General Information

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.

Tech A

Tech B

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Official 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.

Rule Changes

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