How to Become a Referee
Know the Rules
Read the current edition of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Polo Rules. A referee should also complete the ICF Canoe Polo Online Referee course which is a useful tool on the rules.
Attending a referee course is invaluable. At these courses an experienced referee will take you through the current ICF canoe polo rules and answer any questions you may have. If you are an individual/club and are interested in attending, or hosting, a canoe polo referee course please contact: email@example.com.
In order to become a trainee referee you must attain 75% in the Irish National Canoe Polo Referee Examination. The examination is in paper format and consists of 50 multiple choice questions relating to the current edition of the ICF Canoe Polo Rules. Aspiring referees can sit the examinations on completion of a referee course or at designated competitions.
Practice and Shadowing
A referee has to be shadowed by a qualified referee in order to be assessed to become a referee. Shadowing is were a referee sits on your shoulders and advices you on the calls that are made during a game.
Try to get as much practice in as you can by refereeing game at any tournament, or even at your own training sessions.
Read an refer to the rules continuously. if you have nay queries relating to rules contact the refereeing officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assessment in Situ
In order to move up in the national grading you must be assessed by a Grade 1 referee during a game. This is a practical assessment and as such there is no percentage mark, but is at the discretion of the Referee doing the assessment. It is not scheduled, and will be conducted during the relevant competition whilst the practicing referee is refereeing a game. These assessments can occur during any competition.
Grade 1 Referees continuously observe and assess Grade 2,3 & trainee referees. The Grade 1 referee may increase/decrease these grades at their own discretion. All Grade 3 and trainee referees will be required to re-sit the Irish referee examination every 2 years (from the date of their first test). the pass rate for the written examination is 75%.
Irish National Referee Grading
The following definitions are a guideline only. Each definition refers to the standard of referee required for games in National Competitions, and includes the maximum level game standard that can be refereed.
Referee duties/grades are at the discretion of the senior (G1) referee
Grade 1 (G1) can referee:
all games in all divisions in all competitions
Grade 2 (G2) can referee:
up to & including final in Division 3
up to & including final in Division 2
up to & including semi-finals in Division 1
Grade 3 (G3) can referee
league games in Division 2
up to & including semi-finals in Division 3
Obtained a minimum of 75% in the Irish National Referee Exam
Can referee league games in Division 3