Officials are vital to a thriving sport community

We help connect officials to their provincial sport organizations for training, provide grants and scholarships for financial assistance, and advocate for the positive treatment of officials across Manitoba.

No Ref, No Game

The #NoRefNoGame campaign was developed alongside a workshop where we explored the ways a collaborative commitment to bringing the True Sport Principles to life could address the declining participation of officials due to increasing incidents of maltreatment. Sport Manitoba hosted this workshop in the fall of 2019 for more than 60 officials from different sports.

The Manitoba Action Plan for Sport (MAPS) is a five-year strategic plan outlining focus areas for funding, development, and sustainability of sport programs. In the 2020-2025 plan, the focus areas are Athlete Development, Sport Culture, and Value of Sport and one of the key threads within all three areas is the recruitment, training, mentorship, and retention of officials.

Sport Manitoba is bringing True Sport to life by developing plans that foster fair, safe, inclusive, and fun sport experiences to instill character in our kids, strengthen our communities, and increase opportunities for personal excellence. Without referees, officials, and umpires, there would be no games.

Today, No Ref, No Game, celebrates officials, advocates for a positive officiating experience in sport, and encourages more Manitobans to become officials and give back to the sport they love. 

Become an Official


Officiating is an excellent way for sport enthusiasts, former athletes and coaches to stay active and involved in a sport. Connect with a provincial sport organization to start your training to be an official. 

Resources and Recogition

Funding for officials

Sport Manitoba has multiple grants and scholarships available for officials across the province. We want to ensure all officials have the resources to be able to thrive within the sport community.

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