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POE U-16 Coach Applications


HEO is now accepting applications for Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the 2017-18 Program of Excellence U-16 Team.

Coach Prefessional Development


HEO launches its schedule of Hockey Canada Instructional Stream clinics for 2017-18.
Coaches can register up for these CPD clinics for free.

Lessons From Behind the Glass


Allyson Tufts partners with HEO to bring us the Lessons From Behind the Glass video series.

Gender Identity Training


HEO, in conjunction with HNO and the OHF, launches the new Gender Identity Training program for Coaches, Trainers and Managers.

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FAQs for Officials


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New Officials

I have never officiated before but I am interested in becoming an official. How do I do this?

The first step is to contact the minor hockey Referee-In-Chief (RIC) in your area to express your interest in becoming an official.

The RIC must approve all new officials because in most cases, there are more individuals interested in becoming a referee than there are spaces available. For this reason, some districts (particularly those in Metro Ottawa) have a selection process in place that may not be described here. Therefore it is important that you gain the RIC’s consent to join the officiating program BEFORE signing up for a certification clinic.

Should your RIC give you permission to join their association, you must then register for a certification clinic. Only those officials approved by an ODMHA RIC will be allowed to certify. ** All certification clinics that are NOT being held at the Hockey Office which include a level 1 and/or level 2 class will include a new officials class even though it may not listed on the website.

** New officials taking a clinic at the Hockey Office MUST register for a ‘*Official - New Youth Referee Clinics’ clinic, regardless of level or age.

What equipment do I need? Is it provided?

Officials must supply their own jersey, black pants, a CSA certified helmet and visor, as well as a whistle. The cost of new equipment can be significant, and this should be taken into consideration before deciding to officiate hockey.

Many former officials sell equipment through internet classified listings, second-hand sports stores and the local referee associations. Some districts have an equipment lending/rental program in place so make sure you talk to your RIC before you go out and buy anything. The RIC can also provide you with tips about the best brand names and stores.

Notes:
1. The NHL/AHL/CHL style of officiating jersey with the black mesh under the arm is not approved for use in amateur hockey.
2. The Acme Thunder is strongly recommended. The FOX 40 pealess whistle is not the appropriate pitch for indoor ice hockey.
3. No, you cannot just wear a player’s face-mask – You won’t be able to blow your whistle!

When can I start officiating?

Once you complete your certification clinic, you will be able to go on the ice and officiate. Once you complete your clinic, you should contact your RIC and let him/her know that you have completed your clinic and are now ready to accept some assignments. The RIC will explain how the games are assigned in your area.

Certification Clincs

I took a clinic last year. Why do I have to do it again?

Hockey Canada requires all officials to be certified each season. Only certified and registered officials can participate in games sanctioned by Hockey Canada, the ODHA/ODMHA, and its member associations. By requiring officials to attend a clinic, Hockey Canada can ensure that all officials receive instruction in new rules and rule changes, while at the same time, refreshing officials’ knowledge of positioning and procedures. This also ensures that Hockey Canada can provide insurance coverage to its participants in all sanctioned games.

How do I register for a one-day clinic?

Check the website for the clinic in your area. You will need to click on the clinic and follow the on-screen instructions to register for the clinic you wish to attend. Clinic planners need to know how many people will be attending to ensure enough materials and rulebooks are available. Some districts may cap the number of officials on their roster. Do not expect to go to the facility the day of the clinic and be accepted – please pre-register!

I registered, but I didn’t get a confirmation. What should I do?

You should email the contact person for the clinic you registered for and ask them if they received your registration form.

Do I have to attend the clinic that’s being held in my town or district?

No. You may attend any clinic held anywhere in the branch that best fits your schedule. If you do attend an out of district clinic, let your RIC know so they will be able to keep you on their active officials list.

What level should I register for?

Please view the certification page to review the different levels of certification and their requirements.

I am interested in becoming a level 3. How can I do that?

Officials are not permitted to upgrade to their level 3 at a one day re-certification clinic . Officials who wish to upgrade to level 3 must have officiated at least one full season at level 2, and must then gain the permission of their RIC. The official would first re-certify at the one day clinic at their current level (level 2), and then can attend a special level 3 upgrade clinic later on in the fall.

I am interested in getting my level 4 or 5. How can I do that?

Becoming a level 4 or 5 is my branch invitation only. Officials who are interested in becoming a level 4 or 5 should contract their district RIC for further information.

Can I become a new Level 3 official at the one-day clinics?

You CANNOT upgrade from a Level 2 to a Level 3 at the regular one-day clinic. You MUST attend a refresher Level II Clinic this fall. Once the season starts, you will need to obtain a recommendation from your RIC, and then you will be required to attend the Level 3 upgrade clinic later on in the season .

I’m a level 3. Can I upgrade to my Level 4 at the one-day clinic?

No. You must be invited to attend a Level 4 clinic. These are normally held every two to three seasons.

I am new to Hockey Eastern Ontario and officiated previously in another Branch.
What do I have to do to get started in the Hockey Eastern Ontario?

The first thing to do is to obtain a Hockey Canada Officials Interbranch Transfer Form. You can download a copy from our website (FORMS). Have your previous RIC complete the form, and forward or bring a copy of this Hockey Canada Transfer Form to your ODHA District RIC and also to your Clinic.

I took a few years off from officiating. Now what?

Level 1 or 2 officials who have taken a year or more off are free to return to the level they were currently certified at. Since the level 3 clinic is by invite only, any level 3 official who misses a year of certification will have to return to level 2 and apply for an upgrade. Any level 4, 5 or 6 official who misses a year of certification will have to return to level 3 and apply for an upgrade.

When do the clinics start?

Registration for all full-day clinics will begin at 8:30am. The clinics will begin promptly at 9:00am and end between 4:00 and 5:00pm, with a ½ hour break for lunch.

I have a game at 3pm. Can I leave early?

NO! Hockey Canada mandates that in order to be certified, you must attend the full clinic, and you must obtain a passing grade on your exam. It is YOUR responsibility to clear your schedule of conflicts. Clinic dates are posted early enough so that you can plan your time accordingly.

How much do clinics cost? How do I pay?

Clinic costs are posted at www.odharefs.com. You can pay by cheque (payable to ODHA Development) on the day of the clinic.

I didn’t register online, can I still show up?

Due to the high number of officials at each clinic, officials are required to register in advance in order to participate. Most clinics have a maximum capacity, so officials who are not registered and show up on their own will be asked to leave and attend a different clinic. Make sure you register online to avoid any problems.

I pre-registered and now I can’t attend, can I just no-show and go to the next one?

Regardless of location, once you register for a clinic, you are expected to attend. If you have pre-registered for a clinic and become unable to attend, you should e-mail the contact person for the clinic to let them know that there will be an additional opening.

What should I bring?

Bring the following items:
Pens and pencils
Some paper for taking notes, and for working out penalty situation questions on the exam
Your rulebook if you have one
Lunch

Do I need to bring my on-ice gear? Will there be an ice session?

Most clinics do not have an associated on-ice session. When you register for the clinic, be sure to confirm if there will be an on-ice session.

Will lunch be provided at these clinics?

No. You will be responsible for bringing your own lunch. Participants should bring a lunch as the ½ hour lunch break is not ling enough for participants to leave the premises for a meal.

What do I do if I fail the test?

You will be allowed to rewrite your exam for a $25.00 fee at any subsequent clinic. You will need to obtain a rewrite form from the instructor at the clinic where you failed the test. You can then make arrangements at a later clinic to simply show up to write the test.

How do I get started Officiating?

First you must ensure to contact your District and/or Association Referee-In-Chief. Check the website (www.odharefs.com) for a Contact list with all ODMHA RIC’s contact information.

What happens if I wasn’t successful on my exam?

New Officials:

  • New officials will not be tested
Level 1 Officials
  • Level 1 officials are required to score a minimum of 70% (25/35) on their exam. A level 1 that does not achieve this score, will be required to attend another clinic in order to be considered certified for the up-coming season.
Level 2 Officials
  • Level 2 officials are required to score a minimum of 70% (32/45) on their exam. A level 2 that does not achieve this score has two options:
  • The official may drop down to level 1 providing they are under the age of 18 and do not wish to take another clinic
  • The official may attend another clinic and re-take the level two course
Level 3 Officials
  • Level 3 officials are required to score a minimum of 80% (44/55) on their exam. A level 3 that does not achieve this score has two options:
  • The official may drop down to level 2 providing they achieved at least 32/55 on their exam.
  • The official may attend another clinic and re-take the level three course

I wasn’t successful, how does the re-write work?

If you didn’t get the score you were looking for on your first clinic and would like to take a re-write you should obtain a re-write form from your instructor at the end of your first clinic. From there you should register for another clinic where you must attend the full day.

How much does the re-write cost?

The re-write costs $28.50

What materials will I receive at the clinic?

At the clinic your instructor will be providing you with the following materials:

  • Hockey Canada Rulebook/Casebook
  • Hockey Canada Procedures Manual
  • Crests for your jersey (ODMHA Branch Crest, Hockey Canada Crest, ODHA Number Crest)
  • Clinic workbooks or handouts

Note: Participants will only need a pen and paper. Unless otherwise specified, on-ice equipment is not needed at the clinic. Dress casually for the clinic.


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