As the province of Ontario has a vast geography, ROWONTARIO recognizes that it can be difficult for some umpires to attend regattas that provide meaningful learning opportunities to support their development. This is especially true for newer umpires who may not have the established networking connections of their more senior counterparts. To help support our umpires achieve their needed development, ROWONTARIO has allocated up to $3,000 towards a new ROWONTARIO Umpire Development Program in 2018.

The goal of this program is to provide some financial support to Associate or licensed umpires needing to travel a significant distance to participate at large regattas in Ontario. ROWONTARIO would like to offer some financial support to a minimum of 3 umpires annually. Priority will be given to those umpires who reside outside of Southern Ontario (i.e., to those in Southwest, East, North-Central or North regions), are newly licensed, or are working towards being eligible for the licensing exam. To be eligible for the program, applicants must be registered with ROWONTARIO as an umpire and be actively umpiring.

To apply to the program, eligible umpires must complete ROWONTARIO Umpire Development Program Application – June 15th, 2018 Deadline. Please download and save the application before submitting. Applications can be submitted to:

  • Via email to; or
  • Mailed to: ROWONTARIO Umpires Committee, 206-19 Waterman Ave., Toronto, ON, M4B 1Y2

The deadline for applications has been extended to 4pm EDT Tuesday, June 19th, 2018!  All applicants will be notified of their application status by June 25thth, 2018.

Please note that these funds will be issued at ROWONTARIO’s discretion. Approved applications are not guaranteed to cover all expenses outlined in the application. Thus, applicants should be prepared to cover any additional expenses. Approved applicants will be asked to provide a report on their experience describing how it benefited their umpire development, and any recommendations they may have for improving the program for the future.

The development of umpires is a priority of ROWONTARIO’s and we are excited to launch this new initiative which will increase the development opportunities for umpires in the province.

All applicants will receive an email within 24 hours of the office receiving your application.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, it will the responsibility of the applicant to follow up on their application.

ROWONTARIO Umpire Development Program Application – June 19, 2018 Deadline

Rowing Canada Aviron has also committed up to $3000 towards financial support towards umpire development across the country. Each Provincial Rowing Association may nominate 1 umpire to the RCA program. Any Umpire registered with ROWONTARIO wishing to apply to the RCA program should follow the guidelines outlined for the ROWONTARIO Umpire Development Program above. When submitting the application, it should be noted that the umpire is looking to be considered for the RCA program.

Letter to Umpires: National Development Program

National Development Program Criteria