OFFICIATING GUIDE

The PFA is committed to providing comprehensive Global Pickleball Federation (GPF) Referee Training for members within PFA-affiliated countries, facilitated by USAP Certified Referee Trainers. Training is primarily conducted in English; however, Spanish translation services are available upon request to accommodate a broader range of participants.

Pickleball Americas: Referee Training Guide

The PFA is committed to providing comprehensive Great Pickleball Federation (GPF) Referee Training for members within PFA-affiliated countries, facilitated by USAP Certified Referee Trainers. Training is primarily conducted in English; however, Spanish translation services are available upon request to accommodate a broader range of participants.

Program Description:

The referee training program is structured to ensure that participants are well-versed in the rules and practical aspects of pickleball refereeing. The program includes:

1.) Pre-requisite Experience: All participants must have prior pickleball playing experience to ensure a fundamental understanding of the game.

2.) Preparatory Reading: Participants are required to thoroughly review the Rulebook and the Officiating Handbook before attending the ZOOM instructional sessions.

3.) Examination: An exam must be completed and passed by participants to demonstrate their comprehensive knowledge of the game’s rules.

4.) ZOOM Instructional Sessions: Mandatory attendance at all three ZOOM sessions, each ranging from 1 to 1.5 hours, is required. The sessions cover:

  • Session 1: Overview of the Referee Program, credentialing requirements, Referee Responsibilities, and the Code of Conduct.
  • Session 2: Best Practices, including the basic skills of refereeing, procedures, and scripts (provided during the session).
  • Session 3: Detailed guidance on using the Scoresheet, including marking and recording match details.

5.) On-Court Training: Following basic referee instruction, participants must complete on-court training at a location agreed upon by both the participant and the trainer.

6.) Visual Acuity Proof: Before participating in on-court training, participants must submit proof of visual acuity using the form provided.

7.) Certification: Participants who successfully complete the program will be awarded a GPF/PFA Referee Certificate, marking the first step towards becoming a skilled and confident referee. [Attach Certificate]

8.) Further Credentialing: Continued practice and gaining experience in officiating at tournaments are crucial for those looking to advance to higher credentialing levels (Level 1/Level 2).

9.) Training Rates:

  • The trainee-to-trainer ratio is maintained at 5-6:1 to ensure personalized attention and feedback.
  • The fee for a Certified Trainer to conduct two days of on-court training is $1,000.
  • All arrangements for the training within the country must be coordinated by the training host.

10.) Materials Required:

  • 6×9 clipboard
  • Printed scoresheets [Insert Scoresheet Link]
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Clothespin or a similar small clip, marked with “1” on one side and “2” on the other, for easy score tracking.