Officials or Commissaires

 

Training

If you are interested in becoming a commissaire (official) for either road, cyclo-cross or mountain bike events you should contact the appropriate Provincial Chief Commissaire:
     (contact the SCA for the name and contact info of the Chief commissaire - cycling@accesscomm.ca)

To find out when the next official's course is - go to: http://www.saskcycling.ca/clinics.html

The Role of Commissaires in the Sport (from the Cycling Canada Provincial Commissaire Learning Facilitators Guide)

A particular problem in Canada is a misunderstanding about the role of Commissaires within the sport of Cycling. Cycling is not a sport that many people think of as being officiated. That is, many people do not consider it as a sporting activity where one or more referees are present. After all, it is simply a race - the first person across the finish line wins… what could there possibly be to officiate? Or at least, this is the impression that many people have. Even among those who actively race in the sport there is a widespread and incorrect idea that the role of the Commissaire is limited to helping produce the results. Other sports, particularly venue-specific sports such as soccer or hockey do not suffer from this - the officials in these sports are visible as active participants in it. In fact, the structure of these sports demands the participation of officials. The sport can't be played beyond the most informal level without them. The same is true for bicycle races.

To counteract the idea that cycling events are not officiated, we must come to think of cycling officials (Commissaires) as essential and active participants in the sport, in exactly the same way that officials are essential and active participants in other sports. That is, Commissaires (as do the officials in other sports) do the following:

The idea that Commissaires are an essential part of any race should always be promoted!

Path to Certification as a Commissaire (from the Cycling Canada Provincial Commissaire Learning Facilitators Guide)

New Commissaires are recruited and trained by the provincial or territorial federation in which they live. This happens for each Cycling discipline.

There are 3 levels of Provincial Commissaires:

  1. Provincial 'C'; new officials, who have been taken a beginning Commissaire course and have worked at several races with a mentor.
  2. Provincial 'B'; advancing officials, who have taken the Provincial 'B/A' Commissaire course and have experience at a certain number of races independent of a mentor.
  3. Provincial 'A'; the most experienced provincial Commissaires, with several years of experience. These officials may be appointed as President of Commissaires' Panel (PCP) at provincial events.

Further training and experience may allow Commissaires to become (in this order):

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Rule Enforcement

In the excitement surrounding a race, competitors occasionally neglect basic rules of safety and courtesy.  In an effort to promote these values, the SCA will implement the following enforcement procedures, for all participants of any race held in Saskatchewan:

  1. Wearing rigid safety headgear is mandatory during any and all competitions and related training sessions for all cycling disciplines.
  2. Racers are required to present a valid SCA/CCA licence at the time of registration for each and every race they wish to participate in.
  3. >Bad language, disrespectful or improper behaviour towards organizers, volunteers and commissaires will not be tolerated.

The following penalties will be imposed on any SCA member who is in breach of the above regulations:

  1. First offense:  Member will receive a verbal warning from a commissaire at the event or soon afterward.  The warning will be recorded at the SCA office.
  2. Second offense:  Member will receive a written warning from a commissaire after the offense.   The warning will be recorded at the SCA office.
  3. Third and any subsequent offenses:  Member will be fined $10 for each offense.  Penalty is to be collected by a commissaire or the SCA office before the member will be allowed to race again or buy a licence the following year. 

Remember, the onus is on you, the rider to know the rules of competition.  The CCA rulebook can be found at www.canadian-cycling.com

Race Problems/Protests

If a rider has a race problem/protest at an event he/she should deal immediately with the Chief Commissaire at that event. The Chief Commissiaire's decision is final. If you still think the Chief Commissaire has erred, you should file a written protest to the Provincial Chief Commissaire c/o Saskatchewan Cycling Association. The procedure for handling problems/protests is the same for road, cyclo-cross and mountain bike events.