RATO

RATO (Referee Advancement & Training Organization)

RATO Mission:

Advance referees by skills training and review the maximum number of Texas referees in the shortest reasonable time frame and prepare those willing and able for further advancement.

  • Develop and maintain a short list and long list of potential territorial referees and work through exchanges and interactions with domestic and foreign sources to provide them with opportunities and intensive training.
  • Use film and technology to exponentially expand numbers of reviews.
  • Train more coaches and mentors (targets set by RATO)
  • Exclude no referee for age, sex or ethnicity from the opportunity to be reviewed and advanced
  • Develop a cadre of young referees
  • Train and develop a cadre of trained AR’s
  • Link training of referees and team coaches to promote best practices and advance the game here in Texas
  • Revise and refine mission statement and work with schedulers to execute plan.

RATO Staff:

Group Leader:
Traci Schmidtke – Vice Chairman

Group Members:
James Wolfinger – Chairman
Dave McPhail – TRU Rep
Jon Savage – Head of TRU Rules & Laws (R&L) Committee

Regional Representatives*:
Wendy Young
Scott Green
Richard Zdunkewicz

*The Schedulers have filled this position at this time. However, the regional rep does not have to be a scheduler.

Referee Coach/Mentor Coordinator:
Jon Savage

Regional Secretaries*:
North – Wendy Young
Central – Jessie Enriquez
South – Jessie Enriquez

*Tracks online assessments & coaching reports.

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