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BECOME A HOCKEY OFFICIAL
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
In the Toronto area there are a number of hockey associations. The Greater
Toronto Hockey League
(GTHL) offers many
for new and senior
. You may click the link below for more information on GTHL
ATTEND A REFEREE CLINIC
You will be required to attend a
beginner referee clinic
where you will learn the basics of officiating.
After a learning session, you may be required to take an exam. You might also be required to participate in an on-ice session.
GETTING IN THE GAME
Be sure to ask at the clinic or when you contact your local hockey association about getting in some games.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
It's a good idea to start by officiating some low level
so you can work on the
basics of officiating
. At first your positioning will not come automatic, but after officiating a few
your skating, positioning, and procedures will become easier. At that point you can start to work on the finer points of reffing - like standards and game management.
For information on
clinics in the Toronto area
check the Greater
Toronto Hockey League's
GTHL Ref's Crease
Have a question about officiating? Contact us for more information.
HOCKEY CANADA RULES EMPHASIS
The 2006 – 2007 Rules Emphasis has been approved by the Hockey Canada
Board of Directors, and mandates that all Canadian Hockey participants are to
adhere to these guidelines. Through
the new standard of the rules
our game will continue to allow the opportunity for improved skill development
and provide positive hockey experiences.
The mission of
is clear; the game will be improved through the
application of the new standard of enforcement and rules emphasis.
- The stick will not be allowed to in any way impede a player's progress
- It is imperative that coaches teach the players that the stick can only be used to
play the puck
STANDARD OF PLAY
Hooking / Tripping
Holding / Interference
These penalties are to be called with very strict enforcement.
Hooking/Tripping examples include:
- Tugs or hooks on the body or arms that has in anyway impeded the player.
- Locking on
- Hooks causing loss of balance, puck control and position or advantage of position.
- Tripping of a player will be penalized with a strict enforcement.
- The use of the stick between a player's legs (can-opener/corkscrew) for impeding progress, loss of balance
or tripping is to be penalized.
Holding / Interference examples include:
- The use of the free arm/hand to clutch, grab, hold, hold the stick, pin or impede a player is to be
- Interference of a player will be penalized with a strict enforcement.
- The use of a "pick" or a "block" is no longer permitted.
The use of the stick will be limited to only playing the puck.
Sticks are not to be used to cross-check or slash opponents, these fouls will be penalized with a strict
Cross-Checking/Slashing examples include:
- The use of a stick to slash an opponent's body or hands.
- Cross-checking an opponent will be penalized with a strict enforcement including fouls in front of the
The “SHARED RESPECT INITIATIVE” calls for the participants in the game to
respect one another. The intent of
Hockey Canada is to enforce a standard of
play that promotes an exciting and fun game for all its partners. All partners
share an equal responsibility to ensure the integrity of the game is upheld.
Through this process of change, the onus is not only on our
game officials but all
its participants. Positive changes in our great game can only happen through this
improved standard of play. We ALL play a role in supporting the improvement of
CHECKING TO THE HEAD
Contact physically or with a stick to
players’ head area.
Deliberate checks to the head remain to be a major problem in today's game.
Concussions not only deprive players of playing time, they end players' careers
and can have long term effects. Checks to the Head demonstrate a lack of
respect and fair play and must be penalized. Any moderate or severe blow to the
head must be penalized with a Minor Penalty and a Misconduct or a Major
penalty and a Game Misconduct for Checking to the Head as concussions and
other head injuries are having a major impact on the game. A Match penalty
could also be assessed under this rule. These are aggressive fouls and must be
called at ALL occurrences during the
hockey game, including shorthanded
situations. Whether it is elbowing, high sticking, roughing or cross-checking, hits
to the head are an intentional act of violence and must be treated with zero
tolerance on the part of the official at all times.
CHECKING FROM BEHIND
Referees need to continue to work to eliminate any contact from behind, as the
resulting injuries, especially to the head and neck can be catastrophic. It is a
dangerous and cowardly act. It is imperative that coaches instruct their players to
STOP and eliminate all checking from behind. Strict application of this rule is
needed to remove this foul from our game.
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