Sport Manitoba is working with all sport associations to foster more
respect for officials in our province so that we can get on with the
game!  At the heart of this initiative is a new training workshop for
officials: ReferEase.  It’s for officials of all ages and in any sport.  You have the
technical training, you know the rules.  This course is here to empower
you to bring the “Ease” back into officiating.  For full details including a list of upcoming seminars...

What it’s about:

ReferEase is a 3-hour training workshop for officials to explore ways you can interact effectively with coaches, parents and athletes.  This workshop offers you:

  • Easy tips for creating a positive first impression,

  • A closer look at “the brain on sports” and why people lose their cool,

  • Specific words to avoid when giving instructions and the key phrases you can use to get things to go your way,

  • A constructive approach for deflecting verbal abuse and threats

  • Plus proven tools that drive a positive environment of confidence for all

You’ll get a chance to meet officials from different sports and share tools and ideas on how you can promote the fair play spirit throughout our Manitoba gyms, arenas and fields!


Where to go...

Sport Manitoba has partnered with The School of Fair Play to launch this pilot workshop on Feb 24th and then regular sessions of ReferEase, twice a month.

(Location, Day, Date, Time)

  1. 145 Pacific Ave, Thursday February 24, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

  2. 145 Pacific Ave, Sunday February 27, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  3. 145 Pacific Ave, Saturday March 19, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  4. 145 Pacific Ave, Thursday March 24, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

  5. 145 Pacific Ave, Thursday April 7, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

  6. 145 Pacific Ave, Saturday April 9, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  7. 145 Pacific Ave, Thursday May 5, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

  8. 145 Pacific Ave, Saturday May 7, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  9. 145 Pacific Ave, Thursday June 16, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

  10. 145 Pacific Ave, Saturday June 18, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Other Details...

Cost: $20 per person

Maximum of 12 participants per session.

Registration is on a first come first serve basis

To Register:

Online at

By mail or in person

Download the ReferEASE Course Registration form

Send Cheque and Registration Form To:

Sport Manitoba

(ATTN: Partner Funding)

145 Pacific Ave.

Winnipeg, MB. R3B 2Z6

Tel: (204) 925-5612


For further course information contact Janet McMahon at

Click here to see the full ReferEase brochure

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