Scott LaChapelle: Referee In Chief
2600 9th Avenue NE
P.O. Box 2323
Salmon Arm BC V1E 4R3
Cell: 250.515.0489
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Roy Sakaki: Administrator
2600 9th Avenue NE
P.O. Box 2323
Salmon Arm BC V1E 4R3
Phone: 250.832.0095
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Getting started

Are you interested in becoming a hockey official?
How about it? Get in the game!

·         Great for all ages 12 - 60+ years;
·         Good exercise program;
·         Flexible schedule;
·         Training is provided;
·         Excellent remuneration;
·         Be a part of our team; and
·         You get to have Fun.

Those wishing to referee must be at least 12 years old by Dec. 31st of this year. You must register on line through BC Hockey website and complete the necessary requirements. All officials over the age of 18 must complete a Criminal records check and the Concussion Awareness Seminar.

All returning officials that do not require a Criminal Record Check (CRC) (17 years or younger as of December 31 of the current calendar year) or officials with a valid CRC can proceed directly to step 3.

  1. All NEW officials MUST complete the Hockey University (HU) - Officiating 1/2 online module. Once Hockey University is complete, any official that will be 18 years or older as of December 31 of the current calendar year MUST complete a CRC by following step 2.
  2. Any official without a valid CRC that is 18 years of age or older as of December 31 of the current calendar year must complete a CRC. Once the CRC is processed and displays on your e-hockey profile you will be able to register for a clinic. A valid CRC is required prior to registering for a clinic.
  3. Register for a local officiating clinic.

Level 2 or higher officials

Minor hockey will reimburse our Salmon Arm referees once they have completed the clinic successfully and participate in 3 on ice sessions which will follow later. Submit your on-line receipt to the minor hockey office.

Officiating Requirements

Anyone who is 18 yrs of age or older who wants to become an official must have a criminal record check which can be completed through the BC Hockey website and there is no charge.

Level Practical Requirements Other Requirements
  • Level I or II dependent upon age
I (1)
  • Prepare officials to officiate
  • Recreational minor hockey
  • Attendance at Level 1 Clinic
  • 12 – 15 years old
II (2)
  • Referee “Recreational to Competitive” minor
  • Linesman all levels of Minor Hockey
  • Attendance at Level 2 Clinic
  • Minimum of 70% on national exam
  • Minimum 16 years of age
All Officials 18 years or older as of December 31st must have a valid Criminal Record Check(CRC) prior to registration. NOTE: CRC submissions may take multiple weeks to be verified and updated on your Hockey Canada Profile.
Rob Bushell-Dina Vann-Scott LaChapelle 2017-11-26

Online Game Reporting System

In the 2016-17 season, BC Hockey implemented a process for game officials to submit game incident reports . Officials are required to enter all game reports into the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) by 8:00 am the day following the game.  All game sheet submissions are now the responsibility of the teams to submit to the District Association (BCHockey Bulletin).


To request referees please email assignor.
Referees are scheduled no later than Tuesday evening and all requests for the following week end are required before that time.
Please have tournament schedules prepared and submitted to the assignor no later than 7 days before the start date.

Please consider the following when scheduling games:

  • Give the assignor plenty of advance notice of games;
  • Any game changes should be given to the assignor as soon as possible to avoid officials showing up to a cancelled game slot, or no officials being scheduled for a changed game time; and
  • When your league, exhibition or tournament schedule is completed, forward a copy to the assignor.

Referee Tips from Roy Sakaki:

  1. Enjoy yourself out there on the ice. Don’t do it just for the money;
  2. Make sure you know what an offside is before you do your first game;
  3. You will be sure to hear about it if you don’t;
  4. Find an experience ref that will help you on the ice. Asking questions is part of your job;
  5. Your dress code on the ice will tell others a lot about you;
  6. Not all learning has to take place on the ice. Use the whiteboard;
  7. Keep your rule book close... like by your bedpost or by the toilet;
  8. The game is not over until the paperwork is done;
  9. Be nice to your assignor;
  10. If you think a player deserves a penalty, give ‘er;
  11. Better to err on the side of caution; and
  12. All eyes are on you when you step on the ice. Conduct yourself professionally. You are in control.

SAMHA Referee Rates

Click here to download the referee rates. (rev 2019-2020)

Officials Dressing Room Policy - here