Vancouver Female Hockey Association
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Hi Returning Refs!


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 a lot different from the past pre-season clinics we have held.


The new refs won’t be a part of the pre-season clinic and they will be certifying on Labour Day, September 4th at Britannia (more info see:


The Saturday and Sunday will only have one group of returning officials so we won’t be having two streams of training happening simultaneously.  There will be the same instructors for both on-ice and off-ice training and from one day to the next to ensure continuity.  Dan Hanoomansingh and Sarah Lash will be the head instructors.


The returning officials are divided into 3 groups. Here’s the schedule:

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

Monday, August 14th from 5.30-10.15PM at Trout Lake Community Centre

  • 5.30-6.00PM:  Arrival (Lakewood Room)
  • 6.00-7.30PM:  Off-ice training
  • 7.30-7.50PM:  Pizza break
  • 7.50-8.45PM:  Off-ice training
  • 8.45-9.00PM:  Change for on-ice training
  • 9.00PM-10.15PM:  On-ice training

Tuesday, August 15th from 5.30-9.00PM at Britannia

  • 5.30-5.45PM:  Arrival (Room 111 at Britannia Secondary School)
  • 5.45-7.30PM:  Off-ice training
  • 7.30-7.45PM:  Change for on-ice training
  • 7.45PM-9.00PM:  On-ice training

Group B:  3rd year officials (2+ years’ experience)

Please note that you can also register for Group C if you wish to receive this additional training but don’t want to officiate the Major Midget games.  You get 2 additional days of training for only another $20.  Please note that for this option you must be registered for the Group B training.


Wednesday, August 16th from 5.30-10.15PM at Trout Lake Community Centre

  • 5.30-6.00PM:  Arrival (Board Room)
  • 6.00-7.15:  Off-ice training
  • 7.15-7.35PM:  Pizza break (Board Room)
  • 7.35-8.45PM:  Off-ice training
  • 8.45-9.00PM:  Change for on-ice training
  • 9.00PM-10.15PM:  On-ice training

Friday, August 18th from 5.30-9.45PM at Hillcrest

  • 5.30-5.45PM:  Arrival (Arts & Craft Room)
  • 5.45-6.15PM:  Off-ice training
  • 6.15-6.30PM:  Change for on-ice training
  • 6.30-7.30PM:  On-ice training
  • 7.30-7.45PM:  Change for off-ice training
  • 7.45-9.45PM:  Off-ice training

Group C:  Levels 2 & 3 being trained for Midget AAA (Major Midget) games

Please note that those officiating the Major Midget games will be limited to 9 (i.e. 3 groups of 3 officials will officiate one period each of the two games.  The officiating allowances will be shared).  If you are interested in this training, please register as early as possible because it will fill up quickly.

Saturday, August 19th , 8.30AM-4.30PM at Trout Lake Community Centre

  • 8.30-8.45AM:  Arrival (Board Room)
  • 8.45-9.00AM:  Change for on-ice training (Rink Change Room 1)
  • 9.00-10.00AM:  On-ice training
  • 10.00-10.15AM:  Change for off-ice training
  • 10.15-12.00PM:  Off-ice training (Board Room)
  • 12.00-12.30PM:  Lunch
  • 12.30-1.00PM:  Prepare and change for game
  • 1.00-3.15PM:  Game (3x 20 minute periods with 2x ice cleans)
  • 3.15-3.30PM:  Change for off-ice training
  • 3.30-4.30PM:  Game debrief (location TBA)

Sunday, August 20th , 8.30AM-2.15PM at Trout Lake Community Centre

  • 8.30-8.45AM:  Arrival (Board Room)
  • 8.45-9.00AM:  Change for game
  • 9.00-11.15AM:  Game (3x 20 minute periods with 2x ice cleans)
  • 11.15-11.30AM:  Change for off-ice training
  • 11.30-12.00PM:  Lunch (Board Room)
  • 12.00-2.00PM:  Game debrief and off-ice training (Board Room)

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. Why do I have to pay $60 to attend the pre-season clinic?
    To help pay for the cost of the ice, room rental and instructors.  It’s a bargain considering you will be taught by top senior officials.
  4. 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.
  5. When is the deadline for registering?
    July 31, 2017, 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.
  6. Can adult female returning officials attend?

What you should do:

  1. 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: 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 (


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