The Provincial Referee course is an entry level referee education program into the National competition program. People entering this course must have water polo experience as a player, coach, or Regional Referee. Referees are expected to already possess knowledge of the basic rules of water polo. The Provincial Referee course is designed for athletes Competitive Foundations (male 12-16 and female 11-15), Training to Compete (male 16-19+/- and female 15-18+/-), and the Active for Life (15+) pathways. The Provincial Referee will be officiating a wide variety of experienced athletes and coaches at the Provincial and National levels.
The Provincial Referee involves training in the advanced rules of water polo. The Provincial Referee is taught to apply age appropriate FINA rules based on the growth and development principles, and the purpose of competition, of the stage of development of LTAD. The Provincial Referee will be considered “trained” after completion of a training workshop, which involves theory and practical training. Once the referee completes the training workshop, he/she must complete the evaluation process in order to receive the status of “certified”. Evaluation requires the completion of an online exam, 30 hours of refereeing (scrimmages or games), and 6 evaluations. Professional Development is encouraged at this level, and referees will be required to maintain their certification every 2 years by remaining active.