BMHA Officials Code of Conduct and Expectations


BHMA Officials Code of Conduct

1. Give your best effort every time out on the ice. No matter what level of hockey you are officiating you are there to do a job. Make the calls that need to be made and work hard as an officiating crew to make the right calls and do a professional job on the ice.

2. Show up on time for all schedule games a minimum of 30 minutes ahead of game time while wearing the proper professional clothing. If there is a conflict that will make you late, other officials and ref assigner must be contacted.

3. In the event of unforeseen circumstances that you can't make your assigned game you are to contact the assigner immediately via phone or text.

4. If you are switching or trading games please inform the assigner immediately. The official you are trading with must be of equal or higher qualification and age than yourself. All games are assigned to get qualified crews on the ice to work together.

5. Check and sign all game sheets before and after the game. Ensure it is filled out properly and do any game reports immediately and phone and send game sheets and game reports to appropriate contacts.

5. Have fun, and skate hard and have a good attitude and work ethic. This game deserve respect and passion from everyone involved. It is your responsibility to read and know your rule book.

6. Senior officials are expected to give guidance and support in a respectful manner to any younger or inexperienced officials. This is to help you in the future and not an attack on the officials. Do not hesitate to contact an assignor or senior official for help or questions.

7. Senior Officials are expected to do formal evaluations on younger officials and submit them to Trent Cey, and Greg Wells.

 

Memo to officials from SHA:

The basic role of the official can be broken down into two simple words --"safe" and "fair". By refereeing a hockey game with these two words in mind, an official should be able to call a game that is acceptable for all of the participants.

There is no good excuse for an official not to penalize any infraction that threatens the safety of another participant, and Hockey Canada along with the Saskatchewan Hockey Association Referee's Division calls upon all officials to strictly enforce these types of infractions. 

The word "fair" does allow some flexibility in determining which infractions will and will not be penalized. Any infraction that takes away a good scoring chance should be penalized. Some infractions however, although obvious infractions by the wording in the rule book, can be overlooked if no advantage is gained. Remember that it is the "spirit" or "intent" of the rule that determines an infraction, not the literal wording. Make sure there is a consequence to the infraction. Players can put their stick on another player along as there is no consequence. If there is a consequence of any manner the appropriate penalty should be called. As officials develop, their officiating skills will improve and their “feel for the game” will improve also. 

Infractions after the whistle should also be penalized accordingly, with emphasis placed on penalizing the instigator of such activity. An official should try to make sure the team/player that started the altercation is short-handed.

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