Officials (Pickering Minor Hockey Association)

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REFEREE CONTACT INFO
REP (AAA,  AA, A, AE) 


WHAT TO DO IF A REFEREE DOESN'T SHOW UP FOR A GAME
Referees are expected to be at the rink at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the game. In Pickering , this does not include the flood. For example, game time is shown as 8:00pm but we all know that's when the flood starts. The game won't actually start until approximately 8:15pm . The referees are expected to be at the rink no later than 7:40pm.

Referees are instructed to call the assignor if their partner(s) haven't shown up at the rink 20 minutes before the game. The Manager (NOT A COACH) should knock on the door to the ref's room 20 minutes before the game and confirm the refs have arrived. If the ref's haven't arrived a call should be placed immediately to the assignor, who will then track down the missing ref. If at least one referee is in the room please get his/her name before calling the assignor. When the assignor is contacted you'll have to provide the name of the referee who is at the rink. This will tell the assignor which referee is missing. Contact info for the assignor can be found in the Resource Centre.


TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
All OMHA officials are subject to receiving written evaluations of their on-ice performance. The number of evaluations varies from official to official depending on variables such as years of experience and ability. A Level 4 official with 15 years experience probably won't be evaluated over the course of a season as often as a Level 2 official with only 2 years experience.

This isn't to suggest that the more experienced official is neglected, they're not. If the on-ice performance of the official warrants further evaluations they are done regardless of the level of experience. But, as a general rule, emphasis is placed on the younger, less experienced official.


ASSIGNMENTS
Assignments are based on a combination of the qualifications, ability, and availability of the official. For example, by Hockey Canada standards a Level IV referee is 'qualified' to be the referee in a Midget AAA hockey game. This alone, doesn't guarantee he/she will be assigned to that game. The Level IV referee could be a 55 year old man who is no longer physically capable of keeping up with the pace of a Midget AAA game and as such, will not be assigned to this game. Ability is based on the Training & Development above. Lastly, and most obviously, if the referee isn't available on the date on which the game is to take place will prevent him or her from doing the game.


DISCIPLINE
On occasion it is necessary to discipline an official. The nature of the discipline ranges from increased coaching (Conversation with the referee) to suspension. Disciplinary action may be taken against a referee for any violation of the OMHA Referee's Policy and Procedures Manual. The most common reason for disciplining a referee is excessive lateness or missing an assignment. A referee may also be disciplined for misapplication of a written rule, which could result in the game being protested by one of the teams involved.

Any disciplinary action taken will NOT be made public. Each incident requiring disciplinary action will remain confidential between the official and the OMHA supervisory staff, the assignor and the Referee-in-Chief.

IMPORTANT: Referees will NOT be disciplined as a result of a judgment call.


WHAT DO I DO IF I WANT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT AN OFFICIAL
Complaints regarding a judgment call will NOT be considered. Judgment calls, simply put, are calls based on the referee's assessment of what happened. For example, if two players are "wrestling" and the referee judges this action to be a fight, it's a fight. No review of this call will be made.

As per the OMHA policy suspensions of fewer than 6 games CANNOT be reviewed or appealed. Only those of 6 games or greater will an appeal be considered. The PHA will not accept or review complaints or requests for reviews if the suspension is fewer than 6 games.

If you wish to lodge a complaint against a referee for any violation of the Referee Policy and Procedures Manual, for example, the referee behaved in an unprofessional manner (used profanity) please submit them in writing to the OMHA office. Complaints sent directly to the PHA are subject to review at the discretion of the PHA. Meaning, the PHA will not guarantee a response to any complaint sent directly to the PHA. As stated, all complaints should be sent directly to the OMHA office where they are reviewed and if deemed appropriate, the office will contact the PHA as part of its investigation.

The PHA may, at its discretion respond to complaints sent directly to the board but is NOT obligated to do so.


HOCKEY CANADA OFFICIATING PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The level system, level I through VI, is the foundation for the training and development of amateur hockey officials across Canada. Hockey Canada has categorized the hockey played in Canada into four basic streams, each with different priorities. They include:
- Initiation
- Recreational
- Competitive
- Program of Excellence

The Hockey Canada Officiating Program has opportunities for everyone from the Initiation at Level I, through to the High Performance Levels V and VI.

Level I
Purpose:
To prepare a young or new official to officiate Minor Hockey

Registration/Certification:
An individual is certified at Level I with attendance and completion of a Level I clinic. Some Branches require completion of a national examination, to be marked and returned prior to the completion of the clinic.

Delivery:
- Minimum of eight (8) hours of instruction
- May be presented over two evenings, or on a Saturday and/or Sunday.

Note:
- Upon completion of the Level I requirements, the official should receive a certificate and card.
- There are over 13,000 Level I officials registered annually.
- Minimum age guidelines may be set by individual branches.

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 Level II
Purpose:
To further enhance the training and skills of Minor Hockey officials

Registration/Certification:
A person must be a minimum of sixteen (16) years of age to obtain Level II status. Must attend and participate in all sessions of the Level II clinic. Must obtain a minimum of 70% on a written national examination, to be marked and returned prior to the completion of the clinic. Must pass a practical, on-ice evaluation, performed by a qualified Branch Hockey Canada Officiating Program supervisor.

Delivery:
- Minimum of eight (8) hours of instruction
- May be presented over two evenings, or all day on a Saturday or Sunday

Note:
- A novice official, seventeen (17) years of age or older, may obtain Level I and II certification in one year based on ability. This is the only opportunity within the Hockey Canada Officiating Program to accomplish two levels in one year. This is designed to encourage persons with playing or coaching experience to consider officiating.
- Upon successful completion of the clinic, examination and on-ice supervision, the official should receive a Level II sticker (to be affixed to the certificate received with Level I) and certification card.
- There are over 10,000 Level II officials registered annually.

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Level III
Purpose:
To prepare officials capable of refereeing Minor Hockey Playoffs, Minor Hockey Regional Playoffs and Female National Championships, or being linesmen in Junior B, C, D, Senior and Bantam or Midget Regional Championships

Registration/Certification:
Must be fully certified at Level II and referee at least one year at that level. Must attend and participate in all sessions at a Level III clinic. Must obtain a minimum of 80% on a written national examination, to be marked and returned prior to the completion of the clinic. Must be judged capable of refereeing in Minor Hockey Playoffs. Must pass a practical, on-ice evaluation, performed by a qualified Branch Hockey Canada Officiating Program supervisor.

Delivery:
- Minimum of eight (8) hours of instruction

Note:
- An official at Level III will have a thorough knowledge of the playing rules and the role of an official.
- Similar delivery options as in Level II although the Level III is usually presented in one day.
- Upon successful completion of Level III (clinic, examination and on-ice evaluation), the official should receive a Level III sticker and certification card.
- There are over 5,000 Level III officials registered annually

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Purpose:
To prepare hockey officials capable of refereeing Senior, Junior A, B, C, D, Minor Hockey Regional and National Championships, Female Hockey National Championships and designated Minor Hockey IIHF competition, or being a linesman in Major Junior, Junior A, Senior, CIAU, CCAA, Inter-Branch and IIHF competition

Registration/Certification:
Must be fully certified at Level III and referee at least one year at that level. Attendance at Level IV will be by Branch invitation only. Certification at Level III does not automatically make one eligible for Level IV. Must attend and participate in all sessions of a Level IV clinic. Must obtain a minimum of 80% on a written national examination. Must pass a practical, on-ice evaluation, performed by a qualified Branch Hockey Canada Officiating Program supervisor. Must be capable of officiating in any one of the categories as listed under purpose.

When an official fails the practical on-ice evaluation, certification will not be validated, however, the official may request a second evaluation. The second evaluation will be done at Branch convenience but at no extra cost to the Branch

Delivery:
- Minimum of fourteen (14) hours of instruction. Usually is presented over an entire weekend.
- The topic areas for a Level IV clinic are outlined by the Hockey Canada National Office. Branches are encouraged to contact the Hockey Canada Manager, Officiating for assistance in staging a Level IV clinic

Note:
- Upon successful completion of Level IV (clinic, examination, on-ice evaluation), the official should receive a Level IV sticker and certification card.
- There are over 900 Level IV officials registered annually

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 Level V
Purpose:
To prepare competent officials to referee Major Junior, Junior A, Senior, CIAU, and Inter-Branch Playoffs

Registration/Certification:
Must be fully certified at Level IV and referee at least one year at that level. Attendance at Level V will be by Branch invitation only. Must attend and participate in all sessions of the Level V clinic. Must obtain a minimum of 90% on a written national examination. Must pass a practical on-ice evaluation, performed by a qualified Branch Hockey Canada Officiating Program supervisor. Must undergo fitness and skating tests. Must be capable of officiating in one of the categories as listed under A purpose.

Delivery:
- Minimum of fourteen (14) hours of instruction. Usually is presented over an entire weekend.
- The topic areas for a Level V clinic are outlined by the Hockey Canada National Office. Branches are encouraged to contact the Hockey Canada Manager, Officiating for assistance in staging a Level V clinic

Note:
- All officials reaching Level V are required to pass an annual written national examination and fitness test to qualify for Inter-Branch assignments.
- Upon successful completion of Level V (clinic, examination, on-ice evaluation), the official should receive a Level V sticker and certification card.
- There are over 200 Level V officials registered annually.

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Level VI
Purpose:
To prepare competent officials capable of refereeing at National Championship finals and designated IIHF competition (i.e. Memorial Cup, Royal Bank Cup, Allan Cup, Hardy Cup, University Cup, CCAA finals, World Championships, Olympics, FISU Games)

Registration/Certification:
Branch nominations are submitted to the Hockey Canada National Office and are reviewed by an established selection committee. Must be fully certified at Level V (including fitness tests) and referee one year at that level. Must attend and participate in all sessions of a Level VI clinic. Must obtain a minimum of 90% on a written national examination. Must pass a practical on-ice evaluation, performed by a national supervisor. Must complete a written assignment assigned by the Hockey Canada Referee-in-Chief.

Delivery:
- Level VI clinics are held based on national need for Level VIs. The Hockey Canada Manager, Officiating is responsible for the organization of the site and program, establishing criteria and review of the candidates qualifications.
- Minimum of four (4) days of instruction.
- Attempts are made to stage the clinic in conjunction with a major training program or early in the season, requesting cooperation from local leagues so officials are able to work scrimmages or games.

Note:
- All officials reaching Level VI are required to pass an annual written national examination and fitness test to qualify for Inter-Branch, National and International assignments.
- There are over 70 Level VI officials registered annually.


REFEREE PAY RATES

- Pay Rates can be found in the OMHA Policy & Procedures Manual as well as the OMHA Operations Manual.