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Canada Soccer celebrates National Officials Day with essay contest

National Officials Day is an annual initiative that takes place on 16 April. It was started by Sports Officials Canada to increase awareness and promote respect for officials in sport.
To celebrate, Canada Soccer is inviting all registered referees to participate in our Why Do You Enjoy Being an Official essay contest. Share your story by telling us why you became a referee and what you enjoy about it. Submissions should be between 750 to 1000 words.
To enter: Submit your essay to Michael Tucker by 30 April 2014. Make sure to include your name, age, referee class, Provincial Association and District.
Prize: Two winners will receive an Umbro Referee Prize Pack, valued at $400.

National Officials Day - We're here so you can play!

OTTAWA – April 16, 2014 – Have you said “THANKS” to a sports official today?  Sports Officials Canada is proud to promote the second annual National Officials Day in Canada. The aim is to increase the awareness of the importance of officiating to sport and to promote respect of officials.
“We hope that sport organizations, administrators, coaches, athletes and parents are taking time today to acknowledge the men and women who officiate our sports and to recognize their efforts and the tremendous impact they have on sport in this country.” said SOC President, Paul Deshaies.
Earlier in the year, Canadians watched their athletes shine on the international stage at the Sochi Olympics and Paralympics.  Hundreds of athletes and coaches - picked as our best - represented Canada at the biggest sporting event in the world.  But there was another team in Sochi from Canada – a team of 53 technical officials representing 16 disciplines.  They too were picked as the best, from the over 250,000 Canadian technical officials who help to keep sport running in this country.
Over the weeks of the Olympics, we heard that “We all play for Canada”.  Sports Officials are there so we can play; so we can enjoy the games we love.  Take a moment today to say thank you to them.


SaskSport Does a Super Job for National Officials Day

Check out the SaskSport website: for their great work on National Officials Day. 
Here is just a couple of the tools they’ve made available. Well done!

The Rules R™ Joins as SOC Partner

Sports Officials Canada is pleased to welcome The Rules R™ to our Partner program.  The Rules R™ is an experiential sport-based learning app with the goal to improve the knowledge and understanding of the rules of the game. The Rules R™ was created for all participants of the game - officials/referees, players, coaches, teachers, spectators and fans. The objective of The Rules R™ is to increase the enjoyment of all participants by improving the understanding of the rules and their application.
For more information visit:
Take our special National Officials Day Rules Quizzes all day on April 16th and win some great prizes including The Rules R™ App.

Congratulations to Trevor Kerr on Hall of Fame Induction

A longstanding and widely respected official both within Canada and abroad, Trevor Kerr has been a fixture on the wheelchair basketball scene for more than three decades.
Trevor became a wheelchair basketball official in 1979 and went on to establish himself as one of the most experienced referees in Canada. With his wealth of technical expertise, he became a licensed official with the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation in 1995. He has since represented Canada at various competitions both as a referee and as a commissioner, including the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008.
In 2007, Trevor was recognized as the first Official of the Year at the inaugural Wheelchair Basketball Canada awards ceremony.
Trevor’s legacy within the sport of wheelchair basketball extends far beyond his career as a referee. In addition to his significant impact as an official on the court, Trevor has also been actively involved in the development of the sport behind the scenes.
He has been a member of the Wheelchair Basketball Canada board of directors as vice-president of the technical portfolio since 1999. In that role he has worked to improve technical aspects of the game and help shape the future of the sport. A true mentor, he has also dedicated an immense amount of time to the development of fellow officials in Canada by facilitating introductory educational courses and serving as an evaluator at various domestic events.
In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments, join us in congratulating Trevor Kerr as we welcome him to the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Hall of Fame.
For the complete list of the inductees go to: 

Human Kinetics Book of the Season Now Available

Stretching Anatomy, Second Edition, is a visual guide to 86 stretches for increasing range of motion, muscular strength, stamina, posture, and flexibility. Step-by-step instructions describe how to perform each stretch, while 110 full-color anatomical illustrations highlight the primary muscles and surrounding structures engaged. To see more click here
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Nominations for SOC Hall of Fame Awards - Now Open!

March 7, 2014 - Nominations Open

Make your nominations online through the SOC Hall of Fame

- Female Official of the Year -
- Male Official of the Year -
- Allen G. Rae Builder Award -
- Ron Foxcroft Award for Excellence in Professional Sport -


Nominations may only be made by Voting Members of SOC

Awards will be presented in Ottawa, at the SOC Hall of Fame Dinner, Sept 27, 2014.

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