Flag Football Staff Descriptions & Qualifications2018-07-30T16:49:41+00:00
NIRSA Championship Staff & Officials

NIRSA 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 (unsportsmanlike penalties, ejections, etc.).

Assistant Director of Competition

The Assistant Director of Competition is a two-year commitment to the NIRSA National Flag Football Championships. The Assistant Director position is a developmental role in preparation of serving as Director of Competition in the second year. This position is responsible for ensuring the event is executed in a manner consistent with NIRSA Championship Series Standards of Competition. Responsibilities include (in consultation with the Director of Competition):

  • Create and post schedules of play.
  • Print and distribute game sheets/scorecards to All-Tournament Committee.
  • Record and post results of competition.
  • Contact teams and committees if schedule is adjusted.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Competition.
  • Members cannot serve as Assistant Director of Competition twice in a five year span.

Preferred qualifications for Assistant Director of Competition:

  • In addition to the Committee Qualification Standards:
  • Served as Tournament Director or Chair of Operations Committee at previous NIRSA Championship Series event.
  • Current NIRSA Professional Member for five years.

Selection Committee

  • Incoming Director of Competition
  • NIRSA Championship Series Flag Football Work Team Chair
  • NIRSA Championship Series Vice Chair or Designee
  • National Tournament Host Designee
  • NIRSA National Sports Director or Designee

Director of the All-Tournament Committee

The Director of the All-Tournament Committee is responsible for oversight of tracking statistics and the All-Tournament Committee. Responsibilities include (in consultation with the Tournament Director):

  • Serve as liaison between players and tournament.
  • Record, track, and post statistics throughout the tournament.
  • Assist in selection of All-Tournament Teams.
  • Assign and oversee All-Tournament Committee members.
  • Track and monitor sportsmanship issues (unsportsmanlike penalties, ejections, etc.)

Assistant Director of the All-Tournament Committee

The Assistant Director of the All-Tournament Committee is a two-year commitment to the NIRSA National Flag Football Championships. The Assistant Director position is a developmental role in preparation of serving as Director of the All-Tournament Committee in the second year. This position is responsible for selecting all-tournament participants, recording statistic, and overseeing sportsmanship. Responsibilities include (in consultation with the Director of the All-Tournament Committee):

  • Record, track, and post statistics throughout the tournament.
  • Assist in selection of All-Tournament Teams.
  • Track and monitor sportsmanship issues (unsportsmanlike penalties, ejections, etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of the All-Tournament Committee.
  • Members cannot serve as Assistant Director of the All-Tournament Committee twice in a five year span.

Preferred qualifications for Assistant Director of the All-Tournament Committee:

  • In addition to the Committee Qualification Standards:
  • Served as Chair of All-Tournament Committee at two previous NIRSA Championship Series events.
  • Served on the National All-Tournament Committee for at least two years
  • Current NIRSA Professional Member for five years.

Selection Committee

  • Incoming Director of the All-Tournament Committee
  • NIRSA Championship Series Flag Football Work Team Chair
  • NIRSA Championship Series Vice Chair or Designee
  • National Tournament Host Designee
  • NIRSA National Sports Director or Designee

All-Tournament Committee

  • The members of this committee will be responsible for selecting outstanding players for the tournament.
  • For the selection process, additional consideration will be given to members that have served on an All-Tournament committee or in an All-Tournament committee leadership role at one or more NIRSA regional flag football tournaments.
  • 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.
  • There should be one All-Tournament Committee member per field at all times.
  • It is necessary that the members of this committee be present for the entire tournament, including the pre-tournament staff meeting.
  • Committee should see at least 25% turnover every year to ensure opportunity for new members.

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 (in consultation with the Tournament Director):
    • 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.
    • Select the All-American Officials.
    • Responsible for selecting Officials Committee and evaluators to assist with the training and evaluation of student officials.
    • Assist in the application and selection process for the Assistant Director of Officials.
    • Serve on Protest and Appeals Committee with Rule Book Editors.

Assistant Director of Officials

  • The Assistant Director of Officials is a three-year commitment to the NIRSA National Flag Football Championships. The Assistant Director position is a developmental role in preparation of serving as Co-Director of Officials in the second year and Director of Officials in the third year. Responsibilities include (in consultation with the Director of Officials):
    • Recruit student officials to work the tournament.
    • Provide training, evaluation and positive feedback for officials consistent with the highest standards of the officiating avocation and of NIRSA Championship Series principles of professional development.
    • Schedule officials throughout the tournament.
    • Assist in selection of All-American officials.
    • Work with the Editors of the Rule Book to create and present officials clinic.
    • Develop strategic partnerships with officiating camps, organizations, and conferences (high school, college, professional).
    • Assist in the coordination of travel for selected officials.
    • Other duties as assigned by Director of Officials.

    Preferred qualifications for Assistant Director of Officials:

    • In addition to the Committee Qualification Standards:
    • Served as Director of Officials for two NIRSA Championship Series events (Flag Football).
    • Served on the National Officials Committee for at least two years.
    • Members cannot serve as Assistant Director of Officials twice in a five-year span.
    • Current NIRSA Professional Member for five years.

Selection Committee

  • Director of Officials
  • NIRSA Championship Series Flag Football Work Team Chair
  • NIRSA Championship Series Vice Chair or Designee
  • National Tournament Host Designee
  • NIRSA National Sports Director or Designee

Officials Committee

  • The members of this committee will be responsible for evaluation and education of the student officials.
  • For the selection process, additional consideration will be given to members that have served on an officials committee or in an officials’ committee leadership role at one or more NIRSA regional flag football tournaments.
  • Their duties will include on field and video evaluation along with a pre-tournament education clinic.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills are critical for this position.
  • It is necessary that the members of this committee be present for the entire tournament, including the pre-tournament staff meeting.
  • There should be one Officials Committee member per field at all times.
  • The committee shall reserve a minimum of two to four positions for the inclusion of new professionals (defined as less than two years in a professional position), graduate assistants, and undergraduate students, that meet the above criteria, with the goal of professional growth.  These individuals will have opportunities to develop through the following:
    • Video recording, voiceover, and evaluation
    • Assisting with halftime and end-game on-field evaluations
    • Compiling and data analysis of committee evaluations
    • Assisting with pre-tournament education clinic training and presentations
    • Other items as needed as assigned by the Directors of Officials
  • Committee should see at least 25% turnover every year to ensure opportunity for new clinicians.

Media Relations

  • Members of this committee produce written, photo, and video content that is published on various NIRSA digital platforms before, during, and after the tournament.
  • Specific duties include:
    • Live reporting on games through social media posts and video streaming
    • Capturing the tournament experience of players and staff in both game action and other tournament events via written, photo, and video content
    • Producing written and photographic recaps during and following the tournament
    • Providing organizational assistance to championship day operations including arena/stadium announcing and streaming video production
  • In addition to the General Committee Qualification Standards for a NIRSA Championship Series event, recommended skills of committee members include:
    • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: sports journalism, social media production, sports marketing, digital photography and/or digital videography.
    • Familiarity with various social media platforms
    • Availability at the tournament through the conclusion of the last scheduled championship game.

Director of Media Relations

  • The Director of Media Relations is responsible for ensuring that written, photo, and video content highlighting the tournament experience of players and staff members is properly captured and shared via various media platforms in a timely manner.  Responsibilities include (in consultation with the Tournament Director):
    • Directing the work of the committee members to include pre-tournament preparations and staff scheduling during the tournament
    • Reviewing content produced by the committee to ensure it best represents a broad spectrum of participants and experiences at the championship event
    • Leading game operations / logistics surrounding the championship games in coordination with numerous other tournament staff
    • Coordinating with other committees to fill vital media and championship day roles that are unable to be filled by the media relations committee

Assistant Director of Media Relations

  • The Assistant Director of Media Relations is a two-year commitment to the NIRSA Championship Series. The Assistant Director position is a developmental role in preparation of serving as Director of Media Relations in the second year. This position is responsible for ensuring that written, photo, and video content highlighting the tournament experience of players and staff members is properly captured and shared via various media platforms in a timely manner.  Responsibilities include (in consultation with the Director of Media Relations):
    • Reviewing content produced by the committee to ensure it best represents a broad spectrum of participants and experiences at the championship event
    • Assisting with game operations / logistics surrounding the championship games in coordination with numerous other tournament staff
    • Producing post-tournament content including written and photographical summaries of the event for other NIRSA media needs
  • Preferred qualifications for Assistant Director of Competition, in addition to the Media Relations Committee Qualification Standards
    • Served as a Director of Media Relations at a NIRSA Championship Series regional event or as a Media Relations Committee member at a NIRSA Championship Series national event.
    • Current NIRSA Professional Member for two years.

Selection Committee

  • Director of Officials
  • NIRSA Championship Series Flag Football Work Team Chair
  • NIRSA Championship Series Vice Chair or Designee
  • National Tournament Host Designee
  • NIRSA National Sports Director or Designee

Rules Book Editors

The Rules and Officials’ Manual Editors of the NIRSA Flag & Touch Football Rules Book & Officials’ Manual are responsible for providing content for the officials’ clinic, ruling on rules protests, and receiving rule book feedback from players, coaches, officials, and clinicians. Each year, both Editors will serve on the Officials Committee staff at the National Tournament. Responsibilities include:

  • Create and implement a challenging and innovative officials’ clinic content. Officials’ preparation for the tournament should include pre-tournament materials, as well as classroom and on-field training.
  • Work with the Director of Officials to assign clinicians to assist with clinic.
  • Assist with on all rules protests with Director of Officials.
  • Develop structured trainings to be used throughout the tournament. (Used in the morning, during scheduled breaks, and at the end of the day at the discretion of the Director of Officials)
  • Serve in evaluator role if needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by Director of Officials or Tournament Director.

Need more information?

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