officials' applications are to be submitted to their respective Team Leader for recommendation, either by postal or electronic mail along with three observations and/or ratings or three score sheets (for scorer advancements).
    1. b. Team Leaders will recommend approval or disapproval, to include written documentation with specific reasons.
    1. c. Team Leaders will sign and submit all applications via e-mail, regardless of recommendation to the Head Team Lead . Head Team Leader will submit to the appropriate Training Director by e-mail.

  • Step 3. Initial Application Review by Referee Training Director
    1. a. All Applications are reviewed for accuracy and signatures
    1. b. Applicant submission checked for mandatory tests, required Region documentation, current standing, Code of Conduct violations, etc. The referee Training Director may return the application back to the Team Leader for additional information and/or supplemental documentation

  • Step 4A. Final Application Review
    1. a. For final review of the official’s application for upgrades of Regional I level or below, the Referee Training Director shall have the authority to approve or disapprove the final disposition of the application
    1. b. Upon final approval, the Referee Training Director shall inform the Head Team Leader and the OD Steering Committee of the advancement. Head Team Leader will inform the Team Leader.
    1. c. It will be the responsibility of the Team Leader to inform the official of the rating upgrade
    1. d. The Referee Training Director will then submit the rating advance to the O.D. Competition Assignor for match pay and tournament assignment  purposes
    1. e. The ODAC Secretary will record the rating upgrade in the Region Web point database

  • Step 4B. For final review of an official's application for Junior National or National candidacies, the Referee Training Director shall submit approval or disapproval.
    1. a. If the rating is for Junior National Candidate, the Referee Training Director will submit the application to the O. D. Steering Committee for review of documentation and final approval
    1. b. After approval by the O. D. Steering Committee, the candidate will then be added to the Candidate Pool
    1. c. The Head Team will be notified of the candidacy approval. Head Team Leader will notify Team Leader
    1. d. The Team Leader will notify the official of the candidacy approval
    1. e. The Training Director will also be notified of the approval to coordinate the official's training/rating/mentoring with the Competition Assignor
    1. f. Once the official has undergone the national candidacy rating process and is awarded Junior National or National certifications by the USAV National Officials Commission, the Officials Division Coordinator shall inform the Region of the advancement.
    1. g. The Referee Training Director will then submit the rating advance to the O.D. Competition Assignor for match pay and tournament assignment purposes
    1. h. The ODAC Secretary will record the rating upgrade in the Region Web point database

  • Step 4C. For initial and final review of an official's application for Regional or National candidacies, the Score Training Director shall submit approval or disapproval.
    1. a. For final review of the official’s application for advancement to Regional or National level candidacy, the Score Training Director shall have the authority to approve or disapprove the final disposition of the application
    1. b. Upon final approval, the Score Training Director shall inform the Head Team Leader who will inform the official's Team Leader, and the OD Steering Committee of the advancement
    1. c. It will be the responsibility of the Team Leader to inform the official of the rating upgrade
    1. d. The Score Training Director will then submit the rating advance to the O.D. Competition Assignor.
    1. e. The ODAC Secretary will record the rating upgrade in the Region Web point database

  • Step 5. Appeal Procedure for Disapproval of Applications
    1. a. If in any of the above situations, where the advancement application is not approved at any promotional level, the official may appeal the decision by submitting a written request, no later than 10 days after notification of the disapproval.
    1. b. The written request for appeal will be sent directly to the OD Coordinator by postal or electronic mail.
    1. c. The OD Coordinator will notify the O.D. Steering Committee of the appeal and conduct an appeal review of the application at the Committee's earliest convenience.
    1. d. The O.D. Steering Committee has the authority to make additional recommendations or changes as determined by majority rule, in the following areas:
      1. 1. Application procedures
      1. 2. Application appeals
      1. 3. Candidate Pool Priority List, submitted by the Referee Training Director
    1. e. Decisions made by the O.D. Steering Committee shall be final.

  • Step 6. Region Commissioner/O.D. Coordinator Signature
    1. a. Either the Officials Division Coordinator or the Regional Commissioner shall sign off on those candidates’ applications whose application has been approved for the current year’s Junior National referee and/or National Scorer rating process.