National High Performance 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
- High level of understanding for the procedures and rules of the game.
- Officials are expected to support other officials in the branch and be leaders within the branch.
- Develop a passion and interest in a professional manner as an official.
Eligible to Officiate
Officials at this level would have moved through the officiating pathway and are working at the high performance level of play.
Official registration fees are $170 if they are also registered with a Hockey Saskatchewan sanctioned team as a player or member of the coaching staff or $218 if they are not registered with a sanctioned team. This should be the first step of the certification process.
Officials may be nominated by their branch to be selected for National High Performance Camp based on their ability as a Member High Performance official.
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 achieve a minimum score of 90% of the written Hockey Canada exam.
Officials will need the equipment that includes: helmet with a visor, finger whistle, black pants, skates, official jersey, with Hockey Canada and Hockey Saskatchewan crests, armbands, or league appropriate crests. It is also recommended officials wear protective equipment which may included shin pads, elbow pads, athletic cup, girdle, shin tights.
These officials will be working in the 4-Official System as either a referee or linesperson and knowledgeable and comfortable in the Modified 3-Official system and other systems to serve as an on-ice mentor or official coach.
Assignments should be based on ability and availability. Officials working the SODM or Senior leagues will be assigned by the League’s assignors. Payment of officials may done in a variety of was. Hockey Saskatchewan officiating rates are posted on the website and Appendix A.
Hockey Canada Level
Official formerly recognized at the Level 6 or Female Level 5 Officials are now considered National Member High Performance Officials. To obtain National High Performance certification officials will be nominated by their Branch and have an opportunity the Hockey Canada camp.
Coaching & Support
Officials will work with a balance of less and more experienced officials to help mentor and be mentored and will have official coaches attend games to help provide feedback for rankings and assignments.