Online Referee Seminar with Charles Astudillo

September 30, 2023
Registration closes September 29, 2023

Online Payments Not Accepted
In the coming seasons, USFA will be requiring certified referees for all domestic tournaments. If you are interested in becoming a referee, or want to learn more about the sport, we welcome you.

Location: ZOOM -- You sign up, two weeks prior to the

seminar, I email you the ZOOM Link, materials and payment information to the e-mail address provided in AskFred.


Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023

Start Time: 9:00 AM (Pacific Time) (Approximately)

End Time: 3:30 PM (Pacific Time) goal

This is a one day seminar, lecture only on September 30, 2023.  Referee Observations (included) will be held the next available local tournament where Charles is refereeing. USFA Membership is required to receive credit for the course.

Cost: $60 per person payable by checks in the mail, Venmo, PayPal or Zelle to Charles Astudillo. The fee includes evaluation at tournaments where Charles is refereeing.

Charles Astudillo is a Certified Referee Instructor from San Diego, CA. Charles has refereed nationally for over 20 years, and has been a regular fixture at North American Cups. Charles has refereed several Division I matches, Gold medal bouts in multiple age categories, and collegiately including the NCAA semifinals in Mens and Womens Foil in 2009. Charles is a former member of USA Fencing Domestic Referee Development Committee.

About the Referee Development Clinic

The Referee Development Clinic will provide you with a broad understanding of the role, responsibilities, and duties of a referee, as well as refine your sense of right of way, timing, and application of the rules.

Attending an official FOC-sanctioned clinic is a prerequisite for becoming a certified USA Fencing referee, along with successful completion of a written exam. Once a passing score (90%) has been achieved on the written exam (both the general section and one or more weapon-specific sections) a referee receives a rating of "P" in each weapon passed. Further ratings improvements (P-N1) can be obtained by being evaluated in a practical.  You must take and pass the written examinations prior to the practical exam.

Written Exams

The written test is now offered online and typically taken shortly following the clinic, though it may be taken in advance: (on this page) scroll down...

If you plan to sit the exam, please make sure that you have adequately prepared by going through the Study Guide:

Southern California Scholastic Fencing League

(SCSFL)-Richard Lee Referee Development Scholarship

Parents and Students attending league schools are eligible for scholarships toward certification as USFA referees. If you are interested, please apply here:

Who should attend

This clinic is recommended for:

- Aspiring referees - who want to learn how right of way and

rules are being applied at a national and international level;

- Athletes - who want to improve their games and get a more

complete understanding of their sport;

- Coaches - who want to maintain their grasp of current

interpretations and rules updates;

- Parents - who want a better understanding of tournament

format and the basics of sport fencing for their children; and

- Current referees - who need to fulfill their annual

requirement for seminar attendance or further their personal development.