Referee Committee

  • Stephen Norris (Chair)
  • Erwan Goasdoue
  • Jennifer Parker
  • Ralph Vanwerkhoven
  • Wesley Enns

Categories of Referees

The provincial levels and Provincial “A:”, Provincial “B” and Provincial “C’ Candidates are expected to progress through each category starting at Provincial “C”. The level after Provincial “A” is National C.

Referee Gradings

Referee gradings are held at designated tournaments. There is normally one Provincial “A” referee grading in the Spring and one in the Fall in each year. They are normally held one each in the northern and southern areas of the Province. The Provincial “B” and “C” evaluations are distributed in the same manner.

Notices will be published in the Newsletter and in the tournament invitations.

Special referee evaluations may be called from time to time at the discretion of the Chairman of the Referee Committee.


The Referee Committee will assign a minimum of two evaluators to conduct a referee grading. The evaluators will be at least National “A”.

Details for Evaluations Criteria and Requirements for National Grading can be found in the 4-05 Referee Evaluations and Promotions Policy

Interested in becoming a referee? Send an email to the Judo Alberta Referee Committee Chair for more information.

Provincial Referee Development Grant


To encourage members to pursuit refereeing. Two grants will be available in the amount of $250 each, one for southern Alberta and one for northern Alberta.

Grant Timeline:

September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020

Provincial Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be U16 and up.
  • Minimum green belt or higher.
  • Must be a member in good standing with Judo Alberta.
  • Must have officiated two (2) regional tournaments (ex: Lethbridge or EYJS monthly)
  • Must pass their provincial C referee examination
  • Must have officiated a minimum three (3) of the following tournaments in the U14 categories and below:
    • Red Deer tournament
    • U of A
    • Rocky Mountain
    • Florence Senda
    • Katsuta Cup
    • Provincials

If there are more than one candidate in an area, the referee committee will choose the winner based on ability.

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in applying for this grant, please contact referee committee chair Tammy Thornton at

Thank you,

Judo Alberta Referee Committee


• Provide more opportunities to recruit certified Judo Alberta referees
• Increase the number of provincial level referees
• Increase the number of national level referees in the province
• High level clinics hosted in the province
• Referee policy
• Survey membership

Referee Resources

Upcoming Referee Events:

More details coming soon.

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