There are five levels of officials within the sport of ringette. Level 5 is reserved for national level officials and are under the sole jurisdiction of the Ringette Canada Officiating Committee.
Level 1 Officials – Officiate within their local association, are assigned games, are evaluated and certified within the local association by their Referee-in-Chief. A Level 1 Official must attend a Level 1 clinic.
Level 2 Officials – Officiate at inter-association competitions, regional playdowns, Provincials and similar events at the “B” level of play. A Level 2 Official must have received two evaluations recommending upgrade by Provincial Evaluators, as well as having taken and passed the Level 2/3 clinic. Attendance at a Refresher clinic is required once every rule change year.
Level 3 Officials – Officiate in competitions and events similar to those worked by Level 2 officials but generally at a higher level of play (ie. “A”). Upgrade from Level 2 to 3 requires a minimum of three evaluations by Provincial Evaluators recommending the same. Attendance at a Refresher clinic is required once every rule change year.
Level 4 Officials – Officiate in territorial championships. The official must receive four evaluations (including a tournament final game) from at least two different officiating evaluators to be upgraded from a Level 3 to a level 4. As well there is a Level 4 clinic that must be taken prior to upgrade. Attendance at a Refresher clinic is required once every rule change year.
Categories of Certification within Levels
C Officiate games in U12 and younger age groups
B Officiate games in U16 and younger age groups
A Officiate games in all age groups
For more information on Levels and Certification, please visit the Officiating Ringette Canada site.