Officials Licensing

USFL licensing for Referees, Judges, Inspectors and Matchmakers

Even the most experienced MMA officials need to learn and apply youth rules while keeping up with sustainment training and vetting.

Officials must complete Sports Engine Criminal Background Check and Safety Training (Module 1) every other year for $25.50.
 Plus free online CDC Concussion and USFL online training (Module 2) in alternating years. 
CODE OF CONDUCT: All Officials

OFFICIALS & COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT

Download Federal Abuse Prevention Code of Conduct 

USFL license and privileges can be revoked for violations:

Specific Principles

All Coaches and Officials shall therefore resolve to conduct themselves with dignity as a member of the USFL by:

  • Upholding the honor and dignity of the profession.
  • Setting an example of the highest ethical and moral conduct in personal contact with athletes, sports officials, parents/guardians, spectators and the public.
  • Taking an active role in the prevention of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse.
  • Avoiding the use of alcohol and tobacco products when in contact with athletes.
  • Mastering the contest rules and teaching them to his or her team members.
  • Not seeking an advantage by circumvention of the spirit or letter of the rules.
  • Exerting an influence to eliminate un-sportsmanlike conduct by spectators or others and not to indulge in conduct which would incite competitors or spectators against the officials.
  • Respecting and supporting decisions by officials.
  • Meeting and exchanging cordial greetings with the opposing coach; setting the appropriate tone for the event before and after competition.
  • Encouraging safe and practical competition practices, including but not limited to, reasonable weight management and discouragement of unnecessary weight cutting.

Prevention, Detection and Reporting of Child Abuse

  • Never create an unobserved ONE on ONE interaction with a youth athlete. This is the key preventive measure against sexual assaults and claims.
  • You are a mandatory reporter and must report suspicion of child abuse to 911 within 24hrs of occurrence and specifically ask if follow up is required.
  • Complete criminal background check & all required safety training.

FEDERAL LEGISLATION - PREVENTING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN YOUTH SPORT

Module 1 - SPORTS ENGINE CRIMINAL HISTORY SCREENING & SAFETY TRAINING: 1st year & every other year after

USFL Officials are screened for convictions of sex offenses & crimes against children and require training in compliance with the Federal SafeSport Act.

Required for Matchmakers, Referees, Inspectors and Volunteers Recommended for Judges

This will cost $25.50 and is good every other year.

CLICK HERE TO INITIATE SPORTS ENGINE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK & SAFETY TRAINING

In this Session you will obtain Training and Information on: 

USFL Code of Conduct 
Safe Sport Protocols
Concussions
Dangers of Dehydration
Your final step will be an emailed link to complete your online Abuse Prevention Systems Course. 

You may bypass these requirements if you can provide proof of the following:

1. Completed/Passed a Criminal Background check from another Sports federation (within 1 year)
2. Have a Certificate of completion for the CDC Coaches Heads Up Concussion Course (within 1 year)
3. Certificate/ Documented proof of completion of one of the following: (Within 1 year)
Safe Sport Certificate
Mandatory Reporter Certificate
Abuse Prevention Certificate
Darkness to Light Certificate

Email Certificates/ Proof dated to jon@fightleague.org 

Certain criminal convictions of violence may require a waiver.  

Convicted Sex offenders, Convictions of crimes against children and other egregious offenses cannot be waived. 

Information on who and how to apply for a conviction waiver.

 

Stand Alone Abuse Prevention System (ABS) Training is available for $5.

*You already get this course as part of your Search Engine background check. If you failed to use the email link sent to you and now have to complete the course, do it here.  
Use this link to take the online course by itself 

MATCHMAKER/ PROMOTER TRAINING: First year

Matchmaker's pair youth athletes for competition and are the direct liaison between the USFL and Promoter helping  ensure the regulatory and safety standards of the competition are met.

Matchmaker's must complete a Background and SafeSport/ Abuse Prevention Systems training every other year.  

This is not a test but a method to reinforce information that is required. 

 ONLINE MATCHMAKER/ PROMOTER TRAINING
(Use access code - USFL

Copy or screenshot that "Training" was completed. 
This will be uploaded when registering for license.

This Training should be completed the first year and "every other year"  when the the Sports Engine Background Check and Training is not required. 

For more Detailed information on role and duties.
Promoter_Manual

 

MATERIALS FOR PROMOTER/ MATCHMAKER

Extra Annual Physical Forms

Age and Weight Spread Guidelines 

Parental Request for Age Waiver

Parental Request for Weight Waiver

 
 
 
JUDGE TRAINING/ QUIZ: Every Year

 

 In order to remove damage and brutality from the scoring criteria, the USFL does not utilize the 10 point must system. Instead a complex point system developed to award successful application of Mixed Martial Art technique is used as the judging criteria.

ONLINE JUDGES EXAM 
(Access code - USFL)

Take as many times as necessary to obtain a minimum score of 80%

Copy or screenshot that test was completed.
This will be uploaded when registering for license

Example of Clickers used by USFL Judges 

Download Judges Manual 

 
Module 2- REFEREE TRAINING & CDC CONCUSSION: Years when Sports Engine is not Done.

Referees are the most important officials for the USFL 

New Referees should compete this period of Instruction. 

Referees who are between years for Background or SafeSport/ Abuse Prevention Systems must complete this as sustainment training. 

This is not a test but a method to reinforce information that is required.  

 ONLINE REFEREE TRAINING
(Use access code - USFL

Copy or screenshot that "Training" was completed.
This will be uploaded when registering for license.

Officials will need to submit a CDC Heads Up Concussion Certificate in-conjunction with the Referee Online Training (every other year) in years when the the Sports Engine Background and Safety training is not done. 

 CDC "HEADS UP" CONCUSSION TRAINING

Referees should wear Red & Blue Wrist Bands while officiating

For more details of role and duties
Download Referee Manual

Module 2- INSPECTOR TRAINING & CDC CONCUSSION: Years when Sports Engine is not Done.

Inspectors ensure the regulatory and safety standards of the competition are met.

New Inspectors should compete this period of Instruction. 

Inspectors who are between years for Background or SafeSport/ Abuse Prevention Systems must complete this as sustainment training. 

This is not a test but a method to reinforce information that is required. 

ONLINE INSPECTOR TRAINING
(Use access code - USFL

Copy or screenshot that "Training" was completed.
This will be uploaded when registering for license.

Officials will need to submit a CDC Heads Up Concussion Certificate in-conjunction with the Inspector Online Training (every other year) in years when the Sports Engine Background Check and training in not done. 

 CDC ONLINE "HEADS UP" CONCUSSION COURSE

For more Detailed information on role and duties.
Inspectors Manual 

REVIEW REQUIRED EQUIPMENT LIST: Inspectors & Referees

Be Aware of Athletes Required Equipment!

Click HERE for PDF of approved fighters safety equipment 

Email jon@fightleague.org if you have any questions. 

TRAINING SEQUENCE FOR OFFICIALS

(Optional for Judges)

Module 1 Training 

SPORTS ENGINE BACKGROUND & SAFTY TRAINING

Module 2 Training 

CDC CONCUSSION CERTIFICATE

Module 2 Training  

ONLINE JOB TRAINING   

Access Code - USFL

1st Year and Every Other Year After Years when Sports Engine is not Done Years when Sports Engine is not Done

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS FOR REFEREE & JUDGES TO REVIEW BEFORE EACH EVENT

Guide Page For Rules
Bring with you to Event!

DOWNLOAD REFEREE SCRIPT FOR RULES MEETING 

REVIEW RULES & SCORING VIDEO

MATERIALS REQUIRED BY LEAD OFFICIAL 

 

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