Each week we ask an amateur football official, White Hat, to clarify some rules of the game. If you have any questions, please email us and we will ask on your behalf (skhuskies at gmail dot com).
Nancy from Saskatoon asks: How do they pick the officiating crews for CanadaWest games. Is it different for playoffs?
WhiteHat: The regular season games are usually worked with local crews. However, an exchange involving two local officials, and two traveling officials occurs each year in one game. For the playoffs, they usually bring in 4 officials from neutral cities, which includes the referee and umpire, and three officials from the local association. This will be the case on November 7th, in both Saskatoon and Calgary who will be hosting CanadaWest semi-finals.