The Ontario Minor Hockey Association in partnership with Force Sports, will once again host OMHA Referee Schools to train and mentor new officials. With the introduction of a new format this year, there will be four schools, hosted September 16-17, 2023 in Milton, Oshawa and Windsor and September 23-24, 2023 in Strathroy. The weekends will include classroom instructional sessions, on-ice training and a written certification exam.
NOTE: For interested new officials - contact your local Minor Hockey Association to confirm a need for new officials, when games are scheduled and how this best fits your schedule.
The OMHA Referee Schools provide new officials with methods and procedures of officiating in both the 2 and 3 official systems, as well as the new guidelines for modified ice hockey. They will also instruct uniform interpretation of the rules while teaching effective communication strategies and techniques. Students will acquire officiating skills and rule knowledge while completing OMHA and Hockey Canada qualification requirements for the upcoming season.
“The Schools set the foundation for our new officials, providing the students a learning environment in the classroom that encourages participation and active on ice modules which illustrate the fundamentals of the officiating program,” said Dave Wedlake, Chair, Referee Program for the OMHA. “The OMHA has been delivering the Referee School Program for over 20 years, which indicates the high standard and value of this program.”
“The combination of classroom and on-ice sessions provides a unique learning environment for new officials,” stated Ian Taylor, OMHA Executive Director. “This program has been a starting point for numerous officials who have had a successful career officiating at the minor hockey level with some moving on to Junior, International and Professional careers.”
For more information including how to register, visit the OMHA Referee School page.
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