Coaches and Officials

Sport excellence starts with great coaches and officials

Coaches and technical officials are essential to the conduct and development of triathlon. Athletes of all levels rely on coaching guidance and support to develop their potential and avoid injury. Effective officiating at competitions and events helps ensure safety, and supports the fairness of competition.


How to become a coach

Coaches are in integral part of the sport of Triathlon. They are the people that guide athletes towards there goals. We have lots of great coaches around the province.  Some of the coaches coach privately, some coach through the provincial clubs, and many of them operate training groups.

Triathlon Canada has just approved a new coaching program, for community and competition coaches, which we’ll look forward to introducing in 2019.  The Community Coach pathway will be the first priority, which can be found HERE.

The first level on that pathway is already available, allowing interested members to become Registered Coaches by doing the following:

1)  Register with the Coaching Association of Canada
2)  Submit a Criminal Background Check
3)  Complete the Respect in Sport module
4)  Complete the Making Ethical Decisions module
5)  Attend a Level I Officiating Clinic

To find more information about how to become a coach, please contact Triathlon Saskatchewan.

Certification levels

Basic Registration

At the end of basic registration, a prospective coach is registered with Triathlon Canada as a coach and is eligible to move on to Community and/or Competition coaching training. Basic registration includes:

  1. Establishing an account with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and receiving an NCCP account number.
  2. Registering with Triathlon Canada and affiliating with Triathlon Sask through the National Triathlon Registration System.
  3. Completing a criminal background check.
  4. Completing the Respect in Sport module (use the link under Triathlon Specific Courses).
  5. Completing the CAC module “Making Ethical Decisions”.
  6. Completing Triathlon Official Level 1 training with Triathlon Sask.

Community Sport Coach

If you’re thinking of becoming qualified as a community sport coach, then you may already coach at the community level or be interested in doing so. Often, you’re a parent whose child is involved in sport, or a volunteer who works with participants of all ages that are new to a sport. There are two levels of workshops for community triathlon coaches: youth and adult participation.

Competition Coach

Coaches in the competition stream usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in triathlon. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions. There are three education streams for competition coaches: introduction, development and high-performance.


What is a Technical Official?

If you are knowledgeable about the sport and competition rules of triathlon and you have strong communications and observational skills, consider becoming a technical official. Technical officials ensure that an event is safe and fair for all competitors. They have a range of roles and responsibilities based on their level of certification.

Technical officials are in charge of the conduct of competitions at local, provincial, national, and international events, depending on their level of certification and experience. TriSask is currently trying to develop officials for local triathlon competitions and hosting national competitions such as the Canada Summer Games.

All coaches are required to complete the Level 1 Official Course. Level 1 is also recommended for anyone planning to serve as a race director for an event.

To become a technical official please contact us directly.

How to become a Technical Official
Officials ensure competitions are conducted in a safe and fair manner under the governing rules of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and Triathlon Canada. Triathlon Saskatechewan is always looking for new individuals to become part of Triathlon Saskatchewan’s officiating team. Triathlon competition needs dedicated and respected officials at all sanctioned events. Most officials are volunteers. Triathlon Saskatchewan encourages each sanctioned club to have at least two certified officials. Provincially sanctioned events provide an excellent opportunity for officials to gain experience working with higher-level officials. Triathlon Saskatchewan Officials’ Development Model falls under those used by Triathlon Canada, and the ITU for officiating roles/practical experience. Using Triathlon Canada Points System, Triathlon Saskatchewan officials know the requirements of each officiating level and assists to track official development each season.
Official development path

The development path for officials begins with a Level 1 Course. TriSask intends to hold Level 1 Courses every year.

Official Development Path

Provincial Technical Official 1: A race official capable of reporting and enforcing rule infractions, usually employed as an assistant to the head official at a local or provincial event. A level 1 official is mentored by higher level officials and will be subject to an evaluation process.

Provincial Technical Official 2: Works at provincial level events in roles such as Technical Delegate, Head Official, and Sector Lead, and can present the level 1 course. Level 2 requires participation in a level 2 course and passing an evaluation/mentorship process.

National Triathlon Official (Mentoring) 3: Works at national and international events as head official, sector lead, or official under the mentorship of a full NTO official, and can present both level 1 and level 2 courses.

National Triathlon Official: Works at national and international events in all roles, presents level 1 and level 2 courses, and may be assigned to mentor level 3 NTOs.

Levels of Triathlon Officials
  • Provincial Governing Board (PGB) Level 1 & 2: these levels are novice and local event officials working at provincial races
  • PGB Level 3/National Technical Official (NTO): these levels are provincial and national championship event officials and are recognized as an ITU Level 1 Official.
  • ITU Level 2 – Continental Technical Official (CTO) & ITU Level 3– International Technical Official (ITO): these levels are required for major international events including Pan Am Games, Commonwealth Games, the Olympics and Para-Olympic Games.

Official Development Clinics are conducted during the winter. These clinics are done both online and in person. If you are unable to attend the clinic in person you may join the video call and watch the clinic that way. The cost to the participants is free. See the Event calender for future clinics


2024 Saskatchewan Games Triathlon Coach Recruitment
Tri Sask is seeking to recruit triathlon community coaches for the July 24-27 Games. If this position interests you, please complete the application form below by February 10, 2024 at 5:00 PM CST. We will be reaching out to selected applicants after the closing date with next steps.

1)  Read Roles and Responsibilities Here
2)  Complete the recruitment application Form 

We will be hosting an information session on January 22 at 7 pm to discuss the position. Please click Here for join information session.

If you have any question about the application and recruitment process, please feel free to reach out an email


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