All boxing contests will have either 3 or 5 judges at ringside and one referee in the ring who will maintain control of the bout at all stages. The referee is responsible to ensure rules and regulations are observed and fair play is maintained in protecting the safety of the competitors. A contest will not proceed unless there is a qualified physician at ringside to observe. While not considered an Official, the physician at ringside may interrupt or stop a bout at any time if there is a concern for the safety of a competitor.
The decisions of the Officials are binding and final. In Saskatchewan, as in many parts of the world, a computerized scoring system is used during competition. Manual scoring remains an accepted judging method, however, is seen much less frequently. Decisions by judges are sometimes cause for controversy, however, Officials observe the rules in awarding points and the casual observer may not have the benefit of this knowledge.