- Interested in becoming an on-ice official?
- Want to give back to the game of hockey?
- Want to make some extra money?
- Looking for more ice time?
Whatever your reason is… Our Game Needs You!
Here is what you need to do to get your officiating career started. It is recommended by Hockey Canada and Hockey Saskatchewan that officials be 12-years-old, as of December 31 of the current season to start officiating. However, if officials are 11 by that time they can inquire with their local minor hockey association if they have games for them to work this season, support and a need for younger 11-year-old officials.
Officials will need to complete the online registration and pay the fees, or they can register through the Indigenous Coach and Official Program, which would cover the registration fees for indigenous officials.
Upon complete of registration officials will be required to complete the Hockey Canada online modules, attend either a virtual or classroom session and an on-ice session.
One of the great things about officiating is that game assignments can be worked around your own personal schedule based on your availably.
Officials are eligible to officiate at levels of play that are one age group below their current level so for example a 12-year-old official could work games at the U11, U9 and U7 levels. Officials will be provided opportunities to advance based on their skill, proficiency and maturity after being assessed by local assignors and official coaches.
What should you expect?
- Officials and their partners will be responsible for administering the rules of the game to ensure it is played in a fair and safe manner for all participants.
- New officials should develop an understanding of the basic rules and procedures used for the levels they are officiating.
- Take pride in what they are doing and show confidence in managing a game.
- Work to continued development as an official.
- Have fun, enjoy your role as an official and want to come back next season.
Hockey Canada and Hockey Saskatchewan expect two key components from officials: RESPECT and PASSION
- Black helmet and visor
- Hockey Skates
- Finger Grip Whistle
- Official’s Jersey with Hockey Saskatchewan and Hockey Canada Crests
- Black pants
- Elbow Pads
- Shin Pads
- Shin Tights
- Referee Arm bands
- Protective Girdle
- Athletic Cup
These supplies can be acquired from many local sport stores or other officials.
- Note some Minor Hockey Associations provide jerseys with crests for their officials.
- Hockey Canada Level System
- For the start of the 2021-22 season Hockey Canada will be introducing a new level system and pathway for officials.