The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

National Governing Body for Curling in Scotland

Umpire Development

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club has an Umpiring Development Programme with the aim of providing:

  • The officials for domestic, national and international competitions who have achieved a specified level of competence and experience for the role being undertaken
  • The instructors to train the officials

Such a programme has been in place for a number of years but in 2006 a major review was undertaken which resulted in a new more structured programme with 5 levels of certification. Whilst this was very much been a step in the right direction, it was recognised after having been in place for four years, that a further review was required to reflect changes in the game e.g. use of Eye-on-the Hog, more emphasis on time clocks and in particular using computer technology, plus a revision of the criteria for each level to ensure they were both workable and achievable.

A revised Umpiring Development Programme was introduced from the start of the 2010-11 season from which 19 umpires have already progressed through the programme to their next level in its first two years.

All umpires are also encouraged to assist by officiating at any one of the many invitational competitions held each season in Scotland or by volunteering to work at international championships as end-ice observers or time clock operators. Recognition within the Umpire Development Programme will be considered by the Umpiring Committee on application.

Click on Development Programme to download as PDF

RCCC UMPIRING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
REFERENCE TABLE
TO ACHIEVE LEVEL
TO MAINTAIN LEVEL
Course work
(MINIMUM)
Practical
Max. Time Frame
Course work
(MINIMUM)
Practical
(MINIMUM)
Max. Time Frame
Level 1
Attendance at Umpire Course
6 Sessions
over
2 Competitions
2 years
or 5 years if attend 1 refresher day
N/A
6 Sessions
over
2 Competitions
4 years
Level 2
Attendance at
1 refresher day
8 Sessions
over
2 Competitions
3 years
Attendance at 1 refresher day
8 Sessions
over
2 Competitions
4 years
Level 3
Attendance at Advanced Course
4
Competitions
or
Championships
5 years
Attendance at 1 refresher day every 3 years
4
Competitions
or
Championships
5 years
Level 4
Attendance at 1 refresher day every 3 years
4 Championships
5 years
Attendance at 1 refresher day every 3 years
4 Championships
5 years
Level 5
Attendance at 1 refresher day every 3 years
4 Championships
5 years
Attendance at 1 refresher day every 3 years
4 Championships
5 years