Match on Official - NORTH

Procedure for filling out a Match on Official report:

1. Keep the white copy of game sheet and the incident report sheet.

2. Ensure the following:

  • You have the correct NUMBER of the player or NAME of the coach. If you do not know, ask. Be sure you know BEFORE you leave the arena.
  • The proper number and offence legibly printed on the game sheet.
  • The game sheet is properly completed, including:
    • Player Name
    • Team Name
    • Time and period in which penalty was assessed
    • Full description of the incident - include all possible factors that led to the incident (state facts, NOT opinions).
    • After you are satisfied all details of the incident have been reported, make sure your name and phone number appear legibly on the report.

3. In completing your report please include as much of the following as possible:

  • What led up to the incident?
  • Give approximate distances, (i.e. along the boards, approximately 10 feet from blue line).
    • Detail the degree of violence in the infraction, the extent of the injury to yourself, if any, and also what happened after the incident - did s/he leave without taking further action?
  • Use terms to describe the degree of violence (i.e. vicious two-handed slash).
  • Result of infraction (i.e. cut to the eye area).
  • State facts and what you saw only.
  • Reaction of all participants after the infraction.
  • When the player was ejected, did s/he cause further problems.

4. WITHIN 12 HOURS OF THE INCIDENT, contact your Regional Match Penalty Coordinator. Be prepared to supply the following information:

  • Your name and phone number
  • The teams involved
  • Names and phone numbers of fellow officials
  • Name and team of player or team official involved
  • The time, location and league of the game
  • Rule number to which the incident applies

5. The Match Penalty Coordinator will follow up to advise what will be done and how we will proceed.

RULE: Any player, goaltender or team official who, before, during or after a game: threatens the well-being of a Referee, Linesperson or any Off-Ice Official.

INTERPRETATION: This rule is applied to a situation where a player or team official makes threats of any nature towards an official. Under this rule there is no physical contact. A key distinguishing factor to make before calling a Match on Official under rule 11.5 (a) is if you genuinely felt threatened. If you feel that the actions fall under abuse or maltreatment those penalties should be assessed under rule 11.4.

IMPORTANT: If any Behaviour described in Rule 11.5 includes behaviour described in Rule 11.4 – Discrimination, the player, goaltender or team official must be penalized under Rule 11.4, in addition to 11.5 and any other penalties that individual might receive.

RULE: Any player, goaltender or team official who, before, during or after a game: attempts to strike a Referee, Linesperson, or any Off-Ice Official.

INTERPRETATION: This rule is applied to a situation where a player or team official attempts to strike an official in any manner. There is no physical contact between the official and the player or coach in this section of the rule. A key distinguishing factor to make before calling Rule 11.5 (b) is, was the attempt to strike intentional or was the action accidental. 

The key wording under this rule is ATTEMPTED to STRIKE (no contact made). If this occurs rule 11.5 (b) will apply.

IMPORTANT: If any Behaviour described in Rule 11.5 includes behaviour described in Rule 11.4 – Discrimination, the player, goaltender or team official must be penalized under Rule 11.4, in addition to 11.5 and any other penalties that individual might receive.

RULE: Any player, goaltender or team official who, before, during or after a game: deliberately touches, holds, or pushes a Referee, Linesperson or Off-Ice Official.

INTERPRETATION: This rule is applied to a situation where a player or team official makes physical contact with an official in any manner. In order for 11.5 (c) to apply a player/coach would need to intentionally touch, hold or push you. A key distinguishing factor to make before calling Rule 11.5 (c) is, was the physical contact intentional or was the action accidental.

IMPORTANT: If any Behaviour described in Rule 11.5 includes behaviour described in Rule 11.4 – Discrimination, the player, goaltender or team official must be penalized under Rule 11.4, in addition to 11.5 and any other penalties that individual might receive.

RULE: Any player, goaltender or team official who, before, during or after a game: deliberately strikes, trips or body checks a Referee, Linesperson or Off-Ice Official.

INTERPRETATION: This rule is applied to a situation where a player/team official deliberately, strikes, trips or body checks the official. The difference between 11.5(c) and 11.5 (d) is the way in which the contact is made. If the contact is a strike, a trip, or a body check then section (d) applies. Further, degree of violence is an important factor in deciding to apply this rule.

This section represents the most severe section of this rule.

A key distinguishing factor to make before calling Rule 11.5 (d) is, was the physical contact intentional or was the action accidental.

IMPORTANT: If any Behaviour described in Rule 11.5 includes behaviour described in Rule 11.4 – Discrimination, the player, goaltender or team official must be penalized under Rule 11.4, in addition to 11.5 and any other penalties that individual might receive.

RULE: A Match penalty shall be assessed to any player, goaltender or team official who deliberately spits on or at an opponent, Official, team official or any other individual.

INTERPRETATION: For this rule “Official” is defined as a Referee, Lineperson, or Off-Ice Official. A key distinguishing factor to make before calling Rule 11.3 is whether the spit was intentional or was it accidental.

IMPORTANT: If any Behaviour described in Rule 11.3 includes behaviour described in Rule 11.4 – Discrimination, the player, goaltender or team official must be penalized under Rule 11.4, in addition to 11.3 and any other penalties that individual might receive.

Match Penalty on Official - NORTH

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