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NSCA Officiating Program

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The Canadian Curling Association recognizes the need to develop and implement a National Curling Umpires Certification Program. Accordingly, standard guidelines for training and development of curling umpires who will be capable of officiating at a provincial/territorial or national championship have been developed. In order to classify umpires, the following five level system is in place.


LEVEL 1 - GAME OBSERVER, TIME KEEPER AND HOGLINE UMPIRE
Requirements

  • attend the Level 1 Umpire Training Course (approx. 5 hours)
  • complete a Level 1 Officiating Exam (open book)
  • complete a minimum of 6 games of officiating experience under the supervision of a Level 3, 4 or 5 umpire and receive positive evaluation.

LEVEL 2 - PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL SUPERVISING UMPIRES
Requirements

  • have Level 1 certification
  • attend the Level 2 Umpire Training Course (approx. 8 hours)
  • complete a Level 2 Officiating Exam (open book)
  • complete the practical requirements (minimum 6 games as a supervising umpire) under the supervision of a Level 3, 4, or 5 umpire and receive a positive evaluation

LEVEL 3 - PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL HEAD UMPIRE
Requirements

  • have Level 2 Certification
  • serve as an alternate head umpire at a provincial/territorial championship
  • receive a recommendation
  • receive positive evaluations from the provincial/territorial championship committee chairmen or association and/or from a provincially recognized head umpire
  • appointment on an as needed basis by the provincial/territorial association

LEVEL 4 - NATIONAL SUPERVISING UMPIRE (national championship)
Requirements

  • have Level 3 certification
  • serve as a supervising umpire at a CCA national championship and receive a positive evaluation from the head umpire
  • receive a recommendation from the provincial/territorial association
  • appointment on an as needed basis by the CCA

LEVEL 5 - NATIONAL HEAD UMPIRE (national championship)
Requirements

  • have Level 4 certification
  • serve as a head umpire at a CCA national championship and receive a positive evaluation from the competition director and host committee representative
  • have demonstrated qualities of leadership, ability to negotiate and arbitrate and ability to effectively liaise with player, media, supervising umpires, association officials and host committees.
  • appointment on an as needed basis by the CCA

(This article is taken from the CCA Curling Club Operations Manual- Chapter F)

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