Mentors engage, support, communicate, lead, and teach. Sometimes non-verbal communication is just as effective (a familiar thumbs up or head nod can send performance approval with light year speed).

Mentors also help reduce the isolation that accompanies many new referees, a factor that can work against communication and the learning process.

Deciding what to say begins with what a new referee needs/wants to know and what the Mentor knows.
The art of being a Mentor lies in knowing how to initiate or respond to the new referee's needs, based on the Mentor 's experience and competency, using as few words as possible.

Being new, new referees are not in the best position to know how they are doing. Mentors provide the positive reinforcement on things done well and corrective commentary on areas that need improvement.

New referees are observed and given positive feedback by the Mentor.  Mentor's should, in a positive manner, offer no more than one or two improvement suggestions for any observation. During their feedback, Mentors should also include two to three things that were done correctly.  All oral feedback should be followed up by a written report and provided to the referee either at the time of observation or within two or three days of the observation.

Mentor Forms & Additional Information.

Mentor Responsibility


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