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Water Polo Canada uses the Officials Training and Certification Program (OTCP) as its officials’ education and development tool. Officials include both referees and minor officials.

The Officials Training and Certification Program (OTCP) is currently undergoing an important transition. The purpose of the changes are to align the referee development system with water polo’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) pathway model and with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) for water polo. The OTCP courses and the requirements for each certification levels are now based on the LTAD philosophy of being athlete-centered, coach-driven, and administration/sport science/sponsor-supported.

Revised certification levels:
  • Regional referee = Regional “trained”
  • Provincial referee = Provincial “trained”
  • National C and National B = National “trained”
  • National A = National “certified”
  • FINA = FINA
  • FINA-R = FINA-R
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New evaluation standards highlights

  • Regional “trained” referees will eventually be required to complete 3 successful evaluations with the new tool in order to complete certification. These evaluations will occur at 12U, 14U or Masters events;
  • Provincial “trained” referees will eventually need to complete 6 successful evaluations with the new tool in order to complete certification. These evaluations will occur at 16U, 19U or Masters events;
  • National “trained” referees will eventually need to complete 6 successful evaluations with the new tool in order to complete certification. These evaluations will occur at 19U or Senior National events;
  • Only events specifically identified by WPC and the PSOs will be eligible as evaluation opportunities;
  • Only one referee can be evaluated during any given game;
  • In order to complete certification at any level, referees must be evaluated by at least 2 different evaluators;
  • Cost of evaluation will be covered by the referee waiving their usual remuneration/honoraria for the game during which the evaluation will take place.
National Championship standards - a gradual approach

The full implementation of the new OTCP is planned for September 2014, along with the recently announced new National League. There is no absolute need to complete certification this year, however the next few months represent a great opportunity to get ahead of the process. In order to allow the complete transition to take place, Water Polo Canada will not be enforcing “certified” status requirement for National events for another couple years. But by being aware of the changes coming up, officials can immediately and proactively engage in the transition process and take advantage of existing opportunities to start their evaluations as early as March 2014.

See list of certified Referee Developers

Do not hesitate to contact your Water Polo Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) for more information.

Here is the “new” competency-based OTCP model that is now based on LTAD. Please click here to download the diagram below in PDF format.

 
 
 

 


 
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