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Ref Seminar with Astudillo, Mar and Nonomura     Nov 16, 2018 - Nov 17, 2018
Quality Inn and Suites: Thousand Oaks, CA Join us for your division's Referee development seminar. In the coming seasons, USFA will be requiring certified referees for all domestic tournaments. If you are interested in becoming a referee, or want to learn more about the sport, we welcome you.
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posted 10/31/2018
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Location: Quality Inn and Suites, 12 Conejo Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Date: November 16, 2018

Start Time: 5:00PM (Approximately)

End Time: 9:00pm goal

This is a two day seminar, requiring attendance at both days for credit.

Day 1 will be held at the Quality Inn in the Breakfast area or Lobby. Day 2 will be held at the fencing venue after the completion of the last pools.

Cost: $75 per person payable by check or cash to Charles Astudillo at the door. The fee includes evaluation at the seminar.

Charles Astudillo is a Certified Referee Instructor from San Diego, CA. Charles has refereed nationally for over 15 years, and has been a regular fixture at North American Cups. Charles has refereed several Division I matches, including the NCAA semifinals in Men�s and Women�s Foil in 2009. Charles is a member of USA Fencing Domestic Referee Development Committee.

Kevin Mar is a Certified Referee Instructor from Seattle, Washington. Kevin has refereed nationally for over 20 years, and is a successful coach for Washington Fencing Academy. Kevin is an international IWAS referee, and has refereed several IWAS world cups.

George Nonomura is a Certified Referee Instructor from San Francisco, CA. George has been in fencing since the age of five, competed internationally for eight years, and was a member of the 1988 US Olympic Foil Team in Seoul, South Korea.

About the Referee Development Clinic

The Referee Development Clinic will provide you with a broad understanding of the role, responsibilities, and duties of a referee, as well as refine your sense of right of way, timing, and application of the rules.

Attending an official FOC-sanctioned clinic is a prerequisite for becoming a certified USA Fencing referee, along with successful completion of a written exam. Once a passing score (90%) has been achieved on the written exam (both the general section and one or more weapon-specific sections) a referee receives a rating of "P" in each weapon passed. Further ratings improvements (1-10) can be obtained by being evaluated in a practical. It is highly recommended that you take and pass the examination prior to the practical.

Written Exams

The written test is now offered online and typically taken shortly following the clinic, though it may be taken in advance:

If you plan to sit the exam, please make sure that you have adequately prepared by going through the Study Guide:

Who should attend

This clinic is recommended for:

- Aspiring referees - who want to learn how right of way and rules are being applied at a national and international level;

- Athletes - who want to improve their games and get a more complete understanding of their sport;

- Coaches - who want to maintain their grasp of current interpretations and rules updates;

- Parents - who want a better understanding of tournament format and the basics of sport fencing for their children; and

- Current referees - who need to fulfill their annual requirement for seminar attendance or further their personal development.