SEC Football Officiating Evaluation and Accountability
Annual Evaluation Process:
Every official is evaluated in the following categories:
- Prior to the start of each season, every official participates in a 1½-mile conditioning run and is evaluated by position. Each official must make or surpass their assigned time, which is set by a training staff based on military standards by age.
- Each official participates in a preseason officiating clinic rules test which is scored and evaluated on the official's knowledge of NCAA football rules.
- The in-season accountability process, as explained below, is used throughout the season.
- A composite of weekly video evaluation grades is averaged to develop an annual video evaluation grade for each official.
- Each observer completes a peer ranking for every official at each position, and then a median score of peer rankings is computed and a final position ranking is determined.
- Comprehensive evaluation by the Conference Coordinator of Officials for each official.
- All SEC officials are held accountable for their overall body of their work and the work of their crew, which is reviewed on a weekly and annual basis.
- Every call by each official during every game is analyzed by a team of experienced position evaluators. These evaluations take place both in-game and through post-game video evaluation.
- These ongoing performance evaluations are used to determine game assignments, SEC Championship Game and post-season bowl assignments, compensation levels and ultimately, whether an official is invited to return for the following season.
- In addition to serving as an important evaluation tool for each official and crew, this extensive review process is utilized for continuous training and education of the entire officiating roster.
- During the season, officials may have their assignments altered based on in-season performance. The SEC typically will not publicly announce those decisions.