Pistol Officials Program



Outline of the SFC Pistol Officials training program

The following information is a summary of the entire official’s training program, commencing with Club Level and progressing through to National Level Certification.
The ultimate goal of the program is to ensure that each and every pistol competitor in Canada competes on an equal footing with all other competitors in the quest to become the best shooter that they are able.


POLITICAL CHART

Governing Body

Governing Committee

Officials Levels

International Sport
Organization
ISSF

International Judge
Committee
Chairperson

International
Judges

National Sport
Governing Body
SFC

National Officials
Development
Chairperson

National
Officials

Provincial Sport
Governing Body
PSGB

Provincial
Official
Coordinator

Provincial,
Club Officials







NATIONAL OFFICIALS' CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

The National Officials' Chairperson is an appointed position for a one-year term. He/she works with the representatives of the shooting disciplines as well as with a team of provincial representatives, appointed by the provincial sport organization.

The three levels to the certification process include: Theoretical, Practical, and Personality.


The SFC is responsible for the development of course conductor manuals. The SFC, under the auspices of the ISSF, is responsible for establishing rules, rule manuals and officiating guidelines to be used in conducting tournaments in Canada,. The provinces may also have some anomalies in rules in response to their own unique situations, particularly in the area of available equipment


The SFC also maintains a database of all handgun officials in Canada. A printout is periodically sent to the Provincial Officials' Coordinator for their records.


Certificates and qualification cards are issued to officials as certification is earned.




CLUB HANDGUN OFFICIAL

A Club Handgun Official is certified by the Provincial/Territorial Officials' Coordinator upon completion of an official Club Handgun Officials Clinic and upon subsequent recommendation for certification by this course conductor. Certification normally is only for the period while the official is a current member of his/her provincial association.


PROVINCIAL HANDGUN OFFICIAL

A Provincial Handgun Official is certified by the Provincial/Territorial Officials' Coordinator upon the successful completion of an official Provincial level Handgun Officials Clinic and upon subsequent recommendation for certification by the course conductor. Certification normally is only for the period while the handgun official is a current member of his/her provincial handgun association. A provincial handgun official should participate in a minimum number of handgun tournaments (see criteria for national official) to maintain accreditation. A minimum of eleven (11) points must be earned in any one calendar year for certification to continue.  Provincial handgun officials must report their handgun officiating activities to their appropriate coordinator every year to maintain accreditation.


NATIONAL HANDGUN OFFICIAL

A National Handgun Official Is certified by the National Officials' Development Committee, after successful completion of two official National level handgun officials clinics and participation in a minimum of two National Handgun Championships and upon the recommendation for certification by the Course Conductors.  A national handgun official must normally have achieved full provincial handgun official's status with at least two years of experience at this level before applying for the national handgun official's level.  However consideration will be given to the recommendations of the Provincial Officials' Coordinator. National Officials must maintain appropriate provincial and national memberships to maintain their certification. All National Officials must report their officiating activities to their appropriate coordinator every year to maintain accreditation.   





The following gradational point system will be used for reporting and monitoring the officiating activities of all senior handgun officials:

Handgun Officiating Activity

Points

A)    Acting as An Instructor At National Championships For Upgrading Officials


10

B)  Acting as The Chief Range Officer For National Championships


10

C)  Officiating At Any International Event

10

D)  Serving as Chief Statistician At National Championships

10

E)  Acting as The Chief Range Officer (CRO) For Regional Or  Provincial Championships


 8

F)  Acting as The Statistician For National. Regional, Or Provincial Championships


 8

G)  Acting as A Range Officer At A National, Regional Or Provincial Championship   


 8

H)  Acting as An Assistant Range Officer At Any Championship   

 6

I)   Acting as A Judge Or Jury Member At Any Championship

 6

J)  Acting as A Range Officer At A Club Activity                

 5



A minimum of twenty (20) points must be earned in three consecutive calendar years for certification to continue. Annual points may be accumulated as a result of officiating in one or more Handgun Discipline. Officials will be subject to an annual review by the NODC.

Members of the NODC shall be nationally certified or have discipline equivalence and be currently practicing as a National or International Handgun Official or equivalent in at least one handgun discipline. Exceptions will be submitted for consideration by the Executive Committee.  The NODC shall extend its mandate to include a representative, or designate, from the non-Olympic disciplines [Black Powder, Combat Pistol (PPC\ International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), International Handgun Metallic Silhouette (THMSA), and Metallic Silhouette.

Members of the NODC are appointed for a period of one year by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee, acting for the Board. When there is a Canadian representative on the ISSF. Judges committee, that person will be a voting member of the committee. The Chairperson shall be appointed by the Board of Directors. The Technical Director of the SFC shall act as ex-officio to the National Officials Development committee.



The National Officials Development Committee is responsible for:

1.Developing programs for training, examining and qualifying officials in all active handgun disciplines at the National level and assisting the Provinces/Territories in developing their system for certification at Club and Provincial levels.


2.     Developing training manuals, lesson plans, training aids and printed material for use by handgun officials training course Instructors as required.

3.Establishing a cadre of instructors to conduct national and International level handgun officials training courses.

4.Conducting training courses for handgun officials at the national and International levels.

5.    Establishing and conducting handgun officials training programs for major and support officials, in connection with International competitions conducted in Canada, as circumstances may require.

6.Coordinating Club and Provincial handgun officials training and qualification programs, acting through representatives appointed by the SFC - affiliated Provincial and Territorial Governing Associations.

7.Reviewing periodically the performance of national level handgun officials to determine whether their certification should be renewed and/or to decide on recommendations to the International Shooting Union for International Judges' licenses.

8. Establishing the period of validity for official's certification, and making recommendations to the Executive Committee as to fees to be charged for handgun training course participation, official's materials and certification.

9.Recommending officials to conduct Regional and National Handgun Championships, and for International competitions as may be applicable.


INTERNATIONAL HANDGUN OFFICIAL

An International handgun Official is recommended by the NODC through the SFC to the ISSF after a minimum of 2 years of experience as a National Handgun Official. Every International Official must participate actively as a handgun official in their countries of origin.  They must officiate at the Canadian Pistol National Championships in order to maintain their certification.





GUIDELINES FOR EACH LEVEL OF HANDGUN OFFICIALS' CERTIFICATION

CLUB OFFICIAL

The club official will work at the local or club level and must have the following qualifications and experience:

- know and practice the SFC/ISSF philosophy of officiating

- know and be able to enforce the SFC rules

- know and be able to enforce scoring procedure

- be able to conduct an equipment check

- know the elements of a basic range set-up and be able to conduct a range inspection

- know the elements of a basic tournament range set up

- know and be able to enforce safety rules


PROVINCIAL OFFICIAL

The Provincial Official will work at the club, zone, and provincial levels and must have the following qualifications and experience:


- know and practice the philosophy of SFC/ISSF officiating

- know and be able to enforce the ISSF. SFC and NRA rules

- know and be able to enforce the limitations of the rules in provincial tournaments

- know and be able to enforce scoring procedures

-  know equipment check procedures and be able to conduct an equipment check

-  know the elements of a basic range set-up

-  know the procedures of a range inspection and be able to conduct a range inspection

- know and be able to enforce safety rules

- know and be able to enforce rules and procedures prevalent at a provincial tournament





NATIONAL OFFICIAL

The national official will work at the club, zone, provincial and national levels and must have the following qualifications and experience:

- know and practice the philosophy of SFC/ISSF officiating


- know and be able to enforce the ISSF, SFC and NRA rules

- know and be able to enforce the limitations of the rules in national tournaments

-  know and be able to enforce scoring procedures

-  know equipment check procedures and be able to conduct an equipment check

-  know the elements of a basic range set-up

-  know the procedures of a range inspection and be able to conduct a range inspection

- know and be able to enforce safety rules

- know and be able to enforce rules and procedures prevalent at a national tournament


INTERNATIONAL JUDGE

The International Judge will work at the national and international levels and must have the following qualifications and experience:

- know and practice the SFC/ISSF philosophy of officiating

- know and be able to enforce the ISSF rules

- know and be able to enforce scoring procedures

- know equipment check procedures and be able to conduct equipment checks

- know the elements of a basic range set-up

- know the procedures of a range inspection and be able to conduct a range inspection

- know and be able to supervise the basic tournament range set up

- know and be able to enforce safety rules

- know and be able to enforce rules and procedures prevalent at an international tournament








Initiative for action:  if you wish to have further information please contact the SFC office by email, info@sfc-ftc.ca and indicate if you would like information on the following:
  • Becoming an official
  • Upgrading your credentials
  • Hosting a clinic in your club

You can also reach the SFC office by phoning 613-727-7483.