Racquetball Canada strives to provide the best referees possible at its events, and there is a systematic program to achieve this aim. Racquetball Canada provides officials for both the National Championships and Junior National Championships, as well as the National Team Selection Events. Racquetball Canada also often nominates people to referee at international racquetball events, including the World Championships, Pan American Championships and Pan American Games.
Individuals interested in becoming a Racquetball Canada certified official see the stages involved below.
Officiating Levels and Training
There are five levels in the Racquetball Canada officiating certification program:
Tech A, Tech B, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3
Officials work their way through the levels in a step-by-step manner, the education process is cumulative.
The Tech A course is offered each year the day before the beginning of both the National Championships and Junior National Championships. The other courses are available by request.
- 90-minute course usually offered in conjunction with a sanctioned tournament
- Course covers basic rules and situational analysis
- Tech A officials can referee matches at a sanctioned tournament
- All players must complete Tech A officiating training
- Clinic taught by a Level 2 Racquetball Canada official/referee
- As above plus a written exam
- For the exam, you should be completely familiar with the Racquetball Canada Rule Book, so that you can answer questions such as “What happens if a server takes too long to put the ball into play?” or “What is the call when a player’s serve hits his or her doubles partner, who is still standing in the service box?”
- Individual evaluation of you officiating a match during at a sanctioned tournament. Official must demonstrate a basic level of proficiency when officiating
- Completion of a written exam which includes knowledge of rules, visual analysis and interpretation of rule application as it pertains to court situations. The emphasis is on game situations, as proper interpretation of the rules is critical.
- Evaluation of you officiating at a National Championship or National Team Selection Event, a specific form is used to assess the official’s rule knowledge, procedures and rule application.
- You will be evaluated on your officiating of (minimally) two open-level doubles matches and two open-level singles matches. The official will be observed by two Level 3 referees.
- An accredited Level 2 referee has a one year waiting period to they practice their skills in sanctioned tournaments.
- Evaluation for level 3 occurs one year after level 2 certification. To be evaluated for Level 3 the official is observed by two Level 3 officials, in two open-level doubles matches and two open-level singles matches.
- Once certified as a Level 3 official, certification as an international official can be achieved by attending an international event and passing a written exam and officiating evaluation
- All Racquetball Canada Level 3 officials are eligible to apply for officiating positions at international events. Individuals who contribute in local and provincially sanctioned tournaments will be given primary consideration.
Officiating can be a very rewarding experience that is available to all members of Racquetball Canada.
Further information is available from your Provincial Racquetball Organization, or by contacting Racquetball Canada.
Selecting Tournament Officials for Events
Referees for the National Championships (May) and Junior National Championships (April) are selected a few months prior to each event, and submissions are solicited via a notice on the Racquetball Canada website. Level 3 Officials are eligible for selection.
Racquetball Canada also nominates qualified officials to referee at International Racquetball Federation events, including the World Championships and World Junior Championships. These officials also need to have Level 3 certification.
Past Officials – Individuals who have refereed at IRF events in the past include Kurtis Cullen, Linda Ellerington, Chris Exner, John Halko, Valari Hendrickson, James Landeryou, Tim Landeryou, Rick Mattson, Terry Nelson, Jen Saunders, Cal Smith and Dan Smith.
Rules – Tournament Play
Injury and No Show Protocol
What happens if a player forfeits at match either through injury during the match, or by the player’s discretion prior to the match starting?
- Once a match has started and a player gets injured, this should be recorded as a injury default loss. This match will be included in the player’s ranking history as an injury default.
- A match that is not played and hasn’t started for any reason (injury or anything else) should be entered as a no show and won’t be counted in the ranking.
- It is the tournament director’s decision as to whether a player who defaults a match due to an injury or no show, can continue to play in future matches in the tournament.
Round Robin Rules
What happens when there is a tie in a division using a round robin format (i.e., every player plays every other player)? Find out via Racquetball Canada’s Round Robin Rules.
Racquetball Canada Rules
The Racquetball Canada Official Rule Book is used for all sanctioned tournaments in Canada, especially the Racquetball Canada National Championships, Junior National Championships and National Team Selection Events.
Racquetball Canada rules are updated every two years (even years). Requests for rule changes must be submitted to Racquetball Canada prior to August 30 of the rule change year in order to be considered. Requests should be submitted in writing to the Racquetball Canada Office.