Become an RCA Umpire

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.

Umpiring in Canada is controlled by the Umpire Committee (UC) of Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA), who set the framework for umpiring across the country. The RCA UC is also responsible for the education of umpires.

The current umpire structure is as follows:

  • Has taken the Level 1 clinic;
  • Provides support to the jury at regattas in a mentored role;
  • Decides when ready to move on to Level 2
  • Has taken the Level 2 clinic;
  • Participates in juries at regattas in a mentored role;
  • Decides, typically in consultation with a clinician, when they are ready to challenge the exam.
  • Has passed the exam;
  • Must attend a seminar at least once every three years to retain their licence;
  • Is to be evaluated by a clinician every three years;
  • Is eligible to travel to out-of-province regattas.
  • Has attended the Chief Umpire clinic.
  • Has been appointed a clinician by the RCA UC;
  • Has attended the clinician training workshop.
  • Has been approved by the province and RCA to challenge the FISA Umpire exam;
  • Has passed the FISA Umpire exam;
  • Has maintained their RCA umpire licence.
  • Note that possession of a FISA licence does not automatically make the individual a Level 4 Clinician.

Anyone can become an umpire! There is no minimum age to take the Level 1 clinic and become an Assistant Umpire. Participants must be 21 years old in order to take the Level 2 exam.

To start your journey to becoming an RCA Umpire, check the events tab for upcoming workshops, or contact the Rowing BC Umpire Committee to express interest and set up a workshop.

Curious to know more? Read the Rowing BC Associate Umpire Handbook (.pdf) – updated January 2018