Saskatchewan Officiating Development Model


The Saskatchewan Hockey Association Referee’s Division continues to the find ways to support and grow official coaching and development at the grassroots levels. During the 2018-19 season 8 Grassroots Zone Seminars were held in the province to help recruit and educate those interested in being an official’s coach. The SHA Referee’s Division plans to expand on this project with three more seminars held this season (November -December). These are open to senior officials, minor hockey board members and others who are interested in helping to mentor officials and be compensated for their time and efforts.

The focus of these seminars is to review the best practices to be teaching officials working minor and/or senior hockey. As well, as what are some key topics to look for at each level of hockey an official is working. We will also discuss key areas of focus for official coaches, how to deliver and complete the coaching and online forms and other valued information to help develop officials in your community and the surrounding area.

With these efforts we hope to expand the knowledge of officiating and help minor hockey associations understand the importance of recruitment and retention of their officials and the development of all involved. The idea that officials are simply needed so a hockey game can be played doesn’t give them a fair opportunity to develop like we look to have the players themselves develop.

Please check back once the dates have been confirmed for a seminar near you and if you have any questions you can contact Manager, Officiating Development Trent Cey ( or Head Officials Coach Lyle Wilhelm (

SaskFirst Male Program

Male officials aged 15+ who are looking to receive elite coaching and continue their development as officials, who are looking to be introduced to the high-performance stream of officiating are encouraged to register for the Bantam SaskFirst Regional Camps. There will be two camps and officials will be assigned a camp based on location and the numbers of registered officials. These camps will take place Friday, November 29 – Sunday December 1.

Officials will receive coaching from Saskatchewan Officiating Development Model Committee members and Zone Coordinators, and they will be ranked among their peers. These camps will feature on-ice, game and classroom instruction.

Officials are required to b at the entire camp. Hotel rooms will be provided for those officials from outside the radius of the host camps in either Saskatoon or Regina. Officials will be own their own for meals based on their schedule. Per Diems and Mileage will be paid to officials by cheque following the camp from the SHA. There will be no game fees paid for this development camp opportunity.

Officials will work both roles as a referee and linesman during the camp.

From this camp officials will be contact to work other tournaments including the Bantam SaskFirst Prep Tournament Dec. 27-29 and the Bantam Top 80 Tournament Feb. 14-16, but ultimately, they are competing for one of 20 spots for the Midget SaskFirst Tournament April 16-19.

The goal of these camps is to is to introduce officials to high-performance hockey and the expectations while they continue with their development and work towards earning roster spots in SODM leagues.

Registration deadline is November 21st. Please submit all registrations prior to No. 21st, 2019.

Registration is now CLOSED

SaskFirst U18 Male Regional Camp

Officials are encouraged to register to work camp sessions for the U18 Male SaskFirst Program Saturday, February 1-2, 2019 in Lumsden and Aberdeen. This camp provides the opportunity for officials to work in both referee and linesman roles and receive feedback from an official’s coach. This camp is open to any official elidable to work midget hockey who is interested in feedback to increase their development or simply an opportunity to get on the ice a bit more and work with other officials.

The sessions are 45 minutes long and game fees of $40 for referees and $30 for linesmen will be paid. Officials will also receive mileage for the assigned games. Officials who have to travel a distance may be assigned games only one of the two days, so they do not require a hotel room and can travel to camp and home in the same day.

The schedule will be sent out once registration is closed.

Registration is now closed.

SaskFirst Female Program

Female Officials, ages 15+ are invited to apply to officiate the U18 Female Provincial Camp in Southey, SK. and U16 Female Regional Camps in Avonlea and Delmany February 1-2, 2020. Participants will be placed in either one of the camps based on their location, age and experience. Officials will receive coaching and evaluation from Official Coaches and high-level female officials at these camps, which gives them an opportunity to receive additional coaching to help with their development and get exposed to high level hockey in a controlled environment. This will also provide an opportunity for female officials to compete with their peers for selections of the Esso Cup in Prince Albert at the end of the season.

Officials will be required to be committed to both days of the camp.

Officials from outside the host centres will be provided with hotel rooms either at the Regina Ramada Plaza or Delta Hotels Marriot in Saskatoon as well as mileage and per diems for meals not provided at the camp. There are no game fees being paid for ice sessions for officials.

Officials will be put on the ice in both a linesman and referee role during the weekend.

Officials from these camps will be ranked and the top officials will be invited to attend the Female SaskFirst U16 & U18 Tournaments April 10-12, 2020 in Regina.

 Registration Is now closed.

For more information please contact:
Trent Cey
Manager, Officiating Development
Saskatchewan Hockey Association
Tel (306) 789-5101


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