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Central Region Coordinator: Lance McKinnon (Assigning and Tournaments, Hockey Calgary Liaison, Hockey Calgary Community Liaison, Hockey Calgary AA Council Liaison, Honoraria Committee)
Male Development: Dave Coles (Provincials Coordinator for Region, Rural Development Coordinator, South Central AA Liaison, Ranchland Liaison, Heritage Junior B Liaison, Senior Hockey Committee Co-Chair, CAHL Liaison Zone 6)
Treasurer: Don Roberts
Discipline: Chris Bruce (Complaints, Hockey Calgary AA Council Liaison, Hockey Calgary Liaison, Discipline and Grievances, Senior Hockey Committee Co-Chair)
Assigning: Lance McKinnon (Assigning and Tournaments, Hockey Calgary Community Liaison, U9 Half Ice Coordinator)
Mentorship: Brad Campbell (Rankings B, Supervision B, Development Committee Chair)
Communications: Geoff Carr
Female Development: TBC (Female Liaison, Female Development)
Clinics: Doug Brown (Clinic Coordinator, Region Camp Coordinator, Senior Hockey Committee Member)
Secretary: TBC (General and Executive Meetings, Reclassification, Awards, Social/Golf, Service Pins)
All Central Region assignments are completed online using the Goalline system. All officials must register and pay their fees each season online in order to be able to access the Central Region assigning system. If you have questions about how to get involved or how to start receiving assignments, please email the Director of Assigning .
Availability/ dark days are completed through the online assigning system. Officials must login and put a check mark in the boxes to show when they are actually available to work hockey. The Goalline default for all officials is to be unavailable all the time, this means you must login and check the days/times that you are available in order to receive any assignments. From there you can click the check box for each day or hour that you are available to receive assignments. If you are available for an entire day there is a check box on the right hand side that will check each box for that day. Be sure to update your availability by the 10th of each month to receive assignments for the following month. Also be sure to update your availability on a regular basis so that short notice assignments will be offered to you. Lastly, use the availability notes to indicate any special considerations for the assignors.
- All Central Region assigned games are managed on the Goalline system. There will be no trading or switching games without Central Region assignors being notified and the switch or trade being processed within the Goalline system. The official can find a suitable replacement. but must turn the game back to the Assignor and then suggest the replacement but the Assignor will make the final decision on who works the game. Please consult Central Region Assigning Policy.
- To set Availability, login to the Goalline assigning site.
- Enter your username and password. Fields are case sensitive.
- Select Set Referee Availability.
- Check off the boxes for the times when you are available.
- Remove check marks for the times when you are not available.
- A check mark at 7 pm means that you are available to ref a game that begins at 7 pm.
- If you need to be home by 8 pm and you normally work Midget 2 where games are 1.15 hours long then you should not check off any boxes past 6 pm.
- All officials are required to arrive at the arena 30 minutes prior to game time, with the exception of USports, ACAC, and AJHL where the officials are required to arrive at the arena one (1) hour prior to game time and Alberta Elite Hockey where officials are required to arrive forty-five (45) minutes prior to game time. Disciplinary action will be taken for being late, for not showing up, and for not reporting lates and no-shows by a fellow official.
- When an assigned game is cancelled in Calgary, the Cancelled Games Policy shall apply with regard to payment of officials.
- Please review Dress Code and Travel Guidelines.
- When an Official declines a game assignment the system will automatically show the official as unavailable for that day.
Should an On-Ice Official be suspended while participating as either a Player or Team Official for no more than one (1) game as outlined in 13.3, said official will be permitted to continue to officiate with no restrictions. Should an On-Ice Official be suspended while participating as either a Player or Team Official for more than one (1) game as outlined in 13.3, said official will be permitted to officiate assigned games during the day immediately following the suspension. At the conclusion of that day, the On-Ice Official will be required to serve his suspension as outlined in 13.2.4.
- Linesmen for certain tiers are assigned by the local community assignors who are not linked to the Goalline Assigning system. Central Region assigns the referee. So, some linesmen spots may show "blank" or "not required". but the linesmen will be assigned by the local community and you should expect to work the game in a 3-official system.
- If you have received a suspension as a player or team official, the following rules apply to your role as an official: Should an On-Ice Official be suspended while participating as either a Player or Team Official for no more than one (1) game as outlined in 13.3, said official will be permitted to continue to officiate with no restrictions. Should an On-Ice Official be suspended while participating as either a Player or Team Official for more than one (1) game as outlined in 13.3, said official will be permitted to officiate assigned games during the day immediately following the suspension. At the conclusion of that day, the On-Ice Official will be required to serve his suspension as outlined in 13.2.4.
- If you been suspended as a Referee by your Officials Region/ Association, you may not continue to play hockey according to Hockey Canada Bylaws Regulations O.6: Any Hockey Canada player, coach or other official, who is under suspension by the Hockey Canada Branch League or Minor Hockey Association is suspended from any and all involvement in Hockey Canada sanctioned games. Any individual under such suspension who does participate in any Hockey Canada activities will be subject to discipline by Hockey Canada, or the member Branch, League or Minor Hockey Association.
The assignment of officials within the Central Region occurs in three ways:
1. Central Region Assignments
If you reside in and around Calgary and wish to officiate higher levels of hockey in and around Calgary (starting at U13 hockey and working up), you will receive assignments from one of the Central Region assignors responsible for this hockey. This will require you to log into your Goalline account and update your availability.
|Title / Position||Responsibilities||Assignor|
|Chairman||Assigning Coordinator (Team Leader)||Lance McKinnon||[email protected]|
|Secretary||Assigning Coordinator (2)||David Ingram||[email protected]|
|Assignor #1||Male - USport Lines, ACAC, Ranch, AJHL Lines, Heritage Jr. B, Calgary Jr. B, AEHL U18AAA||Mike Roberts||[email protected]|
|Assignor #2||Female - USport, ACAC
Male - U18AA, AEHL U15AAA, U15AA
|Lisa Heddinger||[email protected]|
|Female - AFHL U18AAA, AJFHL, AEHL U15AAA, U18, U15, U13, U11, U9||Bill Olsson||[email protected]|
|Male - Jr. C, Junior Rec, U18, MU18 Rec||Karine Burriss||[email protected]ca|
|Assignor #5||Male - U15, U15 Rec||Arlene Veres||[email protected]|
|Assignor #6||Male - U13, U13 Rec||Laura Corbett||[email protected]|
2. Community Assignments
If you reside in Calgary and are a younger, relatively new official or are simply interested in officiating the younger levels of hockey (U9, U11 and lower levels of U13), you will receive your assignments from an assignor responsible for the local community in which you reside. Contact your local community representative for more information on the community level officiating programs.
3. Rural Community Assignments
The Central Region encompasses many communities surrounding Calgary. The Region stretches from the BC border to Bassano in the east and from Crossfield south to Claresholm. Each community is responsible for assigning the hockey in its area and developing the officials that reside in that community. For information the officiating program in each of these communities, contact the appropriate Referee-in-Chief/Coordinator (RIC) for that community (listed below). If the community in which you are interested is not listed please contact the Central Region’s Rural Director.
|COMMUNITY||REFEREE IN CHIEF||PHONE||Website|
|Central Region Rural Director||Dave Coles||403-540-8962||[email protected]||officials.hockeyalberta.ca|
|Banff / Canmore||Matt Simmonds||www.bowvalleyrefs.com|
|Bassano||Amanda Barron||403-501-1262||[email protected]|
|Chestermere / Indus||Jeff Long||403-700-9529||[email protected]||http://cmhrefrees.goalline.ca|
|Claresholm||Shawn Cooper||403-625-0125||[email protected]|
|Cochrane||Brandon Hamilton||403-861-7945||b[email protected]||http://www.cra.goalline.ca|
|Crossfield||Tanya Ingram||403-616-5802||[email protected]|
|Drumheller||Tyler Jensen||403-823-0787||[email protected]|
|Foothills||Dave Skitch||403-603-8101||[email protected]|
|Nanton||Jolene Kohut||403-603-8372||[email protected]|
|Okotoks||Doug Brown||403-560-7094||[email protected]||http://ora.goalline.ca/|
|Siksika||Dion Daniels||403-324-0577||[email protected]|
|Strathmore / Carseland / Rockyford / Bassano||John Culshaw||403-901-3400||[email protected]|
Rural Mileage Chart
The schedule of clinics offered in the Central Region will be posted here as dates and locations are finalized.
Types of Clinics offered:
- Beginner/New Official Clinic
- Age: 13-18 as of December 31 of current season or new adult officials
- Levels officiated: U9-U13
- Experience: 0-2 years
- Junior Official Clinic
- Age: 16+ with 2 or more years experience
- Levels officiated: U13 or higher
- Experience: 1-5 years (for adult 2nd year officials)
- Senior Official Clinic
- Age: 19+ as of December 31 of current year with 3 or more years experience
- Levels officiated: U15 or higher
- Experience: 3+ years
- All Levels Clinic
- Age: 13+
- Levels officiated: U9-U18
- Experience: 0 - many years
- Elite Official
- Age: 19+
- Levels officiated: U15 AA
- Experience: 5+ years
- Elite 4/5/6 Clinic
- This is for our Level 4/5/6’s and elite Level 3’s (if there is room). You will need to write the SRD and take the off-ice fitness test.
An official’s rank or level of hockey worked determines the level of participation that is expected and how their participation (or lack thereof) may affect their hockey. All officials must recognize the importance of the Supervision program, and that without active participation by all, the entire program suffers and on a personal level movement up in the program will be limited.
Certain leagues have League Supervision Coordinators who are responsible for coordinating the supervisors of a league and providing information regarding those supervisions and on-ice performance to the Senior Hockey Committee to ensure officials are ranked appropriately for the playoffs each season. The coordinators are experienced officials familiar with the Hockey Canada Procedures Manual and Rulebook, and have attended a provincial supervision seminar. The following leagues have Supervision Coordinators:
|USports: Mark MacIsaac||ACAC: Dave Webster|
|AJHL: Dave Webster||U18 AAA: Chris Bruce|
|Junior B (HJHL): Doug Brown||Junior B (CJHL): Vacant|
|U18 AA (Rural): Doug Brown||U18 AA: Brent Hazel/ Evan Medd|
|U18 A: Derek Banstra||U18 Tier 1: Brad Campbell|
|U15 AAA: Brandon Woltjer||U15 AA: Vacant|
|U15 Tier 1: Brad Campbell||U13 Tier 1: Brad Campbell|
All officials with a referee rank of 12 (U18 B1) or above, or a lines rank of 10 (U15 AAA) or above are part of the Supervision A Program. Level 4, 4L, 5, and 6 Officials must complete and submit 15 written supervisions at any level by January 15 to be eligible for playoff assignments. All other officials in the A program must complete 12 written supervisions at any level by January 15 in order to be eligible for playoffs. For more information, email [email protected] .
Supervision B Program
All officials with a Referee rank of 13 or lower or a lines rank of 11 or lower are considered part of the Supervision B Program. B Program officials 18 years of age or older are recommended to submit 8 supervisions, preferably at the community level, by January 15 to ensure eligibility for playoff assignments and movement up in the program. For more information, email [email protected].
Within the Central Region, a Shadow/Mentor program has been established in each community. In the communities outside of Calgary, the local Referee in Chief (RIC) is responsible for setting up the program and recruiting suitable Mentors. Within Calgary, the communities are supported by a Lead Mentor who assists the Community Assignor with identifying and shadowing the new officials. The Lead Mentor is tasked with recruiting a team of Mentors to assist in Shadowing the new officials. Mentors are provided with training and support, and the reports are tracked and analyzed annually.
Community Associations are asked to put forward names of potential Shadow volunteer or coordinators from your community, and a list of officials to be shadowed (and their officiating schedule). Central Region will provide a Shadow Coordinator, jacket for each mentor, and supervision and support.
For more information, email:
LEAD MENTORS OUTSIDE OF CALGARY: See list of Community Referees in Chief at the SCHEDULING/ ASSIGNING tab.
LEAD MENTORS IN CALGARY: See below.
|Blackfoot||Lisa Walters||[email protected]|
|Bow River||[email protected]|
|Bow Valley||Jan Kruis / Greg Wagg||[email protected] OR [email protected]|
|Crowfoot||Helen Mills||[email protected]|
|Glenlake||Trevor Tracey||[email protected]|
|Lake Bonavista||Jeff Zawalykut||[email protected]|
|McKnight||Ian Calverley||[email protected]|
|Mavericks||Marc Bateman||[email protected]|
|NW Warriors||[email protected]|
|Saints||Niko Tanguary||[email protected]|
|Simons Valley||Thomas Liukaitis||[email protected]|
|Springbank||Chris Lopes / Paul Lopes||[email protected] OR [email protected]|
|Trails West||Ryan Dickie||[email protected]|
|Cochrane||Brandon Renner||[email protected]|
|Okotoks||Josh Penner||[email protected]|
|Airdrie||Jason Makarus||[email protected]|
|Female Program||Rikki-lee Gavin||[email protected]|
Pay Rates and How Officials Are Paid
- Attend the General Meeting and pick up your cheque for games worked the prior month.
- Cheques will not be separated by community unless prior arrangements are made with the Treasurer;
- Have someone you know well pick up your cheque at the General Meeting;
- Mail me a stamped, self-addressed envelope and the cheque will be mailed out after the General Meeting;
- Provide me with 24 hours’ notice and I will leave the cheque in my mail box; or
- Don’t do anything and your cheque will be mailed to you on the 10th day following the General meeting. For example, games worked in October the cheque will be available at the November 28 meeting, and if it is not picked up, the cheque will be mailed December 9.
If you have an issue with a game that you officiated and did not receive payment for, please send me an e-mail and I will investigate.
Pay rates depend on if the game is assigned by the Central Region, or is a provincial game under the direct jurisdiction of Hockey Alberta.
Cancelled Games - Calgary
- In most instances, the assignors will advise the officials that the game has been cancelled. If the officials go to the rink and find that there is no game, one member of the crew will advise the assignors that there are no teams for the game.
- The assignor will advise the Treasurer of all cancelled games, including the game time, location, officials and provide information as to when the notification of cancellation was received.
- The Treasurer will facilitate payment based on the policy and payment will be part of the regular monthly referee payment and will be shown as Miscellaneous. Officials will be able to review Goalline and see a brief description of the payment.
- The policy is only with regard to games under the jurisdiction of Hockey Calgary. All other leagues will be assessed game fee (when possible) for all games not cancelled within 24 hours of the game time and officials will receive regular payment for those games (when possible).
Officials Development Program
Applications are accepted annually for the Hockey Alberta Officials Development Program. Full information on the requirements, events/dates, and expectations can be found with the application form:
|2010||Dallas Ducheminsky||Strathmore||2011||Duncan Browne||Calgary|
|Jeremy Kander||Calgary||Cody Pollock||Airdrie|
|Jason Nedinis||Calgary||Chance Sundquist||Calgary|
|Justin Slimm||Calgary||Michael Kozak||Calgary|
|2012||Thomas McIvor||Calgary||2013||Evan Medd||Calgary|
|Brendan Balagus||Calgary||Przemek Iwaniec||Calgary|
|Justin Geeraert||Rockyford||Mason Stewart||Calgary|
|Michelle Barry||Calgary||Michael Stinn||Calgary|
|Chris Hunter||Calgary||Ian Calverley||Calgary|
Match Penalty on Official is the most severe penalty in the rulebook. Full details on the rule, how it should be applied, and the process for filling out and submitting the report can be found here:
Once the official has completed his/her report, it must be submitted within 12 hours to Jason Nedinis, Hockey Alberta’s Match Officer South.
Email: [email protected]
Be prepared to supply the following information:
- Your name.
- Phone number.
- Names and phone numbers of fellow officials.
- The time, location and league of the game.
- The teams involved.
- Player’s or team official’s name and team.
- Rule number incident applies to.
Jason will then follow up with you to advise what we will do or how we will proceed from here.
Mini-Refresher Clinics are an opportunity to provide first and second year officials with an additional 2 hours of instruction after the Clinic Season has ended. Typically they take place from November through January and are designed to help support the development of new officials. The classes are provided at no cost to any community within Central Region and are comprised of an hour of classroom and an hour of on-ice instruction. These refresher classes are a great way to answer questions the new officials may have and help reinforce confidence in them.
Please contact [email protected] to schedule a mini-refresher in your community. Central Region will provide instructors to support the local senior officials, assignor, or RICs in putting on the class. The community will need to supply ice time (one hour) as well as a classroom.
Do you know a fellow official who has recently been injured and required a hospital stay? Or who has had a baby? Or perhaps recently passed away?
If you do please click on the link below to access a form to request the Central Region send that official or his family a gift basket.
Should you have any technological glitches or questions regarding the online store, please reach out to Ryan Gregory at Tuxedo Source for Sports. His email is [email protected]
ORDERS PLACED SEPT 9TH-SEPT 29TH READY FOR PICK UP OCTOBER 25TH
ORDERS PLACED SEPT 30TH-OCT 13TH READY FOR PICK UP NOV 8TH
ORDERS PLACED OCT 14TH-NOV 3RD READY FOR PICK UP NOV 29TH
CHRISTMAS DEADLINE: ORDERS PLACED NOV 4TH-NOV 24TH READY FOR PICK UP DEC 20TH
ORDERS PLACED DEC 23RD-JAN 12TH WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP FEB 7TH
ORDERS PLACED JAN 13TH- FEB 2ND WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP FEB 28TH
ORDERS PLACED FEB 3RD- FEB 23RD WILL BE READY FOR PICK UP MARCH 20TH
We also have a TWO items in-stock, and are available for purchase at the General Meetings.
This first item is a divot repair tool. Cost is $15 per item, and quantities are limited. First come, first served. To view a picture, please click here.
The second item is a riot pad, and sells for $5.
The level of hockey an official is eligible to do is determined by the Central Region Referee rank, Linesman rank, and Hockey Canada Level.
Change of Rankings for B Program Officials
- Any B Program official (Referee rank of 13 and lower) who would like to graduate to a higher ranking should submit a written request by email ([email protected]). A supervisor will assess you, and if feedback from that supervision is positive and merits upward movement, you will be moved up accordingly.
- The formal process to move someone in the B Program to a higher ranking is done at the monthly Executive meeting. Once the Executive reviews the recommendations from the Director responsible for Rankings he or she will forward the information onto the assignors. Note: this process could take up to two months to show up on your assignment sheets, so patience is a required. If the assignors don’t get the info in time to assign you the new level of hockey, they can and will try to still use you in turnbacks.
- Any B Program officials requesting a change in their ref rank to Peewee 1, Bantam 1 or Midget 1 must send their written requests to the Chair of the Minor Committee. He or she will forward the request to the appropriate league supervisor for assessment according to the process outlined above. These categories (Midget 1 and Bantam 1) are supervised under the Supervision A Program – if there is an opening you will move up upon approval by the Minor Hockey Committee as outlined in their Development Guidelines.