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Returning Refs Pre-Season Clinic

Hi Returning Refs!

Good news!  There won't be a registration fee for the Pre-Season Clinic thanks to funding secured by VFIHA.

We are running a pre-season officiating clinic, again, this year at the end of August to get you prepared for the new hockey season.  This year is going to be similar to last year in that we will be having it run in the late afternoon/evening.

The new refs won’t be a part of the pre-season clinic and they will be certifying on Labour Day, September 3rd at Sunset Rink (for more info please see: http://www.vancouvergirlshockey.com/new-referee-pre-season-clinic/).

There will be the same instructors for both on-ice and off-ice training and from one day to the next to ensure continuity.  When we did it this way last year we found it much better than in previous years.

Sarah Lash will be the head instructor for Group A (2nd year officials).

Sarah Lash and Dan Hanoomansingh will be the head instructors for Group B (3rd + year officials).

The returning officials are divided into 2 groups. Here’s the schedule:

Group A:  2nd year officials (1 year’s experience)

Wednesday, August 29th from 4.15-9.00PM at Sunset Rink (390 East 51st Avenue)

  • 4.15-4.30PM:  Arrival (Warm Room at the top of the rink --entry via Prince Edward Street)
  • 4.30-5.30PM:  Off-ice training
  • 5.30-6.00PM:  Pizza break
  • 6.00-7.15PM:  Off-ice training
  • 7.15-7.30PM:  Change for on-ice training
  • 7.30-9.00PM:  On-ice training

Thursday, August 30th from 4.15-9.15PM at Sunset Rink (390 East 51st Avenue)

  • 4.15-4.30PM:  Arrival (Warm Room at the top of the rink --entry via Prince Edward Street)
  • 4.30-5.30PM:  Off-ice training
  • 5.30-6.00PM:  Meal break
  • 6.00-7.30PM:  Off-ice training
  • 7.30-7.45PM:  Change for on-ice training
  • 7.45-9.15PM:  On-ice training

2018 Referees' Pre-Season Clinic (Returning Official: 1 year's experience)

 Open
Closes:   August 22, 2018  09:42 am

Group B:  3rd year and more officials (2 years’ or more experience)

Monday, August 27th from 4.15-9.15PM at Sunset Rink (390 East 51st Avenue)

  • 4.15-4.30PM:  Arrival (Warm Room at the top of the rink --entry via Prince Edward Street)
  • 4.30-5.30PM:  Off-ice training
  • 5.30-6.00PM:  Pizza break
  • 6.00-7.30PM:  Off-ice training
  • 7.30-7.45PM:  Change for on-ice training
  • 7.45-9.15PM:  On-ice training

Tuesday, August 28th from 4.15-9.00PM at Sunset Rink (390 East 51st Avenue)

  • 4.15-4.30PM:  Arrival (Warm Room at the top of the rink --entry via Prince Edward Street)
  • 4.30-5.30PM:  Off-ice training
  • 5.30-6.00PM:  Meal break
  • 6.00-7.15PM:  Off-ice training
  • 7.15-7.30PM:  Change for on-ice training
  • 7.30-9.00PM:  On-ice training

2018 Referees' Pre-Season Clinic (Returning Official: 2 year's or more experience)

 Open
Closes:   August 22, 2018  09:42 am

Here’s some FAQ’s:

  1. Why can’t I get certified at this clinic?
    Despite asking every year for the officials to get certified at our clinic, BC Hockey will not allow it.  They want all Lower Mainland returning officials to attend one of their super clinics to be certified.  If they allow us to have officials certified, then they say they will have to allow all other associations to be able to have their officials certified at their own clinics.  Put simply, BC Hockey makes more money certifying at the super clinics because they can maximize their instructor to attendees ratio. Apart from the certification fees paying for the instructors, Hockey Canada rules books, BC Hockey and Hockey Canada badges for the ref uniforms, it is one of their main sources of income to run BC Hockey.
  2. Why is this clinic always in late August?
    Ideally it would be in September when everyone is back from the summer vacations, but because of lack of ice time in the regular season and because some refs are involved with rep tryouts we have opted for the end of August in order to provide the best combination of off and on ice training.  It’s also when the instructors have no other hockey commitments.
  3. Is it mandatory to attend?
    Yes, for Vancouver Female Association officials.  As an official you should be always trying to improve your understanding and skills.  The clinic will have you much better prepared for the new season.  It is also an opportunity for the BC Hockey supervisors who select officials for the provincial championships and other higher level games to get to know you.
  4. When is the deadline for registering?
    July 31, 2018, but check the 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.
  5. Can adult female returning officials attend?
    Yes.

What you should do:

  1. Vancouver Female officials need to email me if you will or won’t be attending the clinic.
  2. Register online.
  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:  http://www.bchockey.net/Files/ONLINE CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK  PROCESS FINAL 2016-08-25.pdfThis must be done ASAP so that you can register for a super clinic in September and officiate in the new season.

 

If you have any further questions, please send me an email (ref@vancouvergirlshockey.com)

We are looking forward to seeing you in August.

Let us know right away if you are planning to attend.

 

All the best,

Dairobi Paul

Association RIC

Vancouver Female Ice Hockey Association