How old do I have to be to start refereeing? - You need to be 13 years old as of December 31, of the current hockey season. There are exceptions but only for the rural communities and only if they indicate to the chairman that they are short of officials. In this instance, minimum age is 12.
Do I register for a 1 or 2 day referee clinic? - If you are 16 years old as of December 31 of the current hockey season, and you refereed in the previous hockey season, you can register for a 1 day clinic. If you are under the age of 16 or have never refereed before you have to take a 2 day clinic.
What level do I register at? – If you are 16 as of December 31 of the current hockey season, you would register as a level 2. If you are 13 – 15, you register as a level 1.
If I was a level 2 last year, can I register as a level 3 this year? – No, unless you have been approved by your zone executive. You would have received a letter or a phone call prior to this season starting. When in doubt, ask the zone chairman.
Do I pay insurance? – If you are a player or coach under the Canadian Amateur hockey system, you do not need to pay the insurance as you have paid it with your hockey registration fees. If you play Adult (Oldtimers hockey), you are probably not covered under Hockey Canada and you will need to purchase the insurance. If you do not play or coach, insurance is mandatory.
I live in Calgary. Can I attend a rural clinic? - The short answer is yes. However we would like all Calgary based officials to make every effort to attend a Calgary clinic as space in rural clinics are limited and they are set up for those officials in there own community.
What time do the clinics start? – All clinics will start at 8:30 a.m. so please be on time.
What time do the clinics end? – All 2 day clinics will end at approximately 3:30 p.m. each day. All 1 day clinics will end at approximately 4:30 p.m.
What is the ice session? – For all 2 day clinics, there will be an ice session on the Sunday of your clinic. Your instructors will let you know the time and place on the Saturday of your clinic. All officials must take part in the ice session. This is where we will do drills that will help you understand proper positioning, signaling, penalty calling, icings and offsides. There will be some skating drills as skating is an integral part of officiating.
Can I miss any time? – We realize that most of our officials are also players. However, attending class is an important part of your development. Thus we have put a policy in place in regards to missing part of the class. You are allowed to miss up to 1 hour of class time in the whole weekend (this does not include lunch so if you use your lunch hour and the hour we allow you to miss that would equal 2 hours). If you need to miss more then 1 hour, you should plan on taking the clinic another weekend. We do allow you to take a Saturday one weekend and a Sunday on another weekend. If this is your plan, you need to contact the clinic director @ email@example.com at least a few days prior to the clinic you signed up for. You cannot miss the ice time or the exam.
Do I need to pass the exam? – If you are writing a level 2 or higher exam, there are passing grades that need to be achieved. Thus it is a good idea to come to class prepared. Read your rule book and listen to your instructors. If you are writing a level 1 exam, you just need to complete the exam. However you should still strive to get the best mark you can. The better you understand the better you will be on the ice.
How much does it cost to start officiating? – basic costs are on our clinics fee link http://czrc.goalline.ca/page.php?page_id=23033 (zone and provincial fees, clinic fee, insurance, rule/case book). Other costs you may encounter in your first year are workbook, crest, patch, jersey, arm band, black helmet with a visor, skates (if you are a goalie, as you cannot wear goalie skates to officiate), shin pads, elbow pads, whistle (one that goes on your fingers). For every jersey you own, you will require one Hockey Canada shoulder patch and one Hockey Alberta crest.
How can I pay my fees? – Calgary clinics - We allow you to pay on line using a credit card or you can pay by cheque/cash at one of the pick up dates. All fees must be paid prior to attending your clinic. We will not be accepting payment in the Calgary classrooms. If you are want to pay by cash, please ensure you bring the exact change as we do not have any. Rural clinics – as above you can pay on line by credit card. If you choose cheque/cash, you must bring the cheque or exact change to your rural clinic where the instructors will collect the fees.
How do I get games? – If you are a level 1 official living in Calgary, contact your community assignor as soon as you have decided that this is the job for you. That person will assign all the younger hockey ages within your community area. If you are a level 2 official living in Calgary, you can also do the above but you are also eligible to officiate within the Central Zone (CZRC) assigned hockey. There will be a form for you to fill out at your clinic and leave with the instructors. Further details will be discussed at your clinic. If you live in a rural community, contact your referee in chief who will ensure you are on a list and will assign you hockey in that rural community.
How may games will I officiate a week? – this is a tough question to answer as it all depends on how many officials are in your community and how often you make yourself available. Please contact your community assignor or referee in chief and ask them this same question to ensure that your services are needed
I ordered supplies. How do I get them? – If you did not choose to have them delivered and you are attending a Calgary clinic, there are four supply pick up dates. The dates and locations can be found on the Clinic Instruction page (http://czrc.goalline.ca/page.php?page_id=15911 ). Supplies will not be brought to the Calgary classrooms. It is your responsibility to pick up your supplies (or get someone to do it) prior to you attending your clinic. If you are attending a rural clinic and you chose the “pick up” option, your supplies will be brought to your classroom in the community you signed up for.
I do not know my Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) ID #. Where can I find it? – If you are on the HCR registry the person in your community who registered you to play or coach should have access to it. If you cannot get it, go to the clinic of your choice and clinic on “create a new e-learning account”. Follow all instructions and you will eventually set up an account on the HCR. Click on the home page button and all your information will appear there. Once you set up an e-mail and password, those are the two things you need to get back into the HCR.
To set up my e-learning account do I need my own e-mail address? - Yes! You cannot share an e-mail address. Everyone needs their own.
Where do I find the e-learning module? - Once you are signed into the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR), there is a tab on the upper left called "start a course." Click on that and begin learning..
What is the CZRC? – The Central Zone Referees’ Committee (CZRC) is a governing body that was established to oversee the hockey officials within the Central area of Alberta - here is a link to the referee zone map – the referee zone map is on page 3 ( http://hockeyalberta.rampinteractive.com/UserFiles/File/Contacts/ZNE-MAPS.pdf ). The CZRC is a sub-committee of the Referees’ Council of Alberta through Hockey Alberta.