Referee Structure

This section outlines the structure of the referee system adopted by South African Canoe Polo.

National Chief Referee: 

  • Must be a current Grade 1 Referee
  • Liaise with the Provincial Referee Assessors and support in the provision of training and support.
  • Oversee the compilation of the Referee courses and exams.
  • Manage the national database
  • Liaise with national tournament organises in appointing referees for tournaments
  • Liaise with the ICF Chief Referee
  • Stay up to date with all rule changes and developments
  • Report to National Committee

Provincial Chief Referee:

  • Must be a current Grade 1 Referee
  • Manage referees within their respective province
  • Provide support to referees within their respective province
  • Liaise with provincial/club tournament organises in appointing referees for tournaments
  • Run courses and exams within their province
  • Manage reassessments within their respective province
  • Liaise with National Chief Referee

Referee Qualifications

The following lists the qualifications a referee may hold and the types of games that referee is able to officiate.

There are six (6) grades a referee may obtain:

Grade 3T

  • Has passed the Grade 2 & 3 Referee Exam at the Grade 3 level.
  • Games qualified to officiate
    • All Local League Games
    • Pool Games at a Provincial Championship level
    • Second Referee at Provincial Finals.

Grade 3

  • Has passed the Grade 2 & 3 Referee Exam at the Grade 3 level.
  • Passed an assessment at the required standard as outlined in the Referee Assessment section of this document
  • Games qualified to officiate
    • As per Grade 3T Referees

Additional:

  • Pool Games at a National Championship/Tournament/League.

Grade 2T

  • Has passed the Grade 2 & 3 Referee Exam at the Grade 2 level.
  • Games qualified to officiate
    • As per Grade 3 Referees

Grade 2

  • Has passed the Grade 2 & 3 Referee Exam at the Grade 2 level.
  • Passed an assessment at the required standard as outlined in the Referee Assessment section of this document
  • Games qualified to officiate
    • As per Grade 2T Referees

Additional:

  • Second Referee at National Finals.

Grade 1T

  • Has passed the Grade 1 Referee Exam.
  • Games qualified to officiate
    • As per Grade 2 Referees

Additional:

  • Referee at National Finals.

Grade 1

  • Has passed the Grade 1 Referee Exam.
  • Passed an assessment at the required standard as outlined in the Referee Assessment section of this document
  • Games qualified to officiate
    • As per Grade 1T Referees

Referee Courses

The Canoe Polo committee will run two referee courses each year. The location of these courses will be rotated between Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal. If a request for an additional Referees Course is received for a province not listed above all options will be looked at to ensure this can be fulfilled.  Any additional referee courses must be run by the regional committees or clubs – if you wish to run or host a referee courses please contact your regions committee who will be able to advise in local course leaders.

Referee Exam

In order to become a referee each candidate will be required to pass an exam at the required level of the grade they wish to achieve. The following outlines the policy around the exams

Grade 2 & 3 Exam

  • A candidate may write an exam with out the need to attend a Grade 2 & 3 Course. It is however highly recommended that they do so to ensure a fuller understanding of the rules.
  • Once a candidate has passed the exam they will be required to be assessed within a year of the date of the exam. This period will be referred to as their “Probationary Period”

Grade 1 Exam

  • A candidate may only write an exam after they have attended a Grade 1 Course.
  • Once a candidate has passed the exam they will be required to be assessed within a year of the date of the exam. This period will be referred to as their “Probationary Period”

Referee Assessments

The following outlines the requirements of a Referee Assessment.

  • Referees may only be assessed if they have passed the exam for the level they wish to be assessed for and they are within their Probationary Period.
  • All Referees will be required to undertake a practical assessment of their officiating at a tournament and during three (3) games of the required level for their grade.
  • A candidate will not be passed at the assessment if the games are not of an adequate standard as deemed fit by the Assessor
  • The assessor might deem it unnecessary for the candidate to be assessed over all three (3) games if the candidate has met all the requirements for them to pass the assessment prior to the third game.
  • The following outline the categories a candidate will be assessed on
    • Organisation prior to game
    • Overall control of the game
    • Leading & Trailing
    • Rule interpretations
    • Fairness
    • Appropriate sanctions
    • Use of whistle
    • Dress
    • Quality of the game
    • Handling of Illegal play
    • Use of advantage

Grade 3 Assessments

  • A candidate who has passed the exam at a Grade 3 level can only be assessed at the Grade 3 level
  • If the Assessor feels that they are not at the required standard of a Grade 3 Referee they will not be passed. They will however be allowed to retake the Assessment so long as this occurs within their Probationary Period.
  • Candidates must achieve above average rating in ten (8) of the twelve (12) categories in order to pass.

Grade 2 Assessments

  • A candidate who has passed the exam at a Grade 2 level can be assessed at the Grade 3 level if the Assessor feels that they are not at the required standard of a Grade 2 Referee.
  • If the Assessor feels that they are not at the required standard of a Grade 3 Referee they will not be passed. They will however be allowed to retake the Assessment so long as this occurs within their Probationary Period.
  • A Referee may also be assessed at a Grade 2 level if they are due for their Reassessment of a Grade 3 provided they also achieve the requirement of the Reassessment process as outlined below.
  • Candidates must achieve above average rating in ten (10) of the twelve (12) categories in order to pass.

Grade 1 Assessments

  • A candidate who has passed the Grade 1 exam can only be assessed at the Grade 1 level.
  • If the Assessor feels that they are not at the required standard of a Grade 1 Referee they will not be passed. They will however be allowed to retake the Assessment so long as this occurs within their Probationary Period.
  • Candidates must achieve above average rating in ten (12) of the twelve (12) categories in order to pass.

Referee Reassessments

This section outline the requirements a Referee must meet if they are due for a Reassessment.

  • Reassessments are to be undertaking every two (2) years regardless of the grade of referee.
  • All Referees are required to answer questions regarding updates to the rules that have occurred during the previous two (2) year period.
  • All Referees will be required to undertake a practical assessment of their officiating at a tournament and during three (3) games of the required level for their grade.
  • A candidate will not be passed at the reassessment if the games are not of an adequate standard as deemed fit by the Assessor
  • The assessor might deem it unnecessary for the candidate to be assessed over all three (3) games if the candidate has met all the requirements for them to pass the reassessment prior to the third game.
  • The candidate will be reassessed on the same areas as outlined in the Referee Assessment section of this document.

Referee Assessors

The following lists the levels a referee may assess based on their qualifications.

Grade 2

  • Assess Grade 3 Referees after shadowing a qualified Assessor during an assessment process.

Grade 1T

  • Assess Grade 3 Referees after shadowing a qualified Assessor during an assessment process.

Grade 1

  • Assess Grade 2 Referees after shadowing a qualified Assessor during an assessment process.
  • Assess Grade 1 Referees after completing an Assessors course and shadowed an assessment.

Referee Code of Conduct

This section outlines what is expected of a Referee both when officiating or not.

  1. Referees are expected to officiate in an impartial and unbiased manner.
  2. Referees are expected to officiate in a calm and controlled manner.
  3. Referees should make every effort to be correctly dressed when officiating games at any level.
  4. Referees must ensure that they are familiar with the requirements of each game they are officiating. Eg. Result required, Shot Clock etc.
  5. Referees should not publicly criticise other referees in front of, or to, competing teams.
  6. Referees must remember that they are officiating to promote a safe and well disciplined game.
  7. Referees must be vigilant in the checking of equipment and prevent unsafe equipment being used. (Watches, rings and chains, friendship bands etc are not permitted).
  8. Referees should be positive, decisive and clear with their use of whistle, decisions and signals.
  9. Referees must not tolerate foul language or abusive behaviour during or between games.
  10. Referees must attempt to achieve a high standard of consistency with their decisions.
  11. Referees must position themselves using the leading and trailing system as a guide, but in positions which afford a full view of the game.
  12. Referees should be vigilant over dangerous play and play which is likely to cause friction between players.
  13. Referees must ensure accurate details are recorded of players being sent off, or misconduct details.
    1. Names of all players who are sent off, or misconduct details must be recorded and the  “Report of Send Off” form completed and sent to the Chief Referee within seven days.
    2. Incidents of serious misconduct must be reported to the Chairman or Chief Referee, completing the “Report of Send Off” form, as soon as possible after the game. Statements from witnesses, or a list of witnesses (together with addresses and phone numbers) can be entered on the reverse of the form.
  14. Referees should attempt to set a high standard example of officiating and show a professional attitude to players and officials of a lower grade.
  15. Referees should attempt to help and encourage aspiring and lower grade referees.