If you are a TriWeapon Fencer, one of the obvious reasons for becoming a referee is because our program requires that you get a certification in something to graduate. The Coaches' Association and the Referee Commission have done the best job at creating straight forward certification processes, so those are the two best options. Refereeing will give you the most opportunities to use your certification and get something out of having it, so it is the most popular one for people to go for. If you're not a TriWeapon fencer, there are still lots of reasons to take a referee clinic or become a referee.
1. It will help you understand what is happening in your
2. It will help you fence better.
3. It gives you something to do when you can't fence an event.
If your rating is too high to fence Div III events or Div II events but your team mates or siblings will be attending them refereeing gives you something to do so you can go along and participate. If your club is hosting events you can't fence in but you still want to support the event, refereeing gives you that opportunity. If you're going to a ROC and fencing the Div1A on Friday afternoon, and can't fence the Div II on Saturday, but you're sticking around because you're fencing the Junior in the concurrent RJCC on Sunday, then referring Saturday gives you something to do.
4. It gives you another way to be involved with the sport of fencing and the fencing community.
If you really love fencing, you love going to practice, you
love going to competitions, you love everything about it; refereeing is one
option to deepen your exploration and learn more about it from a different
perspective. Going out and refereeing will let you look at different elements
of how fencing works and different actions people make and the ways they make
them. It will let you see a different element of competitions. It will also
allow you to make connections with competitors, referees, and tournament
organizers outside of your club. Your club and other local clubs also probably
need people to referee for them, so this is a great way to give back to the
5. It will give you perspective and an understanding of your
rights as a fencer.
6. There are monetary incentives.
7. You might enjoy it.
If you think you might be interested in refereeing, there are
clinics that happen routinely, it's just a question of when one will be in a
place close enough that you're willing to go to. If you're reading this post
around the time it's being posted and you're local or local-ish to here, we
will be hosting the Vice Chair of the referee commission (former Vice President
of USA fencing, and a referee who has national and international experience and
has lead the referees at several national circuit and championship events) to
run a referee clinic here in Catonsville September 26th 2021. If you're not
around here, or you're reading this too late for that clinic, check out the
clinic section of askFRED and you'll see when clinics are being offered.