That's exact;y what I am saying.......

And exactly what I have done for every observation I have undertaken with the new scheme.......and only had 1 appeal, which didn't go well for the candidate.

The bit in bold clearly states that if a match is "out of the ordinary" i.e. challenging/very challenging, and the referee demonstrates both standard & refinement competencies, then a mark of Above or Well Above can be justified.

This carries with it the obvious expectation that Above or Well Above cannot be justified if a match is not "challenging/very challenging".

And exactly what I have done for every observation I have undertaken with the new scheme.......and only had 1 appeal, which didn't go well for the candidate.

*It is only the match assessor that can decide whether a match comes into the category of ‘challenging’ or ‘very challenging’. The assessor must decide whether the accumulation of:**match incidents,**the nature and frequency of challenges made by players,**number of cautions and dismissals,**the behaviour of the players and officials to each other and to the match officials,*

*or any other factors amounts to a challenging or very challenging match for the referee.***This will make the match something that is ‘out of the ordinary’ compared to other matches. If the referee demonstrates both standard and refinement competencies in his performance in any of the Competency Sections then with match evidence linked to those competencies, the assessor can justify a mark of Above Standard or Well Above Standard.**The bit in bold clearly states that if a match is "out of the ordinary" i.e. challenging/very challenging, and the referee demonstrates both standard & refinement competencies, then a mark of Above or Well Above can be justified.

This carries with it the obvious expectation that Above or Well Above cannot be justified if a match is not "challenging/very challenging".

I believe it should be possible (and I have in the past) to mark a candidate 'above standard' on a normal game, primarily for the reasons laid out by rustyref above. That being said, I've watched 7 candidates this season (4 x 7-6s and 3 x 6-5s) and I am yet to mark any 'above standard'!