Team stripes is recruiting for members

Hockey Manitoba and Melita Minor Hockey are hosting a Referees Clinic at the Communiplex on October 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both Level 1 and Level 2 accreditation will be available.

The day-long clinic consists of classroom sessions on rules and procedures, an on-ice session to practice the skills needed to officiate hockey, and finally an exam based on the day’s material. Hockey Manitoba is hoping to see 15 to 20 participants at the Communiplex on October 12. You’ll need to bring a pen or pencil, as well as skates, helmet, and whistle.

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Landon White, regional referee coordinator for the Westman South region said officiating can be a demanding, and at times, thankless job, so it is important for officials to really enjoy the game of hockey.

“Skating, signals, procedures, appearance, confidence, and attitude all play a huge role in an official’s game,” said White. “But they all take time to develop. It is important to remember that many of the qualities needed to officiate hockey will be gained through experience.”

In an effort to increase recruitment, Hockey Manitoba lowered the minimum age requirement for a referee to 12 years of age from 13. However, 12 year olds must have the approval of their local minor hockey association.

After completing an official’s clinic, the newly crowned referee is ready to officiate games. According to White, the level of the completed clinic does not always dictate the level of games you can officiate.

“It really depends on what your minor hockey association, and local referee-in-chief, believe you are capable of,” said White. “First year officials will likely ref Novice, Atom and possibly Pee Wee games.”

It costs approximately $100 to register for most clinics, said White, depending on the level. For their efforts, Westman South officials receive $25 to $60 depending on the level of minor hockey they work. Officials also receive mileage if they travel to other towns.

Said White, “A love of the game and an eagerness to improve each time are, to me, the most important qualities for an official.”

If you’re interested in becoming a hockey referee, visit hockeymanitoba.ca/officials to register.35 p.m. Carried. 

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