Officiating

Would you be interested in officiating at curling events?  It’s a great way to be involved in the game and can lead to rewarding experiences!  These are volunteer positions and training courses are offered throughout the province for Level 1 and Level 2 officials/umpires.

Curling Alberta is pleased to announce that Brenda Rogers, a Curling Canada / World Curling Federation Level 5 Chief Umpire, will be the Head of Officials for Curling Alberta for the 2020-’21 season.  We have also appointed three Officials Coordinators (listed below) who are spread geographically within our boundaries.

The officiating team has reached out to our officials via email in September to see who is available for each of our Curling Alberta playdowns. This request contains a ‘Survey Monkey’ to be completed, please contact Brenda if you did not receive an email and you wish to be listed as an ‘active official’.  Once that information is gathered, it will be shared with the Coordinators to assign Chief Umpires to qualifying events. Brenda Rogers will be responsible to assign Chief Umpires to the various provincial championships.

Please feel free to contact any member of the officiating leadership team if you have any questions in regards to rules and officiating.

Brenda Rogers, Head Official brenda.rogers@curlingalberta.ca

Cheryl Minns (Edmonton, cheryl.minns@curlingalberta.ca)

Paul Wagner (Calgary, paul.wagner@curlingalberta.ca)

Christina Wards (Dawson Creek, christina.wards@curlingalberta.ca

Curling Canada recognizes the need to develop and implement a National Curling Officials Certification Program.  The objective is to establish standard guidelines for the training and development of curling umpires who will be capable of officiating at regional, provincial/territorial or national championships.

Curling Canada has recently updated their website and has a tremendous amount of information and videos in regards to all levels of officiating.  Even if you are a certified umpire, you may find a lot of value in reviewing this website for more information regarding measuring LSDs and various. Go to https://www.curling.ca/officials-and-umpires/ for more information.

Curling Canada Officiating Structure

TIME CLOCK OPERATOR/GAME OBSERVER (Previously LEVEL 1):

  • This is now an ONLINE COURSE with NO REGISTRATION FEE.
  • Click HERE for the Time Clock Operator Training Manual
  • Click HERE for the Observer Training Manual
  • Requirements: submit the Time Clock Operator/Game Observer registration form (found HERE) to Jason Ginter at jason.ginter@curlingalberta.ca
  • Practical Requirements: must serve as Time Clock Operator or Observer at a Provincial or National championship for a minimum of 6 games under the direction of a certified Chief Umpire Level 3 or higher. (Practical component form can be found below)

GAME UMPIRE (Previously LEVEL 2):

  • Requirements:  Certified Time Clock Operator/Observer
  • Attend a Game Umpire technical course, pass an open book officiating exam (70% required).
  • Courses are offered throughout the province with a Level 3 or higher instructor, please check the schedule link below and register online or through Jason Ginter. 
  • Practical Requirements: must serve as a Game Umpire and/or Chief Timer at a Provincial Championship for a minimum of 6 games under the direction of a certified Chief Umpire Level 3 or higher. (Practical component form can be found below)
  • Course fee is $50 and includes a rule book and ice access

Practical Component Form:

You will be provided with a practical component form when you register for a course. It is your responsibility to have this filled and out and signed by the chief umpire at the event you worked.  When you have completed the required six (6) games, you can submit the form to the Curling Alberta office (Jason Ginter – jason.ginter@curlingalberta.ca), who will in turn forward a copy to Curling Canada. The Umpire will be entered into the provincial database and registered in the National Database at Curling Canada.

  • Click HERE for the Practical Component Form.

LEVEL 3: Curling Albera Chief Umpire

  • Requirements: Certified level 2 Game Umpire
  • Receive their certification by successfully acting as a Deputy Chief Umpire and later as a Chief Umpire at a minimum of two provincial event(s) and receiving a positive evaluation of their performance by a Certified Level 3 Umpire. The recommendation for the Level 3 certification comes from a recommendation by Curling Alberta and is then submitted to Curling Canada.

LEVEL 4: National Game Umpire, Deputy Chief Umpire, & Chief Umpire CERTIFICATION 

  • Requirements: Certified Level 3 Umpire
  • Recommended to Curling Canada by Curling Alberta Head of Officials
  • Serve as a Game Umpire at two Curling Canada arena events and receive a positive evaluation from the Chief Umpire(s)

LEVEL 5: National Chief Umpire

  • Requirements: Certified Level 4 National Umpire
  • Serve as a Chief Umpire at two Curling Canada arena events and receive a positive evaluation from the Director, Championship Services for Curling Canada

Please check here for a list of dates and locations of Game Umpire Courses in the Curling Alberta region.

It is very important that you submit your registration forms to Curling Alberta to ensure your inclusion in the certification program.  Curling Alberta will share your information with Curling Canada and you will receive confirmation of your certification from Curling Canada usually by the end of the current season or beginning of the following season.

If you are interested in becoming involved as an umpire, timer or volunteer at a Curling Alberta sanctioned event please email info@curlingalberta.ca. The list of sanctioned events can be found here.

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