Training and Education - Evaluation Requirements for USTA Certified Officials

 
   The USTA Officials’ training and evaluation system is developed and disseminated by the Training and Evaluation Committee. There are 14 National Trainer/Evaluators and each Section has its own Sectional Trainer/Evaluators.

 The purpose of the system is to ensure consistency in training, technique and application of rules and regulations. T/Es hold re-certification schools annually throughout the country. About 35 are conducted by National T/Es with the remainder being led by Sectional T/Es. Provisional schools for new officials are typically taught by Sectional T/Es.

 In addition, National T/Es conduct Line Training Clinics throughout the year, generally in association with Challenger-level professional tournaments. Solo Chair Training Schools are held occasionally.

 National T/Es are assigned to evaluate officials, both chairs and lines, upon the request of Sectional Chairmen or the National Chairman. Officials at all levels of experience should consider these as additional training opportunities. Sectional T/Es evaluate tournaments at the local level. In addition to the training component, evaluations are used to determine an official’s appropriate certification level. Basically, an official needs to be evaluated as performing at a level above their current certification level in order to move up.

 In the current evaluation system, the following are starting points:

  Professional 5.4                            Sectional     2.4

  National 4.4                            Provisional  1.4

  USTA             3.4

 Grades below the starting point are indications that an official needs to improve accuracy, technique or both.

 An evaluation above the starting point (.5 to .7) shows an above average official for thatcertification level, while evaluations of .8 to 0 above the starting point are for officials whose demonstrated skills warrant consideration for promotion.

 A Provisional Umpire (with Sectional approval) can move up to Sectional Umpire without evaluations simply by meeting the work requirement (5 days of roving or line work) and passing the USTA test.  A Sectional Umpire seeking to move up to USTA Line or USTA Chair Umpire must meet both thework requirement, have an average of 2.7 or above from National or Sectional T/Es and the approval of their Sectional Chair. Separate evaluations are necessary for line and chair certifications.

 

 To be considered for advancement to National Line certification, a USTA Line Umpire should meet the work requirements and:

• receive a minimum of 3 evaluations of 3.8 or above (at least one baseline) from at least two                 

different National T/Es. Consistency of evaluations is important.

 • not have more than 10 percent below average (3.2 or below) evaluations (with fewer than 10 evaluations, one below average evaluation is permitted)

 • have an overall evaluation average of at least 3.65

 • receive the approval of the National Chairman.


To be considered for advancement to National Chair certification, a USTA Chair Umpire should meet the work requirements and:

 • receive at least two evaluations of 3.7 or above from at least two different National T/Es

 • not receive more than one evaluation of 3.2 or lower

 • receive the approval of the National Chairman.


 To be considered for advancement to Professional Line certification, a National Line Umpire should

meet the work requirements and:

 • receive a minimum of 3 evaluations of 4.8 or above on 2 baselines (or 1 base and 1 serve) and 1 long line from at least two different National T/Es. Consistency of evaluations is important.

 • not have more than 10 percent below average (4.2 or below) evaluations (with fewer      

    than 10 evaluations, one below average evaluation is permitted)

 • have an overall evaluation average of at least 4.65

 • have at least one service line evaluation of at least 4.4

 • receive the approval of the National Chairman.

 To be considered for advancement to Professional Chair certification, a National Chair Umpire

should meet the work requirements and:

 • been certified at the National level within the last two years

 • receive the approval of the National Chairman.

 
The National T/E Committee reviews all Professional and National certification levels annually, 
with recommendations going to the National Chairman. In order to advance to - and to maintain - National or Professional certification, an official’s overall work record and evaluations for the previous year must reflect consistent superior performance.

 An umpire receiving multiple below-standard evaluations during a year is subject to having their certification level reduced by their Sectional Chairperson or the National Chairperson.

 All officials have a right to know the evaluations they have received. Officials should not hesitate todiscuss their performance with T/Es, whose recommendations are often used in the selection of officials for other tournaments. 

 

 
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