Club Accreditation is the first accreditation level in the Australian Fencing Federation’s Officiating Training Program. Club Referees are confident and capable to referee in basic situations such as club or squad training and low-level club or school competitions. A Club Referee will be able to:
- - explain concisely the fundamental differences between foil, épée and sabre refereeing.
- - outline the role and responsibilities of a referee in a fencing bout.
- - manage different types of fencing matches including timing, scoring and movement in the field of play
- - communicate decisions through hand signals and words used in refereeing
- - analyse fencing actions and make decisions relating to the awarding of points
- - apply appropriate penalties and sanctions (1st and 2nd Group only)
To gain Club Accreditation, a referee needs to complete the following requirements:
- - Participate in a Club Officiating Course organised by their State Fencing Association
- - Complete the Australian Sports Commission’s Introductory Officiating General Principles Course
- - Undertake 10 hours of logged refereeing practice
- - Pass a theoretical assessment and successfully complete a practical observation
Referees need to be at least 12 years old to be granted Club Accreditation. To complete and maintain their accreditation, referees need to be members of their State Fencing Association and pay an annual accreditation fee to the Australian Fencing Federation.
LENGTH OF ACCREDITATION
Club accreditation remains current for 2 years once completed. After two years, a referee can gain reaccreditation by attending another Club Officiating Course and resitting the theoretical and practical assessment components.
After gaining Club Accreditation, referees can participate in State Officiating Courses and move towards completing their State Level Accreditation.