The Level 1 Officials Clinic is designed for any participant to come away with a basic knowledge of short track and long track speed skating. Learn about the role of each official and what that official position does within a competition. Completion of this clinic and practicum requirements will allow the participant to apply for Level 1 Certification.
Content of the clinic will include interactive videos that will demonstrate:
Intermediate knowledge of officiating including officiating at non-sanctioned local, sanctioned regional/provincial, and sanctioned national competitions
Advanced knowledge of officiating including officiating at sanctioned provincial/national competitions
The officials accreditation system used in speed skating is jointly administered by BC Speed Skating (Level 1-2) and Speed Skating Canada (Level 3-5). Certification includes five (5) levels for referees and three (3) levels for competition stewards, meet coordinators, timers, finish line judges, announcers, and recorders.
All officials have a place to participate in running a competition. BC Speed Skating recognizes community sport officials such as young officials to provincial officials.
Most officials will start their officiating journey as a club volunteer (no formal training required), being informally mentored by a Certified Official in one of many positions: referee, starter, meet coordinator/competitors steward, recorder, timer, place judge, lap counter, heat box steward (clerk of the course), announcer, track steward, and other volunteer roles (runner, water buckets, gatekeeper, hospitality etc.).