The CWPA Technical Committee is
charged with evaluating, educating and assigning officials with the
input from the Coordinator of Officials. The size and composition
of the Technical Committee is determined by the CWPA Staff and
approved by the Board of Directors. Selections must be approved by
the CWPA Board of Directors. Membership and officials will be
surveyed each year regarding the Technical Committee’s
performance as part of an annual review process. The Coordinator of
Officials and Commissioner will forward recommendations to the
Board of Directors as appropriate.
CWPA referees and coaches have the ability to contact the league office and/or the Board of Directors to address any concerns relating to the performance of a Technical Committee member at any time.
2012-13 Technical Committee
|Jim Cullingham||Bret Bernard|
History of the Technical Committee
Approved and funded by the varsity
membership during the CWPA Annual Meeting in December of 2005 to
begin active duties during the 2006-07 academic calendar, the
inaugural committee was comprised of three members: a
non-officiating referee (varsity competition) and two former CWPA
coaches. They were to serve for a period of one year, at which
point the Technical Committee process and committee members would
be evaluated by the membership.
The primary purpose was to educate, train, and evaluate officials. In addition, the committee was charged with the approval of all varsity league assignments, as well as handling post season assignment selections. The goal was to create a system that improved the overall officiating by providing increased feedback to CWPA referees on the varsity level. This included helping referees call the game more closely to current NCAA Interpretations. Members were required travel to three events per season for on-site evaluations, with remaining evaluations performed through videotape review. Weekly conference calls between the committee members also facilitated the evaluation process.
During the CWPA Annual Meeting in June of 2007 the membership endorsed the work of the committee and expressed that the process should be continued. They determined that the CWPA staff should now be responsible for locating personnel to serve on the Technical Committee, with final approval of the CWPA Board of Directors. No predetermined number of members or term limit would be mandated. This change was made to provide greater stability and continuity for the committee.