Foil Referee Assessments

At the previous NAC it was noted that some people have never seen their assessments after being observed by the foil referee assessment program.
If you have ever been assessed reffing foil, you can view your results per the instructions included in the letter below that was forwarded from a program observer and ombudsman Tasha Poissant:

Dear Referee,

The Referee Performance Assessment Program for foil has been collecting data as a pilot program since January 2015.  Assessors (current and past) include: Doug Findlay, Tasha Poissant, Derek Cotton and Peter Burchard. Though a sizeable amount of data have been collected to date, it’s only a small sample of the work our referees do.  That said, the assessment program is a step in the right direction towards quantification and transparency of referee performance assessment.  The identification of trends and personalized feedback provided in the data will also assist in referee development.

USA Fencing partnered with CoachMePlus, a sports science and performance tracking company, in the fall of 2014.   Using the FOC’s existing paper evaluation form as a starting point, a web-based application was developed.

It is our hope that we continue to expand this program and create a workable database for our referee cadre. Next steps include collection and integration of feedback from the referees and discussion of the modification and expansion of the program for epee and saber.

Instructions on how to access your data in the system are below. Should you have any questions, please contact myself or the USA Fencing Sports Performance Department at  Please note that there are a few tabs in the system that are not relevant to this program.  Those tabs can be ignored.

Thank you for your continued hard work.  Your dedication is helping to improve fencing around the country, especially at our National Events.


Tasha Poissant & USA Fencing’s Sports Performance Department

Referee Performance Assessment Program Instructions

In order to find your personal assessment data, visit Your e-mail address has already been entered into the system and associated with an account created for you. If you have never logged on, click on “Forget your password?” to set a password for your account. Please refer to the details below in order to navigate the system.

You may log in any time to view your data. Currently, assessment data is real-time.

Assessors determined:

  • what type of action occurred
  • whether it was an easy or hard action to call
  • whether or not the call was made correctly by the referee

Points were awarded based on this simple matrix:

  • easy/correct call =  1
  • easy/incorrect call = -2
  • hard/correct call = 2
  • hard/incorrect call = -1

Recording every action in the bout is important.  For ease of data entry, actions were condensed into four categories:

  • attack/counterattack
  • attack no/response
  • single blade action
  • multiple blade actions

Assessing right-of-way calls was the main focus, but three “strip presence” categories (inspection, hand signals and management) also were scored and summed with the actions score. The pressure of an event typically ramps up towards the end of the day, so points were also awarded for the round the bout occurs in. A total possible score and an actual score for the bout (or group of bouts if a pool) was then produced. The higher the possible point total, the more amount of work required. The closer the actual score to the possible score, the better the performance. A referee’s results over the course of an event and his or her last six bouts were broken down by action category and available under the “Dashboard.”

The assessment program is designed to be transparent. The assessor for each session and any associated notes and feedback are available under “Reports.” To find this data follow the steps below.

As mentioned previously, the data collected covers just a small fraction of the total number of bouts which occurred during the pilot period. Going forward, we would like to collect more data as this will provide a more accurate assessment of performance.


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