In keeping with Sport Canada’s objectives to embrace the common principles that “every athlete is entitled to competent coaching” and that our athletes deserve “well run events that offer fair opportunities to all competitors, run on well maintained facilities with designs that meet the changing needs of the sport of cross country skiing”
It is important for our clubs to develop these capabilities both within their clubs and also in conjunction with our other member clubs in the province. Through a collective effort our athletes will be given the opportunity to develop sound fundamentals and test these under well run events. Sharing officials on our in-province events gives our officials an opportunity to develop their skills and be able to participate in out of province events.
Officiating and Race Course development/management represent integral components of a successful athlete and sport development system. Our sport requires well run events that offer fair opportunities to all competitors. The facilities hosting these events must be well maintained and kept up-to-date with designs that meet the changing needs of the sport of cross country skiing. Cross country skiing has many unique challenges for event organizers and by sharing ideas and information it is hoped that always the best possible solution can be obtained. A strategy is in place to run all FIS sanctioned events on FIS homologated courses as required by FIS
CCS Officials Certification
In Saskatchewan, officials are certified under the Cross Country Canada officials program. Officials certified under this program are registered with CCS and with CCC. The certification is recognized nationally and by all provincial ski associations.
The purpose of the program is to improve the experience of skiers by ensuring that all events are under the direction of knowledgeable officials working within nationally recognized standards. Club members participating in an officials certification course are eligible for MAP grants to cover expenses.
There are five levels in the certification program:
Level One: This is taught in an evening and on day classroom course. A qualifying exam is taken at the end of the day; it requires a grade of at least 60 per cent. Certified Level One officials can perform all the duties of minor and administrative officials at Olympic-style and Loppet-type competitions.
Level Two: This is taught in an evening and two-day classroom and on-course race situations. A qualifying exam is taken a few weeks after the course, it requires a grade of at least 70 per cent. Certified Level Two officials can perform all the duties of major as well as minor and administrative officials at Olympic and Loppet-type competitions. They can be a Technical Official. They can also instruct minor officials in their duties.
Level Three: At present this is taught only outside Saskatchewan at three to four day sessions. A certified Level Three official can teach levels one and two and serve as Technical Delegate for provincial level events. The qualifying exam requires a grade of at least 75 per cent.
Levels Four and Five: These are designed to train technical delegates for national and international events.
CCS subsidizes the cost for members and covers standard cost of course conductor including travel and meal expenses.
CCC Officials Registration
Please check back for registration information.
Organizing a Course in Your Community
Contact Cross Country Saskatchewan for the guide for organizing any one of the courses noted above. Remember CCS subsidizes much of the course costs and will assist in sourcing course facilitators from either within the province or will bring qualified facilitators in.