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.
Officiating is different in every sport, so the process and qualifications to become an official varies. Know which sport you want to officiate? The best way to get started is by connecting with your Provincial Sport Organization (PSO). Find your PSO by visiting our partners page.
For example, want to ref basketball? Contact Basketball Manitoba. Want to become a commissaire for cycling? Contact Cycling Manitoba. Want to become a rowing umpire? Contact Manitoba Rowing Association.
Most courses for officials have a small fee. If you need financial assistance to take your courses, apply for our Coach or Official Assistance Grant.
Think of where you see officials – at league games, tournaments, provincial and national competitions. At a national swim meet, for example, dozens of officials are needed to fulfill roles as timekeepers, inspectors of turns, and judges of stroke. Sport needs officials – and lots of them.
Officials ensure the event unfolds with fairness and integrity, which are fundamental to a positive sport experience.
Over the years, a culture of maltreatment toward officials became the norm. We see it in movies and in real life on a regular basis. However, maltreatment toward officials for simply doing their job is harmful to sport as a whole.
In June of 2022, The Athletic released an article about a referee ‘crisis’ for Canadian soccer, as just under 60% of officials returned to the pitch post-pandemic, and the same article noted Hockey Canada is seeing similar numbers.
No Ref, No Game focuses on two key messages for the sport community:
You can help support a thriving sport system by being respectful toward existing officials or getting trained to be an official yourself.
Athlete-Referee Talk Giving Back to the Sport of Judo
Rowing Umpires: The Best Seat in the House
A Rewarding Way to Give Back as a Cycling Official
The Significance of Mentorship
How We Talk to Officials Carries Weight
Conquering Challenges That May Come with Being an Official
No Ump No Game
No Ref No Game – Campaign Launch
No Ref No Game | True Sport Pur – Digital Toolkit
No Ref No Game – Winnipeg Free Press
New campaign from Sport Manitoba seeks to bolster respect toward officials – CBC
No Ref, No Game – City News
Sport Manitoba Is Looking Out For Officials – Portage Online
Sport Manitoba launches new campaign to support referees – CTV News