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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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16.04.2014
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.

16.04.2014
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.

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16.04.2014
SaskSport Does a Super Job for National Officials Day

Check out the SaskSport website:  http://www.sasksport.sk.ca/officials.php for their great work on National Officials Day. 
 
Here is just a couple of the tools they’ve made available. Well done!

15.04.2014
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: www.therulesr.com
 
Take our special National Officials Day Rules Quizzes all day on April 16th and win some great prizes including The Rules R™ App.

07.04.2014
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: 

04.04.2014
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
 
Order now and get your Members-only special through HKCanada. Another great membership benefit brought to you by Sports Officials Canada.  To access the order codes, just sign in and go to the Members Benefits section.  Not a member?  Sign up today and access all of the great iMembership benefits.

07.03.2014
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 -
 

DEADLINE FOR ALL NOMINATIONS:  MAY 15TH

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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