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Referees - Robotics Competition

  • Location: Sydney Olympic Park NSW
  • Commitment: One off - an event
  • Category: Other
  • Time Required

    There are two events which are each three days in length. Can do one or both events. Training required and provided online. Must pass online Referee certification by deadline set by FIRST Headquarters Minimum 3 full day commitment (Regionals)

  • Suitable for
    • Centrelink Volunteers
    • Skilled Volunteers
    • Work Experience
  • Type of work
    • Education & Training
    • IT & Web Development
    • Sport & Physical Activity
  • Training

    Training is required and provided, online access provided after volunteer registration in VIMS and assignment is confirmed.

  • Reimbursement

    Meals & Tee Shirts will be provided for all volunteers.

  • Requirements

    Prefer volunteers obtain a Working with Children Check. Volunteer must register with VIMS - the volunteer management system on the FIRST Australia website.


  • Contribute to a positive and fair competition environment for all participants
  • Display Gracious Professionalism at all times, even in stressful situations
  • Participate in discussions with Head Referee and other Referees to determine official penalty or scoring rulings
  • Monitor/promote safe practices on and around the playing field - lead by example
  • Wear safety glasses and provided Referee shirt when in the arena
  • Obtain a radio from the Head Referee to discuss rule infractions
  • Observe matches, "call" rule infractions
  • Must participate in pre-event conference call setup by the Head Referee

Experience and Skills Needed

  • Must be post-high school or equivalent (minimum age of 19 at time of service)
    • Exceptions may be granted by event Volunteer Coordinators after review and approval by FIRST Headquarters
  • Thorough knowledge of the competition game and rules of play, including staying up-to-date with Team Updates (must pass certification test prior to first Referee shift each season based on the timeline established by the Chief Referees)
  • Work and interact with volunteers, team members and students, contracted and FIRST staff
  • Approachable personality; high energy
  • Ability to balance the nature of the position as one of ensuring fair play, while acting as a mentor and role model to students participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition
  • Strong communication, diplomacy skills and an eye for detail
  • Ability to "take charge"; be assertive, but tactful
  • Ability to collaborate with others, work as a member of a team
  • Ability to move about the field and stand for long periods of time