Senior 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
- Confidence in managing a game and developing
- High level of understanding for the procedures and rules of the game.
- Officials are expected to support junior and intermediate officials
- Develop a passion and interest in a professional manner as an official.
- Explore other officiating opportunities through camps and seminars.
Eligible to Officiate
Officials are eligible to officiate at levels of play that are one age group below their current age category, however at the senior level officials should be assigned based on their ability. Senior officials may work minor, senior or junior hockey. Note that at this level; officials may be moved through the levels based on their ability and rankings from committees and assignors.
Officials who are 18 years of age as of December 31 of the current season are considered senior officials.
Official registration fees are $125 if they are also registered with a Hockey Saskatchewan sanctioned team as a player or member of the coaching staff or $173 if they are not registered with a sanctioned team. This should be the first step of the certification process.
Officials must complete the full 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 80% of the Hockey Canada examination.
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. 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 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 / Payment
Each MHA uses their own system to assign officials. 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 Hockey Saskatchewan website and Appendix A.
Hockey Canada Level
Senior Officials, not at the High-Performance Levels, can be either Level 2 or 3. To obtain Level 3 certification officials must pass an on-ice evaluation while working a game at the U18 Level or higher.
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.