Training for umpires

Curling Canada has implemented a National Umpire Certification Program. Standard guidelines for the training and development of curling umpires capable of officiating at provincial or national championships have been established.

Umpires are currently classified according to their certification level and their role during championships.

The only fees applied for the umpire courses are the Curling Canada’s Certification fees (20$ taxes included).

Umpires Level 1 and 2 are chosen by the Host committee of the events. The head umpire of the event/championship is responsible for offering the courses in question. For umpires Level 3, 4 and 5, with Curling Canada’s agreement, Curling Québec chooses the umpires who are ready to receive a higher level of knowledge and will arrange the training sessions.

 

For more information, contact Curling Québec at 514-252-3088 or by email at info@curling-quebec.qc.ca.

TIME CLOCK OPERATOR/OBSERVER OFFICIAL (PREVIOUSLY LEVEL 1)

Role: Time Clock Operators, Game Observers

Prerequisites to obtain certification:

  • Complete registration and submit to your Curling Canada Member Association
  • Complete the self-taught Time Clock Operator Course
  • Complete the self-taught Observer Course
  • Complete the practical requirement of a minimum of six games of officiating experience under the supervision of a Level 3, 4 or 5 Chief Umpire at a Curling Canada Member Association or Curling Canada Canadian championship and receive a positive evaluation. Submit the completed Time Clock Operator/Observer practical form to your Curling Canada Member Association.

CURLING CANADA MEMBER ASSOCIATION GAME UMPIRE (PREVIOUSLY LEVEL 2)

Role: Game Umpire at the Provincial level

Prerequisites to obtain certification:

  • Game Time Clock Operator/Observer Certification
  • Attend a Game Umpire Training Course (contact your Member Association for dates and location of upcoming courses)
  • Complete and pass the Game Umpire exam (open book); 70% required
  • Complete the practical requirement of a minimum of six games total of game umpire experience at two Curling Canada Member Association championships under the supervision of Level 3, 4 or 5 Chief Umpires and receive positive evaluations

LEVEL 3 UMPIRE – CURLING CANADA MEMBER ASSOCIATION CHIEF UMPIRE

Role: Head Umpire at the Provincial level

Prerequisites to obtain certification:

  • Game Umpire Certification
  • Serve as Deputy Chief Umpire at a minimum of one Curling Canada Member Association Championship
  • Serve as Chief Umpire at a minimum of one Curling Canada Member Association Championship
  • Receive positive evaluations from the Curling Canada Member Association Championship Committee Chair or Association and a recommendation from a recognized Curling Canada Member Association Chief Umpire

LEVEL 4 UMPIRE – NATIONAL GAME UMPIRE, DEPUTY CHIEF UMPIRE & CHIEF UMPIRE

Role: National Game Umpire / Deputy Chief Umpire / National Chief Umpire

Prerequisites to obtain certification:

  • Level 3 Certification
  • Recommended to Curling Canada by a Curling Canada Member Association
  • Serve as Game Umpire at minimum of two Curling Canada arena-based championships and receive positive evaluations from the Chief Umpires

LEVEL 5 UMPIRE – NATIONAL CHIEF UMPIRE

Role: National Chief Umpire

Prerequisites to obtain certification:

  • Level 4 Certification
  • Serve as Chief Umpire at a minimum of two Curling Canada arena-based championships and receive positive evaluations from the Director, Championship Services.