Sask First Officiating
The Sask First Program was introduced by Hockey Saskatchewan in 1988 and since that time the program has brought great pride and accomplishment within our province for all particiants. The Sask First Program was designed to provide a better understanding of the game as well as to promote the development of quality players, coaches, officials and administrators. The participants are enriched as individuals and can achieve self-satisfaction and employment as part of the hockey community.
The Sask First Program promotes the pursuit of common goals. The historical successes of the program and its graduates are front and centre as incentives for participants and proof of the program’s effectiveness. The Sask First Program’s success has assisted numerous officials in acheiving their goals at the local, provincial, national, international and professional levels.
Further to this, and maybe even more important, the Sask First Program has had a hand in the development of good citizens. The program is just as proud of the graduates who have gone on to become teachers, police officers, parents etc. and have contributed back to the programs with the success they have achieved as officials. We also expect these officials to help in the future to work with young people to write the next chapter in the Sask First history book and be leaders within the Officiating Development Program.
Sask First Officiating Programs
Sask First Male U15 Program
Male officials aged 15 and older who are looking to receive high-performance coaching and continue their development, and those looking to be introduced to the high-performance stream of officiating are encouraged to register for the U15 Sask First Regional Camps. There will be two camps (North and South) where officials will be assigned a camp based on location and the numbers of registered officials. These camps will take place Friday, December 3 to Sunday, December 5, 2021.
Officials will receive coaching from Saskatchewan Officiating Development Model committee members and official coaches, and they will be ranked among their peers. These camps will feature on-ice, game and classroom instruction.
Officials are required to be at the entire camp. Hotel rooms will be provided for those officials from outside the radius of the host camps in either Saskatoon or Regina. Officials will be on their own for meals based on their schedule. Per Diems and Mileage will be paid to officials by cheque following the camp. There will be no game fees paid for this development camp opportunity.
Officials will work both roles as a referee and linesperson during the camp.
From this camp officials will be selected to work other leagues and other tournaments including the U15 SaskFirst Top160 Tournament in Regina December 28 to 30, 2021, the U15 SaskFirst Top 80 Tournament in February 18 to 20, 2021, but ultimately, they are competing for one of 20 spots for the Sask First Development Camp, which is part of the U18 Sask First Tournament April 15 to 17, 2022 in Regina.
The goal of these camps is to is to introduce officials to high-performance hockey and the expectations while they continue with their development and work towards earning roster spots in SODM leagues and gain valuable experience to return to their local associations.
Registration is now CLOSED
Sask First Male U18 Program
Male officials looking to receive high-performance coaching are encouraged to register to work one of two U18 Regional camps held February 4 to 6, 2022. This camp provides the opportunity for officials to work in both referee and linesperson roles and receive feedback from an official’s coach. This camp is open to any official elidable to work U18 hockey who is interested in feedback to increase their development or simply get an opportunity to get on the ice and work with other officials and hear from experienced official coaches.
The sessions are 45 minutes long and game fees of $37.50 for referees and $25 for linespersons will be paid. Officials will also receive mileage for the assigned games. Officials who have to travel a distance may be assigned games only one of the two days, so they do not require a hotel room and can travel to camp and home in the same day.
Registration is now CLOSED
Sask First Female U16 and Female U18 Programs
Female Officials ages 15 and older are invited to apply to officiate the U18 Female Provincial Camp and/or U16 Female Regional Camps February 4 to 6, 2022. Participants will be placed in either one of the camps based on their location, age and experience.
Officials will receive coaching and evaluation from official coaches and high-level female officials at these camps, which gives them an opportunity to receive additional coaching to help with their development and get exposed to high level hockey in a controlled environment.
Officials will be required to be committed to both days of the camp.
Those officials from outside the host centres will be provided with hotel rooms either in Saskatoon or Regina as well as mileage and per diems for meals not provided at the camp. There are no game fees being paid for ice sessions for officials.
All officials will be put on the ice in both a linesperson and referee role during the weekend.
Over the course of the camp officials will be ranked and the top officials will be invited to attend the Female Sask First U16 & U18 Tournaments April 8 to 10, 2022 in Regina.
Registration is now CLOSED