Officials Development

Water Polo West is committed to creating an environment that encourages, develops, and retains referees across British Columbia. 

 

Water Polo West Officials Development Program

  • Connect with a community of officials to learn, and share experiences. 

  • Provide mentorship to build confidence. 

  • Coordinate evaluations to support the training and certification process. 

WPW Community Referee:

We have developed an opportunity for participants interested in becoming an official to learn more about the rules of the game, what it's like to be a referee, and gain experience with our Splashball, 11U, and 13U events.

If you are interested, click here to e-mail Christina (Sport Development Coordinator) expressing your interest in learning more about becoming a Community Referee! Feel free to submit any questions you might have. 

The following steps must be completed in order to become a Community Referee: 

  1. Complete Safe Sport Training (Free)

  2. Complete Making Head Way in Sport for Concussions (Free)

  3. Complete the FINA Water Polo Rules Open Course (Free)

  4. Join the Water Polo West Referee Network on Slack

Water Polo Canda Officials Training and Certification Program Pathways

Regional Referee:

The Regional Referee course is an entry-level referee education program in the competition stream. People entering this course should have some prior water polo experience as a player, coach, minor official, or Community Referee. The Regional Referee course is designed for athletes fourteen years or older. The type of competition for the Regional Referee is regional and provincial events.

 

Provincial Referee:

The Provincial Referee course is an entry-level referee education program in the National competition program. People entering this course must have water polo experience as a player, coach, or Regional Referee. Referees are expected to already possess knowledge of the basic rules of water polo. The Provincial Referee course is designed for athletes sixteen years or older. The Provincial Referee will be officiating a wide variety of experienced athletes and coaches at the Provincial and National levels.

National Referee:

The National Referee course also referred to as the Water Polo Canada Referee School, is the top-level training and professional development program Water Polo Canada offers to its officials. People entering this course must have water polo experience as a player, coach, or Provincial Referee or are maintaining their National Referee certification. In addition, referees are expected to already possess knowledge of the advanced and specific rules of water polo. The National Referee course is designed for athletes eighteen or older. The National Referee will be officiating a wide variety of experienced athletes and coaches at the National level.

If you are interested in learning about becoming an official or getting an evaluation in BC, please contact christina@waterpolowest.ca