Vancouver Female Ice Hockey Association
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New Refs BC Hockey Officiating Clinic

Important changes as of August 17 have been made to the clinic.  Please read below.

The clinic was originally going to be held at Sunset Rink from 8.30AM to 4.00PM.  It is now going to be at Killarney Community Centre from 9.30AM to 4.30PM.  The following information has been amended to recognize these changes.

We are hosting a BC Hockey Officiating Clinic for new referees on Labour Day, Monday, September 3rd.  This is open to all members of the Vancouver Female IHA who will be at least 12 years old as of December 31st , 2018.  Parents are very welcome to register.  The clinic is open to female players and adults from other associations, too.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9.30-10.00AM:  Arrival, sale of used ref gear & collection of purchased whistles, Killarney Community Centre (Room 203, 6260 Killarney St, Vancouver).  To get to Room 203 enter via the main community centre entrance (pool will be on your left).  Walk straight past reception and on your left will be a set of stairs to the 2nd floor.  The room is 1/2 way down the hallway on your left.
  • 10.00AM-12.15PM:  Off-ice training
  • 12.15-12.45PM:  Lunch
  • 12.45-1.45PM:  Continuation of off-ice training.
  • There will be 2x on-ice sessions and the group will be divided into equal halves where one group will be on ice from 2.00-3.00PM and the other will be on ice from 3.00-4.00PM.  The group not on ice will be continuing with the off-ice training.
  • Group 1
  • 1.45-2.00PM:  Changing for on-ice training
  • 2.00-3.00PM:  On-ice training
  • 3.00-3.15PM:  Changing for off-ice training.
  • 3.15-4.30PM:  Off-ice training
  • Group 2
  • 1.45-2.45PM:  Off-ice training
  • 2.45-3.00PM:  Changing for on-ice training
  • 3.00-4.00PM:  On-ice training
  • 4.00-4.15PM:  Changing for off-ice training.
  • 4.15-4.30PM:  Off-ice training

As of August 18th, those who have pre-registered will have received an email with a link where you can sign up for the BC Hockey Officiating Clinic.  You can only use the link if you have pre-registered.

Here are the clinic costs:

  • $24.00 (plus GST) Hockey University (online course which needs to be completed before attending BC Hockey Officiating Clinic. Here's the link .  Select *HU - ONLINE Officiating 1/2)
  • $87.00 (plus GST) BC Hockey Officiating Clinic for 12 to 15 years olds (Level 1)
  • $97.00 (plus GST) BC Hockey Officiating Clinic for 16 years old and older (Level 2 –NB:  Level 1 & 2 are based on age only)
  • $46.55 (plus GST) Administration and insurance fee if you are not registered as a player or coach with a minor hockey association.

If you would like to become a referee, please pre-register online here:


As part of the registration process you can purchase the mandatory ACME Thunderer Fingergrip Whistle at a significantly reduced price (approximately $8.00 cheaper than at a retail store).  Our thanks to REFcore Canada   The purchased whistles will be handed out at the clinic.  Also, please drop me an email right away ( ) so that I can track who is attending.

Here’s some FAQ’s:

Q1:  Why is it so expensive to become a certified official?

A:  BC Hockey’s costs include the instructors, Hockey Canada rules books, BC Hockey and Hockey Canada badges for the ref uniforms, a small rebate to the association per attendee and it is one of their main sources of income to run BC Hockey.

Q2:  What is Hockey University?

A:  It is an online training course that is a prerequisite to be completed before you register and attend a BC Hockey Officiating Clinic for new refs (there are no exceptions to this policy) .  You can interrupt the course and return to complete it at another time.  Don’t forget to complete the survey at the end, otherwise it’s considered you haven’t completed the course. Please note that you can register for Hockey University anytime (even now) before you register for the BC Hockey Officiating Clinic.  Here’s the link (have your credit card ready…)

Q3:  When will I be able to register for the BC Hockey Officiating Clinic?

A:  Right now.  If you have pre-registered you will have received an email with a link you can sign up.  If not, email

Q4:  What will I need to bring to the clinic?

A:  Closer to the time a list will be sent.

Q5:  Is it possible to get 2nd hand ref gear?

A:  Yes.  There will be used ref gear for sale before the clinic starts.

Q6:  When is the deadline for registering?

A:  August 15, 2018, but check the pre-registration link to see if there are still places available.  Please register as early as possible so that we know how many new refs we need to allow for.

Q7:  Can adults really attend?

A:  Yes, of course.  Please keep in mind that the clinic is focussed on training our children, but you won’t get a better training locally than what we provide.  There is a real need for adult officials and, if you like hockey, it’s a wonderful activity that will keep you fit and in good spirits, plus you get paid!

Steps to follow to register for the clinic:

  1. Email me if you are wanting to attend the clinic .
  2. Pre-register using the Registration Form link above
  3. If you are 18 years old, or older and do not have a current Criminal Record Check (CRC) for BC Hockey, please follow the instructions on the BC Hockey web page must be done ASAP so that you can register for the BC Hockey Officiating Clinic.
  4. Complete the Hockey University module ASAP .  It must be completed before registering for the BC Hockey Officiating Clinic (but not before pre-registering above).
  5. Register for the BC Hockey Officiating Clinic by using the link emailed to you.  You can only use the link if you have pre-registered.

If you have any further questions, please send me an email ( ).

Best regards,

Dairobi Paul

Vancouver Female Ice Hockey Association

Association Referee-in-Chief