Vancouver Female Ice Hockey Association
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New Refs BC Hockey Officiating Clinic

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:

  • 8.30-9.00AM:  Arrival, sale of used ref gear & collection of purchased whistles, Sunset Rink (390 East 51st Avenue, Vancouver) in the Warm Room (It's above the skate shop and access is also available via Prince Edward Street)
  • 9.00AM-12.15PM:  Off-ice training
  • 12.15-12.45PM:  Lunch
  • 12.45-1.00PM:  Changing for on-ice training
  • 1.00-2.45PM:  On-ice training
  • 2.45-3.00PM:  Changing for off-ice training.
  • 3.00-4.00PM: Off-ice training

Closer to the time (usually a week before the clinic), you will be provided with a link where you can sign up for the BC Hockey Officiating Clinic.

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:

2018 BC Hockey Officiating Clinic for New Officials Pre-Registration

Closes:   September 02, 2018  08:42 am

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:  Based on previous years’ experience, it will be very close to the time.  Often it is the week before.

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 for registering before the BC Hockey Officiating Clinic (but not before pre-registering above).
  5. Closer to the time of the clinic, you will be emailed a link to register for the BC Hockey Officiating Clinic.

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

Best regards,

Dairobi Paul

Vancouver Female Ice Hockey Association

Association Referee-in-Chief