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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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21.07.2014
Badminton Canada has a new BWF Certified Umpire– Gérald Arseneault

Badminton Canada is pleased to announce that the BWF Events Committee on 26 May 2014 confirmed Gérald Arseneault as a BWF Certificated Umpire. 
 
Gérald has been a physical education teacher since 1990 and currently teaches elementary school in Quispamsis NB. Although he never played badminton at a high level but has always enjoy the game since he started playing in middle school. In 1985, Gérald was introduced to the officiating part of badminton while attending the Université de Moncton and has remained an active official with Badminton Canada ever since.
 
“We are so pleased that Gérald has achieved this level of recognition for his hard work” stated Peter Golding (President of Badminton Canada) “there are only about fifty umpires of at this level in the world and we thank him for his dedication to this important aspect of our sport.”

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02.07.2014
John Bieniewicz, U.S. soccer ref, dies after being punched during match

A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in suburban Detroit died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said.
 
John Bieniewicz, who was attacked Sunday at a park in Livonia, died at Detroit Receiving Hospital, said hospital spokesman Alton Gunn, Livonia police and the man's longtime friend, Jim Acho.
 
Police Lt. Tom Goralski said a 36-year-old man punched Bieniewicz in the head after the referee indicated he planned to eject the man from the game. Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad of Dearborn was arraigned Monday on a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm. The Wayne County prosecutor's office said the charges would be reviewed and possibly amended when it had the necessary documentation.

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26.06.2014
NEW Human Kinetics Book of the Season Now Available

High-Performance Training for Sports presents today’s best athlete conditioning protocols and programs in the world. An elite group of international strength and conditioning specialists and sport physiotherapists explain and demonstrate the most effective applications of the most current sport science and sports medicine to enhance athletic performance. To see more click here
 
Order now and get your Partners-only special through HKCanada. Another great iPartner benefit brought to you by Sports Officials Canada.  To access the order codes, just sign in and go to the "Members Benefits" section.  Not an individual partner (member)?  Sign up today and access all of the great iPartner benefits.

24.06.2014
Speed Skating Canada announces 2014 Annual Award Winners

Ottawa – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to name its 2014 annual award winners which were announced last weekend at its Awards Reception, in Ottawa, Ontario, during its Annual General Meeting.
 
SOC would like to congratulate it's Hall of Fame members - Michel Verrault, Jim McClements and Sandra Chenard - on their awards from Speed Skating Canada this past weekend.  Congratulations as well, to Michel Dumont (Trois-Rivières, QC) who was given the Officials Award of Excellence.
 
John Hurdis Outstanding Volunteer Award:  Jim McClements (Saskatoon, SK)
Presented to a Speed Skating Canada member(s), whose outstanding service as a volunteer within SSC has resulted in a significant contribution to the advancement of speed skating at the national and/or international level, in a capacity such as, but not limited to committee members, competition and event planning, sport builder any other similar involvement.

Jean Grenier Award:  Sandra Chenard (Ottawa, ON)
Presented to an outstanding volunteer, either member or non-member of Speed Skating Canada, who has contributed to the betterment of the sport. He/she is an unsung hero who works/worked tirelessly on our behalf in capacities similar, but not limited to competition and event planning, meetings and clinic planning, and any other long-term initiative deemed outstanding by our membership and selection committee.
 
René Marleau Official of the Year Award:  Michel Verrault (Québec, QC)
Presented to any Speed Skating Canada official who has demonstrated meaningful, long term involvement with a club, region, branch, or the national association based on the criteria in the nomination form.

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17.06.2014
Shades of Summer is Back for all SOC iPartners

Shades of Summer is back from the Westmont Hospitality Group!  Book a two night stay at participating hotels and receive 25% off your second night, book three nights and get 50% of the third.  Some also offer a free breakfast for two and free parking. Hotels include selected Holiday Inns, Deltas, Radissons, Hiltons, Travel Lodge, Comfort Inn and more.  This promo will run  from June 16th until September 2nd 2014. 
 
For the link to the promo flyers with all the details, just log in and go to the Members Benefits section of this website.  Not an SOC iPartner?  Join now and take advantage of these great Summer Promotions.

10.06.2014
Sports Officials Canada Announces 2014 Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees

OTTAWA — Sports Officials Canada announced today that Figure Skating judge Beth Crane of Burnaby, B.C. and Athletics official Dennis Beerling of Saskatoon, SK have been named Canada’s top female and male officials, winning the 2014 SOC Awards of Excellence.  They are two of a slate of 4 winners announced by Sports Officials Canada for its annual awards and Hall of Fame inductions. They are joined by Wayne Pomario of Vancouver, BC from Cycling in the Builder Category and NHL hockey referee Don Van Massenhoven of Strathroy, ON for the Ron Foxcroft Award for Professionals.
 
....The awards will be presented on Saturday September 27, 2014 at the Sports Officials Canada Hall of Fame Dinner, being held in conjunction with their annual conference at the Delta Ottawa City Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
 

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