Regattas could not run without umpires. All Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Licensed Umpires undertake training to ensure that racing is fair and safe for all competitors. The training, development and licensing of umpires is overseen by the RCA Umpires Committee. The Committee’s mandate is to promote umpiring, standardize and improve the quality of umpiring, coordinate the selection of juries for Canadian national regattas and to train and nominate Canadian umpires to FISA’s International Juries. 

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RCA Umpires Development Program
Rowing Canada Aviron(RCA) recognizes that development opportunities across the country are vital for continuous development and retention of umpires. The Rowing Canada Aviron Umpires Development Program has been established for 2018.

A maximum of $3,000.00 this year will be allocated to assist umpires to attend regattas to gain additional experience outside of their local club.

Umpires interested in participating in the RCA Umpire Development Program should send an expression of interest directly to his/her Provincial umpires committee (or representative). For more information click here.
Spring Regatta Season (May - June) - April 18
Summer/Fall Regatta Season (July - Nov) - May 18

NTO Opportunity
Rowing Canada is pleased to provide an opportunity for umpires from your province to be selected as a National Technical Official (NTO) supporting the FISA Jury for the 2018 FISA Coastal Championships, held on October 11-14, 2018 in Sidney, British Columbia.
For more information, click here.

Umpiring Education Program
RCA is proud to announce the new Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 RCA Umpiring Education Program for Canada. The Program will improve access to the cadre of umpires and will improve the consistency and quality of umpiring across Canada. The program, available in English and French, presents a clear umpire pathway providing similar support and education offered to athletes and coaches. For full announcement, please click here.

The program has been revamped and includes the creation of a five-tier structure, the establishment of the training frameworks and the development of the curriculum for each level. The first three levels now include a formalized presentation of updated material, a supervised practical training program and a final evaluation. Each candidate will have consistent mentoring throughout their training lasting up to three years.

To learn more about the RCA Umpiring Education Program, contact your Provincial Rowing Association or Rowing Canada Aviron.

Registration and Insurance
All Associate and Licensed Umpires are required to be registered and in good standing with their respective PRA and with RCA. Licensed Umpires can create an account in the RCA Web Registration System (WRS) and then register as an umpire in the WRS by their respective PRA. Associate and Licensed Umpires are covered by RCA’s comprehensive liability insurance program. For further information on RCA Insurance.

Information on Umpire clothing can be found here.

Umpires Categories
Umpires can progress through five levels, Associate Umpire, Umpires, Chief Umpire and International Umpire. 

Associate Umpire:  an individual who has participated in an umpire “clinic”. The clinic content and teaching methodology is set by the RCA Umpires Committee and the clinics are delivered by the PRAs. An individual is not required to have a rowing background to become an umpire. A person is referred to as an Associate Umpire after attending a clinic and can immediately start his or her apprenticeship at RCA sanctioned regattas under the tutelage of Licensed Umpires. The primary education tool for associate umpires is the RCA Rules of Racing that can be downloaded here.

Umpire (Licensed): an Associate Umpire who has passed a written and practical exam after a set period of training. Candidates who pass the exam are issued an RCA Umpire’s Licence. An Umpire will fill many roles at a regatta, including starter, on-water umpire, control commission umpire and finish judge. There are requirements to maintain a licence including attending an umpire seminar once every three years.

Chief Umpire: after three years of serving as an Umpire, a person can take a Chief Umpire (CU) course and then be eligible to fill the role of Chief Umpire at a regatta.

Clinician: a Clinician conducts Umpire clinics, Chief Umpire clinics and Umpire exams as well as Umpire seminars and evaluations. Chief Umpires are nominated by their PRA and are eligible to become Clinicians.

International Umpire: an International Umpire is an umpire who has passed the FISA Umpire written and practical examinations. FISA Umpires are eligible to be appointed to the juries of the World Cup series, World Championships, and Olympic and Paralympic regattas.