Scott LaChapelle: Referee-In-Charge
2600 9th Avenue NE
P.O. Box 2323
Salmon Arm BC V1E 4R3
Cell: 250.809.1014
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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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BC Hockey Officiating Program(July 29, 2020)

Appreciation once again for those of you that joined us this Monday for our video conference. It was a great turn out and everyone’s attention, patience and engagement is valued. For those of you that were unable to attend or wish to review any aspects of the meeting, please follow this LINK to a recording of the session.

Many people asked for a copy of the power point presentation. I appreciate everyone’s patience in the distribution of this email but Hockey Canada informed me yesterday that we would see their guidelines officially published today, which has been done (Guidelines & General information). Therefore, I believe it is better to simply provide Hockey Canada’s guidelines now that they are official. These guidelines are also available on the BC Hockey home page with all other return to hockey resources. The vast majority of content we covered is outlined in the officiating guidelines document and in some cases updated or expanded upon what we discussed. The BC Hockey officiating program will continue to review and analyze this material in the coming weeks and move through the next steps of planning a strategy for providing support to all local programs with regard to seasonal planning, registration, certification and training.

As mentioned during our meeting, we are going through the final stages of appointing applicants in the various officiating delivery group positions. We have a few interviews to conduct in cases where multiple applications were submitted and we hope to have all information updated by mid-August. Furthermore, we expect some impactful updates from the Health Authority and viaSport (provincial sport sector) in the next week or two that will provide more guidance on our critical path towards this season. Our initial priorities will be determining delivery options for certification and registration, finalizing resource material and partnering with MHAs, Districts and leagues on meeting their officiating needs as return to hockey continues.

One final note that was not included on the call that we have an update on. Hockey Canada has determined that they will not be producing a hard copy casebook (paper) for the 2020-2022 edition. As such, the online PDF and hockey Canada rule book app will be the two (2) formats available moving forward. To this end, some members of our leadership group will be participating in a national officiating meeting on August 4 where we expect some more details about the various officiating resources and potential timelines, regarding the release of the updated casebook document.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions and I hope everyone stays safe and healthy as we continue towards a return to hockey. As mentioned on the call Kirk Wood, Dan Hanoomanisngh, Larry Krause and I are all available in the immediate if there are any questions and the remainder of our leadership team are also available to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you,

Sean Raphael
Vice President, Programs
Referee in Chief
BC Hockey

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.

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

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