New Officials - How to Get Started...
Individuals interested in getting started in the Referee Program should contact their local Referee Association for information on becoming a referee in their centre. Clinics specifically designed for New Officials are scheduled by the local Referee Associations in September on an annual basis. Once you become registered with your local Referee Association, they will send you to a new referee clinic information and the link to the Hockey Canada University Online Officiating Course that is required to be completed prior to attending the in-class session. A listing of local Associations is on the ALLIANCE Hockey homepage along the top - click on a logo to be re-directed to the local Association website.
ALLIANCE Hockey Officiating Program - Overview
Certification at all levels, except Level I is a two-part process involving clinical and practical assessment. From the point of view of the clinic, the official must attend all sessions and must obtain the minimum mark on the examination.
Once certified, it is essential than an official continue to update and be completely familiar with new rule interpretations and officiating techniques. To maintain one`s present level of certification, an individual must attend a full Hockey Canada officiating program clinic and write a national examination every year with appropriate passing mark.
An individual must be at least 16 years of age to be certified at Level 2 or higher.
An individual will not be eligible to advance more than one level of the Hockey Canada officiating program per season, except for Levels 1 and 2.
Click here for more information on the Hockey Canada Officiating Program.
OHF Policy & Procedures for Criminal Record Checks / Vulnerable Sector Screening - *NEW as of 2014*
The OHF has now centralized the collection of Criminal Record Checks / Vulnerable Sector Screening as of the 2014-2015 season. With the Centralization of the Criminal Record Check (CRC)/ Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS), Criminal Offence Declaration Form (CODF) and CRC receipt for officials, there will be changes to how these documents are submitted by the On Ice Official (referees and linesman) for the 2016-2017 season.
The submission of these documents is the responsibility of the On Ice Official (referees and linesman) and will only be accepted at the time of the officiating clinic.
Eligibility to Officiate
All On Ice Officials must submit their Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Screening at the time of their 2016-2017 clinic/camp/school. Once submitted the On Ice Official is considered a member in good standing for the current officiating season unless deemed ineligible through review of the CRC/VSS.
On Ice Officials under the age of 18 are required to submit a Criminal Record Check, (CRC). On Ice Officials 18 years of age and over are required to submit a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check (VSS).
The renewal period for your CRC/VSS will be every 3 years. (Example: Year one CRC/VSS, year two Criminal Offence Declaration Form, year three Criminal Offence Declaration Form and year four CRC/VSS.) All On Ice Officials must adhere to this Policy.
If you do not have your Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Screening check for your clinic and have initiated the process please submit the receipt in a sealed envelope with your name printed on the front.
When you receive your CRC/VSS forward the original directly to the OHF office (please keep a copy.)
Attention: Criminal Record Check Inspector
Ontario Hockey Federation,
Unit 9, 400 Sheldon Drive,
Cambridge, Ontario N1T 2H9
Criminal Offence Declaration Form
This form is to be completed by officials who have a CRC/VSS on file and has not expired.
Please note that the declaration form is not a substitution for a CRC/VSS.
If completing a Criminal Offence Declaration Form, it must be completed in full, signed, placed in a sealed envelope with your name and clinic printed on the front and submitted at the clinic.
The OHF will be responsible to communicate to the Member Partner for that individual’s area if that official has complied with this requirement and is eligible or ineligible to officiate.