South Texas Soccer Referees

Referee Fitness Testing


Fitness testing is required for State Referee Registration, promotion to Grade 7+ , requesting Formal 7+ or State (Grade 5 or 6) assessments, to officiate for Youth and Adult State or National Cup Tournaments or to request STSR support in officiating outside of the South Texas area. It is also required for Emeritus Referees wishing to officiate at a higher level than Grade 7 games.

 

STSR conducts two types of Fitness Tests:

  1. State  Level Testing - Grade 6 , Grade 7+ , Referee Travel Notification or Emeritus

  2. State 5 Level Testing - for Grade 5 Registration or for eligiblity to officiate
     Professonal Soccer Referee games

 

Fitness test results are good for 12 months (365 days). A later fitness test result will replace an earlier fitness test result (even if the later was a Fail and the earlier was a Pass). The exception to this, is that a Failure at a State 5 level fitness test will NOT remove a Passing result from an earlier State fitness test.

For State (Grade 6 or Grade 5) Referee Registration purposes a fitness test must be passed within the registration period for the Badge Year. For example for badge year 2017, the registration window is July 1st, 2016 - June 28th, 2017.

 

 



To choose the option that you need information about, click the title:

1. State Grade 6 and Grade 7+ Fitness Tests 

The State fitness test is used for promotion to Grade 7+, eligibility for formal assessments, registration as a State Grade 6 Referee, eligibility for Youth and Adult State and National Cup Game assignments, STSR support to officiate out of the South Texas area and for Emeritus Referees wishing to officiate matches above a Grade 7 level.

The State fitness testing is scheduled in one of the major cities within each STSR district during the fall (see below) . Each area may also optionally schedule fitness testing during the Spring months, depending on the needs of the district.

  Each fitness test has a capacity of 24 runners. If a fitness test fills up, an additional fitness test will be scheduled on the same day, or another day.  As long as scheduled fitness tests in the district  keep filling up, the district can continue to schedule additional fitness tests.  However once a fitness test is scheduled that does not fill up, no more fitness tests will be scheduled within that district for that season.  Fitness tests are held in the following cities:

  • District 1 - Houston
  • Distrct 2 - San Antonio
  • District 3 - Austin
  • District 4 - Weslaco or other cities as determined by the SDI
  • District 5 - El Paso

Fall Fitness testing months are September-December. Spring Fitness testing months are  March-May. Fitness tests will be on different weekends in the districts so that if someone cannot attend a test in one city, they can travel to another city.

STSR reserves the right to schedule State or State 5 fitness tests for special events, such as Youth Regional Competitions, State Cup Tournaments, STSR Academy group, etc.

The fitness test usually lasts about an hour and is  held at a Stadium, Park or High School track. 

 To register for a fitness test, sign into your STSR account, using the Member Sign-In above, and use the " I Want to"  Register for a Clinic or Fitness Test.  Answer the Convictions question, Select Referee : Fitness Test  and press Submit.  A list of Fitness tests will be provided, select the one you wish to attend, click Reserve. There is no up-front charge for the fitness test, but you MUST go to the Fees area and CHECKOUT to reserve a spot in the fitness test.  You will be emailed a receipt. If you Fail the fitness test, you will be charged the $30.00 fitness test fee. If you pass the Fitness test, there will be no charge, STSR pays for your attendance.

If you Reserve a fitness test and cannot attend, use the Transfer/Cancel function next to the reserved clinic on your home page to transfer to another fitness test or Cancel your reservation.  If you do not transfer or Cancel before the cutoff date of the Fitness test you reserved and you do not attend, you will be charged the $30.00 Fitness Test fee.  No excuses are accepted.

  • The Grade 7+ Fitness testing definition can be found here.
  • The Grade 6 Fitness testing definition can be found here.
  • A scheduled State Fitness Test supports both Grade 7+ and Grade 6 Requirements.

STSR Grade 7+ Referee Fitness Test Timing (7 lap interval)

STSR Grade 7+ Fitness Test Timing

STSR Grade 6 Referee Fitness Test Timing (10 lap interval)

 

Game Assignments

  • A grade 7 referee is eligible for promotion to Grade 7+ and for assigments to State and Pro matches once the Fitness test requirements are met coupled with a passing Grade 7+ Formal Assessment.
  • Grade 6 and 7+ referees are required to have a passing Fitness test within the last 12 months (365 days) for assessment and game assignment purposes.
  • Grade 6 referees must have a passing Fitness test within the Registration period of the badge year they are registering for.
  • A Fitness test and assessment is  recommended for Emeritus Referee grades 13-16 and Grade 7 referees officiating amateur youth and adult matches and for grade 8 referees officiating amateur youth matches.
  • The Emeritus Referee Grade may not be used to circumvent the assessment and fitness testing requirements of STSR or US Soccer. Active Emeritus Referees must qualify each year for the level of games that they will be officiating. Emeritus referees that do not have Passing fitness tests and associated Formal assessments are to be assigned matches at the level of a Grade 7 referee.


2. The Grade 5 Fitness Test

The State 5 fitness test will be held on the weekend before Thanksgiving each year.  For 2016, this date is November 19th. This test is usually held in San Antonio, but Austin and Houston are alternative locations. It is an advanced test using the  FIFA Referee and AR requirements. STSR has set timing requirements more stringent than US Soccer .

This is a difficult fitness test and it is highly recommended that you train for this fitness test well in advance. Those that are planning to progress to National on the Referee track, should run the Referee Grade 5 Fitness test.  Those that are planning to progress to National on the Assistant Referee track shold run the Assistant Referee Grade 5 Fitness test.  Males must run the Male version of the fitness test.  Females may run either the Female version or the Male version of this test.

A passing result at this test can be used for PRO game assignment eligibilty, Grade 6, Grade 5 and Grade 7+ Assessment and registration requirements, and STSR and USSF Developmental Academy Group requirements, National Candidate Portfolios and special match requirements.

A passing result from this fitness test will replace Pass/Fail results from previous State 6/7+ or State 5 fitness tests. A Failing result at this fitness test will NOT replace an earlier Passing result from a State 6/7+ Fitness test. It will however replace a Passing result from a previous State 5 Fitness test. 

The following is a reference to the State 5 Fitness test timing. The full US Soccer test definition can be found here. Please note however that STSR has set more stringent timing requirements than US Soccer.

 

The fitness test usually lasts about an hour and is held at a Stadium, Park or High School track. 

 To register for a fitness test, sign into your STSR account, using the Member Sign-In above, and use the " I Want to"  Register for a Clinic or Fitness Test.  Answer the Convictions question, Select Referee : Fitness Test  and press Submit.  A list of Fitness tests will be provided, select the State 5 fitness test you wish to attend (Male Referee, Female Referee, Male AR, Female AR), click Reserve. There is not an upfront charge for the fitness test, but you MUST go to the Fees area and CHECKOUT to reserve a spot in the fitness test, even if it is free.  You will be emailed a receipt.If you Fail the fitness test, you will be charged the $30.00 fitness test fee. If you pass the Fitness test, there will be no charge, STSR pays for your attendance.

If you Reserve a fitness test and cannot attend, use the Transfer/Cancel function next to the reserved clinic on your home page to transfer to another fitness test or Cancel your reservation.  If you do not transfer or Cancel before the cutoff date of the Fitness test you reserved and you do not attend, you will be charged the $30.00 Fitness Test fee.  No excuses are accepted.

 

 

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Chris Ng, SDI