The Regional Referee course is an entry level referee education program into the competition stream. People entering this course should have some prior water polo experience as a player, coach, minor official, or Community Referee. The Regional Referee course is designed for athletes in the Technical Foundations (male 9-12 and female 8-11), Competitive Foundations (male 12-16 and female 11-15), and the Active for Life (all ages) pathways. Athletes and coaches are receiving their first exposure to organized and structured competition. The type of competition for the Regional Referee is regional and provincial events.
The Regional Referee involves training in the basic rules of water polo, and training as a minor official. The Regional 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 Regional 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, 20 hours of refereeing (scrimmages or games), and 3 evaluations. Professional development is encouraged at this level, and referees will be required to maintain their certification every 2 years by remaining active.