Welcome to the Umpire Page!
Umpiring is an important aspect to the sport of rowing. Umpires ensure regattas are held in a safe and fair manner. They are ambassadors for the sport between athletes, coaches and spectators. Umpires have the opportunity to travel to regattas in different cities, provinces and even other countries.
There are 35 fully certified umpires and 20 associate umpires at this time in British Columbia. Several of these umpires are FISA qualified and have been to the World Championships and Olympics. Being an umpire gives you the best view at any regatta site; there is nothing more exciting than watching a race come down the course at full speed and seeing every change and tactic that the crews make. Many of the umpires have been parents at regattas that wanted to get involved in the sport to give back, others are athletes that have retired and still want to be involved and some are coaches that wanted to see a different side of the sport and help out from another angle.
Your Umpire Committee consists of Mike Bagshawe (Chair), Malcolm Fletcher, Ge-An Rijniersce, Peter Sage, Gordon Sund, and Wayne van Osterhout. If you have any questions about umpiring in British Columbia or would like to become an umpire, you can contact the Umpire committee at email@example.com.
The weather in Canada can change at a moments notice so RCA has developed a Weather Protocol to ensure the safety of everyone on the water.
To ensure effective radio communication it is important to have an understanding of radio protocol. Learn more:
Are you interested in joining the umpire community? We would be happy to welcome you to the umpiring family! Rowing BC is committed to promoting the growth of the umpiring community, and will provide umpire training whenever there is a demand from interested persons. For more information, contact the VP Competition and Risk.
The Rules of Racing state the following:
11.9 Umpire Attire
Rowing Canada carries shirts, ties and hats for umpires
International Referee Information