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About Sports Officials Canada

Sports Officials Canada (SOC) is a federally incorporated national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating and strives to represent Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization has been successful in promoting the objects of the organization by providing input to national and regional sport policy conferences. SOC. has provided active representation in the following organizations/groups:

  • Canadian Strategy for Ethical Conduct in Sport - Steering Committee
  • Sport Matters Group
  • National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) - U.S.A.
  • Officiating Development Alliance (ODA) - U.S.A.
  • Long Term Officiating Development (LTOD) Working Group


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The Real Reason Referees Wear Stripes

By Alec Banks, High Snobiety
A common colloquialism used to describe a referee in a variety of sports is “zebra” because of the obvious connections between the man/woman in charge of the gameplay and the hoofed creature whose stripes are unique to each individual animal. While the styles of referee uniforms have evolved over the years, major American sports leagues like the NHL and NFL continue to use the classic, striped pattern to differentiate the officials from the players (despite the obvious size and strength attributes). As we’ve learned in the past, each “common practice/occurrence” we deem as the accepted norm stems from curious origins – and the referees’ stripe-laden uniform is no different.

In the early days of football, referees wore white, dress shirts, bow ties and beret-style hats to add an air of authoritative control to competition. White signaled purity and an unbiased attitude – which is what one hopes they’re getting when the fate of a game boils down to the judgement of one/a few people.


ParticipACTION Report Card

The ParticipACTION Report Card (formerly the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card) provides a comprehensive assessment of the current state of physical activity for children and youth in Canada.
For the first time, the Report Card takes a stand on play in nature and the outdoors—with its risks—and includes a Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play developed by the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (HALO-CHEO), ParticipACTION and a group of 12 other organizations.
Materials are available on their website.  Click here for a Highlight Report.

Congratulations to Officials for the Stanley Cup Finals

Sports Officials Canada would like to congratulate our SOC iPartners from the NHL who have been selected to work the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals:
REFEREES:  Wes McCauley, Dan O'Halloran, Kevin Pollock, Kelly Sutherland.

LINESMEN:  Derek Amell, Shane Heyer, Brian Murphy, Pierre Racicot.


Human Kinetics Book of the Season is Here!

Sport First Aid-5th Edition
Provides high school and club coaches with action steps for the care and prevention of more than 110 sport-related injuries and illnesses. With Sport First Aid, you and your coaching staff will be prepared to make critical decisions and respond appropriately when faced with medical emergencies. To see more click here
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