The TLGHA supports players who aspire to become involved in officiating. Officiating provides players with valuable work experience, a modest source of income, leadership skills, and a way to enrich their involvement in the game either during or after their playing career. Many players begin officiating as timekeepers; later they may decide to become trained as referees.
Who can become an official?
Timekeepers must be 12 years of age or older. They do not need to play hockey or be registered with Leaside Wildcats—many of our timekeepers are sisters or brothers of registered players. There is a short training session prior to the start of the season for new timekeepers to learn how to operate the scoreboard and fill out a gamesheet.
Referees must be 14 years of age or older. They must complete an annual certification clinic hosted by Leaside Wildcats or another OWHA member association. The cost of the clinic is approximately $75. The TLGHA will cover the cost of the clinic and the referee jersey (approx. $30) for first-year referees registered with Leaside Wildcats who officiate a minimum of 15 games.
What are officials paid?
For 2018–19, House League timekeepers performing a 2- or 3-game shift will be paid $12.50 per game. A House League timekeeper who is required to work a single game only will be paid $20 for that game.
The timekeeping rates for DS and Competitive games is higher because these games are stop time and require greater attention to detail. For 2018–19, DS and Competitive timekeepers working a 2- or 3-game shift will be paid $15.00 per game or $20.00 for a single game for a single scheduled game.
The game rate for referees varies with the age of the participants. A referee’s shift normally consists of 2–3 consecutive games; however, if a referee is required to work a single scheduled game, the per-game rate is higher. The rates for 2018–19 are as follows:
For House League
- Minor Novice, Novice, and Atom: $20/game or $25 for a single scheduled game (HL, DS, or Competitive)
- Peewee and Bantam: $22/game or $27 for a single scheduled game (HL, DS, or Competitive)
- Midget: $25/game or $30 for a single scheduled game (HL, DS, or Competitive)
For DS and Competitive
- Minor Novice, Novice, and Atom: $25/game or $35 for a single scheduled game
- Bantam and Midget: $30/game or $40 for a single scheduled game (HL, DS, or Competitive)
Note that rates for longer Competitive games are higher. A complete table of rates for Competitive timekeepers and referees may be found here.
Two referees are normally assigned per game in all divisions except for Minor Novice. A referee who must work a game on her or his own will be paid double the rate per game.
Any official working a game at Mattamy Athletic Centre (Ryerson) will be paid an additional $15 per day for parking.
Officials are paid monthly by e-transfer.
How are officials assigned?
Every official is required to provide at least one contact email address, which may be the official’s own or that of a parent/guardian. (A parent or guardian of an official under 18 years of age must be copied on all communication with the official.) The Assigner HL/DS and the Assigner Rep will send periodic schedule updates to all officials, inviting recipients of the message to reply indicating which games they (or their children) are available to work. Openings are filled in order of reply: those officials/parents who reply first will be most likely to get their preferred shifts. Note that referees may only officiate games involving players in divisions below their own (e.g. a Midget-aged referee may only officiate games in Bantam and below); there is no such restriction on timekeepers.
What is expected of officials?
Officials are expected to attend a one day only information session. We will be holding ours on Saturday September 8, 2018 from 8am to 4pm at Northlea United Church. Attendance is mandatory. More information will be sent out in August. If you are unable to attend, you must find another OWHA organization running a session and register on your own.
- Officials are expected to request only those shifts they know they are available for.
- Officials are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their shift.
- Officials are expected to notify the Assigner at least 24 hours in advance of any cancellation so that the shift may be reassigned. If on the day of a game an official is unexpectedly late for or unable to work a shift, the official must notify the Assigner so that the Assigner can make the other officials aware of the situation.
- Officials are expected to treat all participants—players, coaches, parents, and other officials—with courtesy and respect.
- Officials who encounter any hostility from players, coaches, or parents are expected to notify the Referee-in-Chief and the EVP of House League (for HL and DS games) or the EVP of Competitive (for Rep games).
Whom can I contact for more information?
- For more information on becoming a referee in House League, DS, or Competitive, please contact the Referee-in-Chief, Beth Brotherstone.
- For more information on becoming a timekeeper, please contact the Assigner for House League and DS, Lisa Kelcher, or the Assigner for Competitive, Burne O’Doherty.
- To register a concern about an incident in House League or DS, please contact the EVP House League, Eric Sinkins.
- To register a concern about an incident in Competitive, please contact the EVP Competitive, Martin Cecchetto.
Support for Young Referees
The TLGHA recognizes that being a referee can be a rewarding experience but is oftentimes demanding and stressful, especially for officials who are just starting out. We take this into consideration when assigning games and have the following provisions in place to support young referees:
- A referee will never be expected to officiate a game involving players in her own division.
- Two first-year referees will never be expected to work a game together: we will always endeavour to pair a novice referee with a more experienced official.
- In the first two months of the season we operate a mentorship program, in which our most experienced officials will be on the ice in a supervisory capacity to advise and instruct younger referees. Mentors will not officiate the game but will be on hand to answer questions and provide feedback.
Ian Shaw Memorial Scholarship
Named in memory of long-time board member and referee-in-chief Ian Shaw, the Ian Shaw Memorial Scholarship was launched in 2017 to recognize and reward a young woman’s commitment to hockey, community, and education. This annual scholarship recognizes a graduating member of the TLGHA who has distinguished herself through her commitment as a player, an official, and a member of her community. The scholarship, in the amount of $500, will be directed to offset the costs of post-secondary education. Please visit the Ian Shaw Memorial Scholarship page for more information.
Coaches’ and Parents’ Conduct
Referees are trained and sanctioned by the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, which has a zero-tolerance policy concerning the abuse and harassment of officials prior to, during, or following a game. Coaches violating this policy will face suspension; parents violating the policy may be banned from the arena. The TLGHA fully supports the OWHA anti-harassment policy and will not intercede on behalf of any Leaside coach or parent found to be in violation of it.
During a game, coaches may register a concern or request clarification of an on-ice call by sending a player to ask one of the referees to come to the coaches’ bench. At that point, the coach may—calmly, and with respect—express his or her concern and request the referee’s opinion. The referee may then offer clarification of the on-ice call. This is an opportunity for explanation only; the referee’s call cannot be appealed or overturned.
Officiating is complicated and demanding, and many of our referees are learning on the ice just as our players are. Many of our young referees are, themselves, Leaside Wildcats players, who may have friends and siblings participating in the games they are officiating. Coaches and parents should treat all officials as they would treat their own daughters or players on their teams.
For more information on how to correctly address an official during a game, please see the first link under Resources below.
Quick Links: Resources
- The right way to speak with officials
- Tie Breaking Procedures for Championship games
- Timekeeping and officiating rules for HL Novice
- Timekeeping and officiating rules for HL Atom to Midget
- TLGHA League Rules and Guidelines
- Timekeeping and officiating Competitive
- For the Hockey Canada rulebook, click here