Game Incident Report
In order to assist officials when incidents happen during a game that require a written report, here are some guidelines with regard to information that should be provided when writing a game report for all leagues.
- Make sure the game sheet is properly filled out and all information with respect to penalties is correctly recorded on the front of the game sheet.
- If the league you are officiating has there own game reports please use them and if the league does not you use the back of the game sheet.
- When completing a game report you need to provide as much detail as possible with respect to the incident. Do not just write what is on the front of the sheet. Provide the person who will be reading your report, information in order that he can envision what happened on the ice. As an example, when you have a check from behind penalty where a player is injured, if the player turned just before being hit, the league suspension may not be as severe when you write the details of the incident to the league official.
- Once you are happy with the report you have written, please sign the report and give it to the team official picking up the game sheet.
If you have any questions regarding the above or Match penalty on officials reporting please contact any member of your Region Executive for assistance.
These are critical documents and a part of the job we are paid to do. Remember there is some information that should be included in every game report:
- Game time
- Player name and number
- Rule number
- Period and time of infraction
A detailed description of the event is also very important. You should use descriptive language to paint a picture with your words. We cannot use video of the event even if there is one available. So, your report is the only official account. An example of why descriptive language is below and shows why it is needed.
SMITH struck his opponent on the shin pads with a one-handed slash. VS SMITH slashed his opponent on the leg.
JONES took a violent baseball type swing narrowly missing his opponent’s head. VS JONES missed his opponent with a slash.
Even though both accounts are true, the descriptions provide a very different understanding of what actually happened.
Other details that should be included are location on the ice, distances traveled, how other players on the ice reacted to the events, and how the player behaved on the way out of the game.
Stick to facts in your report. You can’t guess at things you didn’t actually see or what a player may have been thinking. Also, remember that only formal language should be used, the exception being when you are quoting someone.
Don’t include your phone number on the report. If there are questions the league will be able to contact you through your Region Executive.