Officiating for Triathlon Events in BC
Officials ensure that events are conducted in a safe and fair manner, and adhere to the governing rules of the sport.
Officials are classified into five distinct levels. Provincial Technical Official (PTO) Level 1 and 2 are combined to cover novice, club, and local Officials. National Technical Official (NTO) status allows officials to work at Provincial and National Championship events and at international events; Continental Technical Official (CTO) and International Technical Official (ITO) status is required for Officials at major International events such as the Pan Am Games and Olympic Games.
Across the Province
The Officiating program in BC is considered to be among the best in Canada. To meet a growing roster of events, Triathlon BC conducts three to four Officials clinics around the province each year. At a typical event, between two and five Officials are required. However, with larger events where participation can exceed 1,500 athletes, there is often a need to provide over thirty Officials for shifts lasting over eight hours.
Regional events, including Provincial Championships and the BC Summer Games, provide an excellent opportunity for Officials to gain valuable experience and mentor under senior-level Officials.
Triathlon Rules & Regulations
The following is a link to the International Triathlon Union (ITU) competition rules. These apply to all sanctioned races throughout BC and across Canada. Triathlon BC has prepared an Appendix to the ITU rules for additions/amendment to the ITU rules that are applicable in sanctioned races throughout British Columbia.
NOTICE RE: BICYCLE EQUIPMENT IN TRIATHLON
Bicycles of non-traditional patterns (bicycles with irregular rider position) are considered illegal unless approved by the Head Referee/Technical Delegate well in advance of the event.
For paratriathletes, the term ‘bicycle’ includes: bicycle, handcycle, tricycle, tandem bicycle and racing wheelchair. Any Para competitor using equipment that is non-traditional should have it approved prior to race-day.
Please note – The term ‘bicycle’ does not refer to recumbent bicycles, which are illegal for all competitors.
For further clarification, Officials, Race Directors and Athletes are urged to review the official rules for specific descriptions of all legal cycling equipment.
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Are you already an accredited Official that would like to be assigned to an upcoming event? The Race Assignment sign-up page for this year is now available. Click on the link below to sign up for your races today.Officials Sign-Up Page
Officials Activity Report
In an effort to keep track of your progress as an Official, please complete the Officials Activity Report. This report will help Triathlon BC record your activity, and is also where you can request an honorarium.
Need a pre-race checklist or a post-race report? A list of our Official resources are below. All of these documents are in a PDF format. If you would like to access a word version of a particular document please email email@example.com.
For the latest list of draft eligible competitors, please contact Triathlon BC.
ITU Rules and Triathlon BC Appendix
The following is a link to the International Triathlon Union (ITU) competition rules. These apply to all sanctioned races throughout BC and across Canada. Triathlon BC has prepared an Appendix to the ITU rules for additions/amendments to the ITU rules that are applicable in sanctioned races throughout British Columbia.
Acting as a Head Official? Need to see a copy of a Sanction Package or Officials Post Race Report? You can find it HERE.
Interested in acting as an Official for an upcoming sanction event? Click on the link below to get started!Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any Officials’ related questions.