The assignment of officials within the Central Region occurs in three ways:

Central Region Assigning

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.


Community Assigning

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), 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.


Rural Assigning

The Central Region encompasses many communities surrounding Calgary that are situated in the south central area of Alberta. The region stretches from the BC border in the west to Bassano in the east and extends 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. If you require information regarding the officiating program in each of these communities, contact the appropriate Referee-in-Chief/ Coordinator (RIC) for that community. If the community in which you are interested is not listed please contact one of the members of the Regional Coordinator for the appropriate information.


All Central Region assigning will follow the re-assigning policy below:

  1. All Central Region assigned games, without exception, will be 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.
  2. All Central Region officials are required to set their availability and rink preferences in Goalline. By default, all officials are unavailable for games each day of a given month unless an official explicitly changes his or her availability. Available days, or days when an official is available for a game assignment, must be set by the 10th day of the previous month. For example, the deadline for Available Days for February is January 10th. Available days are declared by checking dates and times listed on the availability page in Goalline.
  3. Officials are encouraged to continuously update their availability on Goalline as declined games and turn-backs will be reassigned through-out the month.
  4. Officials are notified of an assignment by an automated email generated from Goalline. In case of disputes, the date and time on the original email sent from Goalline will be considered the official timestamp.
  5. Game Officials for games with the following rank, 11-20, have 48 hours from the time the assignment has been emailed to either accepted or decline assignment(s). No fees will be assessed for games declined within the initial 48-hour period. Game Officials for games with the following rank, 1-10, will NOT be entitled to decline assignment(s). An automatic $5 per game fee, up to a maximum of $20 per month, will be assessed on a single set of declines. In cases where games have been assigned to officials who are already working games that day, or officials have extenuating circumstances, an email to the Director of Assigning is required and can result in the reversal of the fine.
  6. Additional fees will be assessed as follows:
    (a) A $5 per game fee, up to a maximum of $20 per month, will be assessed on games declined after 48 hours.
    (b) If an official fails to accept or decline an assignment within 96 hours (4 days) of the assignment, the game will be deemed declined and will be re-assigned.
    (c) A fee of $5 per game, up to a maximum of $10 per day, will be charged for all accepted assignments cancelled or turned back to the assignor up to 72 hours prior to the game unless reduced under paragraph (8.f)
    (d) A fee of $10 per game, up to a maximum of $20 per day, will be charged for all accepted assignments cancelled or turned back to the assignor within 72 hours of game time.
    (e) A fee of $15 per game, up to a maximum of $30 per day, will be charged for all accepted assignments cancelled or turned back to the assignor within 24 hours of game time.
    (f) Game Officials for games with the following rank, 11-20 with Re-assigning fees under paragraphs 8 c,d, and e may be reduced to per game if an official finds his or her own replacement. In all cases, the replacement referee or linesmen must hold the appropriate ranking for the level of hockey being re-assigned. The official requesting the change must contact the appropriate assignor by email and provide the name and contact information for the replacement official. The assignor will respond no later then 24 hours from the original request. The replacement official must set their availability and rink preferences in Goalline before the re-assignment can occur. Officials must accept all games in Goalline before the re-assignment is complete. The original assignment stands until the replacement official accepts the assignment. The Central Region has the final approval on all re-assignments under this section.
    (g) The Central Region will cover all re-assigning fees for injuries occurred during the officiating of a Central Region assigned hockey game, funerals and family emergencies. All other situations may be approved by the Director of Assigning on a case by case situation. It is imperative that an official communicate with the assignor and/or director of assigning whenever situations arise that may prevent that official from completing their assignments.
To reimburse officials when games are cancelled, in Calgary, with less than 2 hours noticed (officials have arrived at the arena to find no game) with the full game fee. If more than 2 hours’ notice is received then each official would be entitled to $15 to compensate for their incurred costs (travel). It is the official’s responsibility to notify the assignor within 24 hours of the cancelled game to be entitled to compensation under this policy.

In order to administer the policy, the Executive has implemented the following:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).

Pay Rates and How Officials Are Paid

Payment Policy
  1. All cheques for games worked the prior month (for example the October cheque would be for September hockey games) will be mailed to be received by officials approximately the 4th Monday of the month.
  2. It is necessary that officials ensure the current mailing address is correct in Goallineand
  3. There will be no picking up cheques from the Treasurer – all cheques will be mailed.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Don Roberts.

Pay rates depend on whether the game is assigned by the Central Region, or is a provincial game under the direct jurisdiction of Hockey Alberta.

Please click on the link to see the Mileage Rates and Travel Time Rates as calculated to and from all towns in Central Region.

Arrival at Games

All officials are required to arrive at the arena 30 minutes prior to game time, with the exception of USport, ACAC, and AJHL where the officials are required to arrive at the arena one hour prior to game time and U18AAA where the officials are required to arrive 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.

Dress Code

The Dress Code varies, depending on the level of hockey being worked:

For all levels of minor ’B’ hockey (excluding U21 B):officials are expected to dress in clean jeans or khakis, with no team jackets or ball caps being worn.

For Ranchlands (Senior A), U21 B (CJHL and Heritage), ACAC Female, AJFHL U21 Female, AEHL (U17AAA, U15AAA), AFHL (U13AA, U15AA, U18 AA, U18AAA): male officials are expected to wear clean khakis, a collared shirt, and dress shoes. Female officials are expected to be in a similar style.

AEHL U18AAA, AJHL, ACAC, USport: male officials are to wear dress pants, dress shirt, tie, dress shoes and a jacket; female officials are to wear dress pants or skirt, blouse, and dress shoes.


When traveling out of town to work hockey, it is the duty of the linesmen to call the referee, who is responsible for arranging transportation, at least 48 hours prior to the game. Arrangements can then be made to meet and travel to the game. Pre-game arrival times are still in effect when traveling to other centres to work games. The driver (usually the referee) is the only person allowed to claim or accept mileage for travel, and only one mileage fee will be paid per game. Linesmen are entitled to a traveling fee of $10/hour after the first hour (round-trip time).