Officiating is a significant component of the game of hockey. Without officials, there is no game. It is officials passion and dedication to the game of hockey, that makes the game possible for over 13,500 kids in Calgary.
How to become a certified official:
To become certified as an official in Calgary you need to take part in an officials certification clinic.
To officiate you must be at least 13 years of age.
CZRC officiating clinics and dates
Who officiates what divisions? Who assigns the officials?
Referees/Linesmen for Novice or Atom are assigned by the Community Referee Coordinator of the Host Association/Team.
For Pee Wee Division 4 and lower, the CZRC will assign the referee only and the linesmen are assigned by the Community Referee Coordinator.
For all Pee Wee Divisions 1-3, Bantam, Midget, Junior and Female games, the officials are assigned by CZRC.
What do you need to become an official?
- Black CSA certified helmet
- CSA certified half visor
- Elbow pads
- Metal or black plastic whistle
- Athletic support and cup
- Measuring tape
- Black polished skates with white laces
- Hockey Canada Rule Book
- Shin Pads
- Clean official's black and white sweater with Hockey AB crest on front left side and Hockey Canada on the left arm
- Black, pressed pants
*** Please note that a black Mesh Under Arm jersey is illegal
ADDITIONAL ITEMS - Please note that these items are not mandatory!
- Approved Stick gauge
- Rule Book/Case Book Combination
- Needle and thread
- Hockey puck
- Referee pad and pencil
- Off-ice Officials Manual
- Officiating Procedures Manual
- Protective girdle
- Black referee bag
- Extra safety pins
- Skate stone
- Extra white laces
- Extra whistle
- Towel and soap
Hockey Calgary and Hockey Canada Rule Books
Hockey Canada's Officiating Certification Levels
Hockey Canada Officiating Bulletins
Hockey Canada Downloads
Hockey Canada Standard of Play
Hockey Canada Rule Emphasis
Officiating Health and Wellness Info
NHL Officiating Training Camps
Calgary Central Zone Referees Council website
NDL Officiating Manual and Clinics