WushuOntario officials ensure that the athletes and participants are abiding by the rules and playing in the spirit of the sport. They are also there to ensure that events are observed and enjoyed by all.
Benefits of being a WushuOntario Official:
-Enjoyment and satisfaction
-Development to elite level
-Potential for financial rewards
-Fitness and health
-Opportunity to travel
-Opportunity for parents, enthusiasts or partners to be involved in sport.
Officials require but are not limited to the following skills:
-Knowledge of the rules
-Understanding of the sport
-Appropriate level of fitness
-Sense of humour
-Courage and confidence.
Becoming a WushuOntario official
All you need is an interest in Martial Arts and a willingness to be involved.
Below are descriptions of each level of certification for WushuOntario Officials, as well as information on next steps after becoming a certified Official.
Level 1 “Officials First” Certification Program
The first level in the WushuOntario officials’ development program, it is designed for any person aspiring to become a wushu official. The purpose is to enable the candidate to understand and apply basic rule interpretations associated with recreation competition divisions in Taolu or Sanda. Level 1 officials are allowed and expected to officiate as a first official WushuOntario sanctioned recreational competitions and tournaments; as well as work as administration to learn the processes of timing, score keeping, marshaling and equipment handling during events.
Must be 16 years of age, or older
Must complete and pass applicable Level 1 theory exam
Must perform adequately at a practical evaluation during 1-3 initiation events.
Must attend a Certification Technical Clinic prior to participation in 3rd official event.
Must become a registered member of WushuOntario via “Officials First” program.
Must pass a Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening Check to be assigned to WushuOntario and WushuCanada competitions.
Level 2 Certification
In order to become a Level 2 Official, a candidate must have been active as a Level 1 Official for at least 5 recognized events or 50 bouts, and fulfilled all the requirements of the Officials Upgrade Program. The Level 2 Official is allowed and expected to officiate as sideline or panel judge during recreational, provincial championships and Ontario Winter Games.
Level 3 Certification
An official aspiring to be a Level 3 Official must have been active as a Level 2 Official for at least 3 recognized events and must apply for entry into the Officials Upgrade Program. The Level 3 – Official is recognized as a “senior official” and as such is allowed and expected to officiate at all competition levels in Ontario including qualifiers and National Championships held in Ontario.
Level 4 Certification
An official seeking Level 4 status must have been active as an Official for at least two years and must be recommended by the Officials Committee for entry into the Officials Upgrade Program. The Level 4 Official has the opportunity and is expected to officiate at all competition levels in Canada and is recommended to begin certification at the international level. IWuF level 1 equivalency is adapted at this level of certification.
Level 5 Certification
Level 5 Certification is the highest level attainable in the WushuOntario Officials’ Development Program. Only the top Officials from across Canada will be recommended for entry into the International Upgrade Program. Upon entry into Level 5 certification, officials must be prepared to officiate at the highest levels of Wushu throughout the province, country and world. Each year WushuOntario will recommend and subsidize its most active officials to attain, maintain and upgrade their certification under the IWuF officiating program.
So you are now a certified WushuOntario Official, how do you get assigned to officiate events?
Before you can be assigned to officiate events you will need to ensure you are on the most current officiating panel which is public record on the WushuOntario website.
To officiate international events you will need to register with WushuCanada and be certified under the IWuF. These include participation at the World Championships, University Games, World Game etc.
Note: In order to officiate in the WushuOntario events you will need to submit a Police Record Check, with Vulnerable Sector Screening to the WushuOntairo office. For details on the WushuOntario Screening Policy and how to obtain your Police Check, go to “How to attain a background check” tab.
UNIFORMS and PACKAGES
Upon registration as an Officiating Member of WushuOntario, officials will receive a welcoming letter along with digital copies of the most up to date rules and regulations. During their initial practical assessment at their first event they will receive an Officiating “Tie” along with a Passport and Badge.
Standard Officiating Uniform consists of White Dress Shirt or Blouse, Black Trousers and Black Shoes. Wearing of the “Tie” is optional for female officials. Platform/Centre referees may opt to wear a black “Bow” tie during events.
Optional Officiating Uniforms may be available if agreed upon by the Officiating committee and provided for by Organizers of sanctioned events. These may be in the form of polo or collared shirts relevant to the particular event.