Basketball & Flag Football Staff Descriptions & Qualifications 2017-07-26T20:01:45+00:00
NIRSA Championship Staff & Officials

NIRSA Basketball & Flag Football Championships
Staff Descriptions & Qualifications

NIRSA Championship Series

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Director of Competition

The Director of Competition is responsible for ensuring that the event is executed in a manner consistent with NIRSA Championship Series Standards of Competition. Responsibilities include (in consultation with the Tournament Director):

  • Establishing rules of play (consult with Tournament Director and Director of Officials).
  • Creating and posting schedules of play.
  • Creating and printing game sheets/scorecards.
  • Recording and posting results of competition.
  • Recording statistics (where applicable) including sportsmanship issues (red/yellow cards, technical fouls, unsportsmanlike penalties, etc.)
  • Assign a Chair to direct the All-Tournament committee.
  • Selecting staff for the All-Tournament Committee (in consultation with the All-Tournament Chair).
  • Overseeing the All-Tournament Committee and all operations.

Director of Officials

The Director of Officials is responsible for recruiting student officials to work the tournament (or at least be involved in the officials selection process), for providing training for these officials, and for providing evaluation and positive feedback consistent with the highest standards of the officiating avocation and of NIRSA Championship Series principles of professional development. The Director of Officials is also responsible for selecting and directing clinicians and evaluators to assist with the training and evaluation of student officials. Responsibilities include:

  • Recruit student officials to work the tournament (or at least be involved in the officials selection process).
  • Provide training for these officials, and providing evaluation and positive feedback consistent with the highest standards of the officiating avocation and of NIRSA Championship Series principles of professional development.
  • Responsible for selecting and directing clinicians (Officials Committee) and evaluators to assist with the training and evaluation of student officials.
  • Select graduate assistants or outstanding undergraduates to serve on Officials Sub-Committee.
  • Select one committee member to serve as an Assistant Director. The Assistant Director capacity will be to assist in scheduling, evaluation summaries, and other duties that arise.

Qualification Standards for a NIRSA Championship Series Regional Tournament Director of Officials

The Director of Officials is responsible for recruiting student officials to work the tournament (or at least be involved in the officials selection process), for providing training for these officials, and for providing evaluation and positive feedback consistent with the highest standards of the officiating avocation and of NIRSA Championship Series principles of professional development. The Director of Officials is also responsible for selecting and directing clinicians and evaluators to assist with the training and evaluation of student officials. Responsibilities include:

  • Recruit student officials to work the tournament (or at least be involved in the officials selection process).
  • Provide training for these officials, and providing evaluation and positive feedback consistent with the highest standards of the officiating avocation and of NIRSA Championship Series principles of professional development.
  • Responsible for selecting and directing clinicians (Officials Committee) and evaluators to assist with the training and evaluation of student officials.
  • Select graduate assistants or outstanding undergraduates to serve on Officials Sub-Committee.
  • Select one committee member to serve as an Assistant Director. The Assistant Director capacity will be to assist in scheduling, evaluation summaries, and other duties that arise.

All-Tournament Committee

  • The members of this committee will be responsible for selecting outstanding players for the tournament.
  • Their duties might include keeping stats, monitoring games, and an evaluation of sportsmanship throughout the tournament.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills are critical for this position.

Committee Qualification Standards for a NIRSA Championship Series Regional or National Tournament

  • Currently employed or pursuing a career as a professional in the recreation field
  • If Professional staff should be a current NIRSA member
  • Willingness to learn and develop professionally in the field
  • Exhibit an interest or experience in student development
  • Available for entire tournament, including pre-tournament staff meetings
  • Chair position should be someone who has played the sport or has been on previous All-Tournament committees

Chair Qualification Standards for a NIRSA Championship Series Regional Tournament All-Tournament Chair

  • In addition to the Committee Qualification Standards
  • Current NIRSA Member for three-years
  • Served on the All-Tournament Committee at least two other NIRSA Championship Series events

Media Relations

  • This committee produces and distributes written, photo, and video content via numerous digital platforms throughout the tournament.
  • Duties include watching and reporting on games at various tournament sites, recording video, taking photos, posting updates to social media, writing game summaries and event recaps, and publishing content on tournament media including web sites and social media platforms.
  • The committee chair reports to the Tournament Director (Regional Tournament) or the Director of Competition (National Tournament).
  • In addition to the General Committee Qualification Standards for a NIRSA Championship Series Regional, recommended skills of committee members include:
    • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: web site management, social media strategies, digital photography, and/or digital videography.
    • Academic background in sports journalism, mass communication, and/or marketing.
    • Excellent written communication skills.
    • Availability for the entire tournament, particularly championship games, and attend all other events as directed by the Director of Competition.

Committee Qualification Standards for a NIRSA Championship Series Regional or National Tournament

  • Currently employed or pursuing a career as a professional in the recreation field.
  • If Professional staff should be a current NIRSA member.
  • Willingness to learn and develop professionally in the field.
  • Exhibit an interest or experience in student development.
  • Available for entire tournament, including pre-tournament staff meetings.

Officials Committee

  • The members of this committee will be responsible for evaluation and education of the student officials.
  • Their duties will include on court and video evaluation along with a pre-tournament education clinic.
  • It is necessary that the members of this committee be present for the entire tournament, including the pre-tournament staff meeting

Committee Qualification Standards for a NIRSA Championship Series Regional or National Tournament

  • Currently employed or pursuing a career as a professional in the recreation field
  • If Professional staff should be a current NIRSA member
  • Willingness to learn and develop professionally in the field
  • Exhibit an interest or experience in student development
  • Available for entire tournament, including pre-tournament staff meetings

Officials Sub-committee

  • The members of this committee will primarily be composed of graduate assistants or outstanding undergraduate students.
  • Sub-committee members will be teamed with member of the officials committee, providing ample opportunities for further student development.
  • On court/field and video evaluation along with a pre-tournament education clinic.

Committee Qualification Standards for a NIRSA Championship Series Regional or National Tournament

  • Currently employed or pursuing a career as a professional in the recreation field
  • Willingness to learn and develop professionally in the field
  • Exhibit an interest or experience in student development
  • Available for entire tournament, including pre-tournament staff meetings

Operations Committee

  • This committee will assist in anything having to do with running a tournament.
  • Provide supervision of games played, responding to medical and/or behavioral issues as well as operational issues such as equipment checkout, scorecards, etc.
  • Respond to grounds and physical plant issues.
  • Duties might also include court/field set up, keeping score, entering scores, trophy presentation, court set-up and break down, first aid and many other possible duties.
  • The Operations committee may vary in size from tournament to tournament.

Committee Qualification Standards for a NIRSA Championship Series Regional or National Tournament

  • Currently employed or pursuing a career as a professional in the recreation field
  • If Professional staff should be a current NIRSA member
  • Willingness to learn and develop professionally in the field
  • Exhibit an interest or experience in student development
  • Available for entire tournament, including pre-tournament staff meetings

Need more information?

Questions about the NIRSA Championship Series can be directed to the NIRSA Director of National Sport Programs, Valerie McCutchan.