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).  What does a commissaire do? Click to watch the video: On the Road of the Commissaires

Online Provincial C Introductory Commissaire Training– Currently available in English, for Road, Mountain Bike and Track (Cost is $25)  You must then contact the office to arrange a time to do a practical on course portion under an experienced commissaire before you will be considered certified.

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:

  • They start the action of the sport (that is, they start the race).
  • They monitor the behavior of the participants, control the flow of the competition and penalize illegal, unfair and dangerous conduct.
  • They track and certify the “score” or results of the competition.

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:

Level Minimum Requirements to Attain Level Events you can work at this level Minimum Requirements To Proceed to Upgrade Minimum Time at level
Technical Assistant Eager to learn Regional and provincial level races Minimum of 2 races
Commissaire C Follow Provincial course in specific sectorPass a written exam Provincial level races Minimum of 2 races 3 years
C to B Assist the college of commissaires at Provincial level races College member at  provincial racesAssistant to national  level races Minimum of 3 races
B to A Work as college member at a minimum of 2 races/yearWork as chief at a provincial level race

Recommendation of Provincial Chief Commissaire

Chief at provincial racesCollege member for national level races

Assistant to international races

Minimum of 3 races

The following table provides the upgrading process for National and International Level Commissaires

A to National Follow the national commissaire coursePass a written, oral and practical exam

Chief commissaire at a minimum of 2 provincial races

College member at a minimum of 1 national event

Recommendation of Provincial Chief Commissaire

Work at provincial and national races as college memberCollege member at international races Minimum of 5 races 2 years
National to UCI Must work all the positions on the College including 2 different positions on a national or international CollegeApply to the CCOC to be considered for the UCI course

Be accepted by the UCI

Pass the written and oral UCI exam

Must be between 25 and 50 years of age

Work at all races in  the specific specialty Minimum of 5 races 2 years

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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, mountain bike and BMX events.