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In operation since 1995, the school program now encompasses three (3) locations across the OMHA:

WEST - Windsor; CENTRAL - Guelph and; EAST - Trenton

The extremely successful and popular school format provides  NEW officials with methods and procedures of officiating in both the 2 and 3 official systems. They will also instruct uniform interpretation of the rules while teaching effective communication strategies and techniques. By completing the weekend, students will acquire officiating skills and rule knowledge while completing OMHA and Hockey Canada certification requirements for the upcoming season. 

The weekend will include an intensive, action packed agenda which will include three classroom instructional sessions, two on-ice training sessions and a final written certification exam.

The schools have grown to the point where they now attract officials from across the province.

2021 OMHA Referee Schools

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety for all participants, the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) and Force Sports, sponsor of the OMHA Referee Program, have Cancelled the three centralized Referee Schools for new officials in the fall of 2021:

NOTE: For new Officials or those interested in getting started - contact your local Minor Hockey Association to confirm a need for new officials, when games will take place & how this fits your schedule. Information specific to each School location is listed below along with School Registrar contact information

School Objectives:

  • To teach the methods and procedures of officiating in both the 2 and 3 official systems
  • To instruct uniform interpretation of the rules
  • To provide each official with on-ice sessions to acquaint them with the duties of the referee and linesmen
  • To provide each official with an opportunity to improve overall officiating performance
  • To learn effective communication strategies and techniques

Participant Information

  • All school functions will be alcohol free. The Liquor License Act will be enforced in all school facilities
  • Successful completion of the School Program will provide the participant with Hockey Canada/OMHA registration & certification for the coming season


“Great school & course. The best I`ve ever been to. All material & delivery of information was very professional.”

“This school was well worth the money.”

“If you don`t learn from this course, you won`t learn from any course!”

“Instructors are always ready to help.”

“Accommodations and meals were great!!”

“A very relaxed yet disciplined atmosphere. Supervision and instruction were superb.”

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