Millet minor hockey is now accepting registration for new officials and returning officials. A 1-day clinic will apply to all first-year officials, returning level 1 officials, new level 2 officials and returning level 2 officials. The clinic will have 1-1/2 hours of ice time and ALL in attendance will be required to participate. Bring your gear.
Our Clinic Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
8:00am - 5:00pm in the Hugo Witt Room
If you want to referee do not delay. There are only 30 seats available in the Millet class. There are other communities having clinics but that means traveling to them. Please contact our Referee in Chief, Greg Lepage, if you would like to referee this season. Training, mentoring and supervision will be provided.
Greg will then send you a package with information about the requirements to become an official.
There has been some changes to the registration process this year. If you register for a clinic and need to move to another clinic, there will be a $20 service fee to do this. Please be sure of the clinic date when applying.
Want To Be A Hockey Official?
Want to start officiating, but have no idea what to do?
Step 1 - Contact your hockey association
Once you reach your local minor or youth hockey association, ask them how you can reach their referee-in-chief (RIC) or supervisor of officials. They should be able to provide you with a telephone number of someone involved in the local officiating program.
Step 2 - Contact the RIC
Don't put it off; make contact with the RIC immediately. When you are able to make contact explain to him or her that, you would like to start officiating in the local association and would like to know when the beginner clinic for the area is held.
You should also ask about any requirements, such as an age restriction. There may be a law or regulation that limits younger people from officiating.
Step 3 - Attend the clinic
You will most likely be required to attend an all-day beginner clinic where you will learn the basics of officiating both inside a classroom and on the ice. Make sure to come prepared with a pen and notebook along with any other required items such as money for registering or equipment for the on-ice session.
Once at the clinic, you will generally fill out some paperwork such as a registration form or insurance information. If you're a teenager check with the person in charge to see if you need mom or dad to sign any paperwork for you.
During the clinic, you may be required to take an open or closed book exam. Take your time and feel free to ask plenty of questions - the only dumb question is the one not asked.
As mentioned above you will most likely be required to attend an on-ice session that might last anywhere from a half-hour to two hours. During this session, you will work on basics of skating, on-ice positioning, and procedures. After officiating a few games, the skating, positioning, and procedures will become easier and you can work on perfecting them over time.
Step 4 - Ask about equipment
As a novice official you will find yourself working many low-level games, so there's no need to go out and purchase something that you won't need. So, before the clinic is over ask the instructor if he knows of anyone with some used gear for sale, as many experienced officials have collected a wealth of old gear and are looking to get rid of it. Your local association might even have some loaner sweaters or helmets.
Step 5 - Ask about games
Before the clinic is over, ask how you go about getting games in your local area once you are completely registered and certified. Most places require you to attend a scheduling meeting or send your available dates to an assignor or supervisor once a month.
Step 6 - Don't get discouraged
Remember this is your first season. You might not receive many games and the games you will receive are probably going to be at the lowest levels of hockey. When you work these games remember what it was like to be their age and playing - each game is important to those kids.
As an official, you will need to develop the ability to block out the negative criticism. If you're looking for a job where people are going to be happy with you each and every game, then you might want tore-consider officiating. Don't expect to go out there and make friends with everyone.
During the season don't be afraid to ask more experienced official's questions. The best ways to learn and develop as an official is watch and ask those with more experience than you. You should consider helping out at tournament or playoff time as an off-ice official running the clock or keeping score. This is an excellent way to learn from those with more experience than you.
Step 7 - Officiate with ethics
Your duty as a hockey official is to act as an impartial judge and this duty carries with it an obligation for the official to perform with accuracy, consistency, objectivity, and the highest sense of integrity.
In order to preserve and encourage confidence in the professionalism and integrity of officiating, officials must first foster ethical behavior.
The Official's Code of Ethics: