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Sports Officials Canada Position Statements

Criminal Checks & Background Screening

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

All sports officials have a duty of care to ensure that everything reasonable and practical is done to protect the health, safety and well being of all officials, coaches and athletes.  Sports Officials Canada supports the application of criminal record checks for sports officials by the appropriate sports organization.

If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca
 

Substance Abuse

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

It is the position of Sports Officials Canada that substance abuse of any kind is contrary to the spirit of sport. All officials have the duty to adopt responsible behaviour in relation to alcohol and drugs. Officials must avoid the use of any substance that may influence their impartiality and judgment of sports competitions.

If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca
 

Ethnic Issues

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

Sports Officials Canada supports the position that officials shall not be party to actions designed to unfairly limit or restrain sport participation based upon economic factors, race, creed, color, age, sex, physical handicap, country or national origin. SOC supports the concept of allowing athletes to wear religious / ethnic related attire unless it poses a risk or gives an unfair advantage or creates a disadvantage to any participant. In all cases, specific issues must be referred to the appropriate sport governing body for the definitive rule interpretation.

If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca

 
Code of Conduct

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

Sports Officials Canada has established a Code of Conduct that it encourages all sport technical officials to follow, both on and off the field of play.

If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca
 

Major Games: Inclusion of Sport Technical Officials

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

Sports Officials Canada recognizes the impartial role that Canadian technical officials must assume at Major Games. While understanding this role, SOC supports the policies of major games organizations (Canadian Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Association, Canadian Intercollegiate Sports and Canada Games Council) within Canada, which appropriately recognize their selection by including officials in those functions, publications and other Canadian Team activities, when and where appropriate.

If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca
 

Official Languages

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

Sports Officials Canada is committed to representing and serving the officiating community in both official languages of English and French.

If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca
 

Ethics and Officiating

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

Sports Officials Canada expects that all officials will be impartial; avoid any situation which may lead to a conflict of interest; bear a great responsibility for engendering public confidence in sports; hold and maintain the basic tenets of officiating, and uphold the honour and dignity of the profession.

If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca
 

Gambling and Officiating

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

Sports Officials Canada expects that all officials will be dedicated to the integrity of competition, and will not gamble on sporting events, certainly on games or sports they officiate.  Affiliation with known gamblers is unacceptable.

If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca
 

Officiating Boundaries

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

Sports Officials Canada expects that game officials will govern the conduct of players and application of rules during an athletic contest. Sporting event organizers and administrators are responsible to govern behaviour of participants before or subsequent to the competition. Officials should remain calm and reserved in their approach to all negative behaviour and, at all times, they should exhibit a controlled and restrained demeanour.

If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca
 

Equity in Sports Officiating (Women in Officiating)

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

Sports Officials Canada supports the concept of Sport Canada’s integrated sport programs as defined and will continue its efforts to ensure that the needs of women in officiating are identified, promoted and supported in all of its policies and programs. SOC encourages its member associations to support these concepts in their own sport specific officiating programs.
 
If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca
 

Value of Officiating

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001.  It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

Sports Officials Canada recognizes that sport technical officials provide an essential service to the sport community. They are the individuals primarily responsible for maintaining the integrity of the sporting experience and for ensuring that such activity is conducted within the spirit and intent of the rules.

If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca
 

Violence in Sport

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

Sports Officials Canada recognizes that the duty of the sports official is to ensure a safe environment for the participants as defined by sport specific rules. It therefore disapproves any form of abuse or violence in the sport context. It recognizes the responsibility of sports officials, within the boundaries of the sport regulations, to display every effort in order to control the competitive environment and remove the potential of abusive or violent behaviours occurring.

In addition, sports officials have the right to expect that:
  • they are treated with respect and dignity
  • they have a safe environment within which to supervise the competition
  • they are appointed to a level of competition appropriate to their level of competence
  • they have access to opportunities to improve their skills as technical officials

Where abuse or violence is directed towards officials, it is expected to be reported and dealt with by the appropriate authorities.

If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca

 
Administrative Code of Ethics

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization, founded in 2001. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating at all levels and represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. The organization strives to increase public awareness of the importance of the officiating community to the integrity of Canadian sport.

Sports Officials Canada expects that officials who serve as volunteers within the sports administration field will demonstrate the highest levels of ethical behaviour.

If there are any questions concerning this statement, please contact the Executive Director of Sports Officials Canada at 613-837-7298 or at denise.pittuck@sympatico.ca

 

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