Assessment & Upgrade


CSL has been granted Top Division 1 status by the State Referee Association. That means that Division A games can be used for up to Grade 5 upgrade and maintenance assessments. If you are a current Grade 6 or Grade 5, the Fall is a great opportunity to start working on your maintenance assessments. If you are a Grade 8, Grade 7, or Grade 6 interested in moving up, it is also in your best interests to start early. Please contact Greg Hauck if you need assessments.  He can pair you with appropriate games and crewmates. This is particularly important for upgrading when you need to have an AR assessment on a match with a Referee also being assessed. You are strongly advised not wait until the Spring to start your assessment journey. Rain, reschedules, and conflicts combined to push them to the 11th hour in June. If possible, get as much done in the Fall as you can and then use the Spring as a backup!


Upgrade to Grade 7: If you are a Grade 8 thinking of upgrading to Grade 7 for 2020 (you have not already completed an assessment and the Grade 7 upgrade clinic for the 2019 badge year), you need to register as Grade 8 for 2019, complete the Grade 8 recert clinic, and then take a Grade 7 upgrade class.  You will also need to pass an assessment as a center referee on an adult amateur game.

Upgrade to Grade 6: Complete your Grade 7 requirements, and complete the Grade 6 upgrade clinic. 


  • One year as a Grade 7
  • Pass a minimum of two assessments as a referee (from affiliated U-16 and above games with a minimum of 40 minute halves; one assessment must be on an adult division 2 or higher game) completed by two different State or National Referee Coaches, and pass one assessment as an assistant referee on an adult division 2 or higher game.
  • Pass fitness test.

If you have any questions for registration, recertification, or upgrades please do not hesitate to contact Greg Hauck.  The process isn’t always clear and some interpretation is often necessary.  For more information go to the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program site.