Intermediate Official Guildelines
Role and Objectives
- With their partners; officials will be responsible for administering the rules of the game to ensure it is played in a fair and safe manner for all participants
- Understanding rules and procedures will be vital to success.
- Confidence in managing a game and developing
- Get an opportunity to work a fair number of games and make some money
- Develop a passion and interest in the role as official.
- Make an effort for other officiating opportunities such as Sask First Camps.
Eligible to Officiate
Officials are eligible to officiate at levels of play that are one age group below their current age category. Officials should be refereeing at the U13 and U11 levels and may progress into the U15 level as a linesman and then a referee. Note that at this level; officials may be moved up to higher levels of hockey based on their maturity and ability as an official based on coaching and assignor rankings.
Officials who are 15 years of age as of December 31 of the current season or have successfully officiated for two or more years at Level 1 and approved by the branch to advance to a Level 2 official.
Official registration fees are $80 if they are also registered with a Hockey Saskatchewan sanctioned team as a player or $128 if they are not registered with a sanctioned team. This should be the first step of the certification process.
Officials must complete the full registration and certification process each season. An official is certified for that season once completing the full training camp process and will remain certified up until December 7 of the following season if they chose not to recertify. Officials are required to complete online modules, attend a classroom or virtual classroom session and an on-ice session and achieve a minimum score of 70% of the Hockey Canada examination.
Officials will need the basic equipment of helmet with a visor, finger whistle, black pants, skates, official jersey, with Hockey Canada and Hockey Saskatchewan crests, armbands. It is also recommended officials wear protective equipment which may included shin pads, elbow pads, athletic cup, girdle, shin tights.
These officials should be primarily be working in the Modified 3-Official System and 4-Official System as either a referee or linesperson and be capable in the 2-Official System.
Each MHA uses their own system to assign officials. Assignments should be based on ability and availability. Officials who referee in the SODM will be assigned by the League’s Directors of Officials. Payment of officials may done in a variety of was; either monthly via check or etransfer, cash or cheque right after the game. SHA officiating rates are posted on the SHA website and Appendix A.
Hockey Canada Level
Officials 15 and over with at least 2 years of experienced will be considered Level 2 officials or those who have been identified by local coaches and the branch to have opportunities as a Level 2 official.
Coaching & Support
Officials will work with a balance of less and more experienced officials to help mentor and be mentored.