Level System

LEVEL 1

The purpose of Level I is to prepare new officials to begin officiating minor hockey. The SHA Referee's Division currently has 1,647 male and 168 female officials that are Level I.

To become a Level I with the SHA, an individual would complete the online modules and then attend a half-day clinic where the official would be instructed on rules, procedures, and equipment requirements. At the end of the clinic, the official is presented with a certificate certifying them for the upcoming hockey season.

Numbers taken from Hockey Canada Registration Database.

LEVEL 2

The purpose of a Level II is to further develop an official’s skills and abilities. At this level, the official would continue to mostly work in the minor hockey division. The SHA Referee’s Division currently has 755 male and 54 female officials that are Level II.

To become a Level II with the SHA, an individual would have to be at least 16 years of age or older as of Dec. 31, complete the online modules, and attend a half-day clinic. At the end of the clinic, the official is presented with a certificate certifying them for the upcoming hockey season.

A first-year official who is 17 years of age or older can start at Level II based on their skills, abilities and the mark they receive on the exam. Level I & II are the only Hockey Canada levels that can be attained in the same year.

Numbers taken from Hockey Canada Registration Database.

LEVEL 3

The purpose of a Level III is to prepare officials to start working higher calibers of hockey along with their minor hockey. For example, a Level III could lines SJHL, PJHL, Midget AAA, and Senior. Level III’s can also be linesmen in a Midget Regional Championship.

They are also capable of working Minor Hockey Regional Playoffs and Female National Championships as both a referee and linesmen.

The SHA Referee’s Division currently has 245 male and 9 female officials that are Level III.To become a Level III with the SHA, an individual must be 16 or older and have been a Level II for one year. The official must attain at least an 80% on the Level III exam at the clinic. The official must then pass an on-ice evaluation during a game, which would be performed by a qualified SHA Officiating Supervisor.

The decision on whether or not an official becomes a Level III is not decided by the official, but is decided by the Referee’s Division in which the official works. Being certified as a Level II official does not mean the official will be asked to try and achieve their Level III.

Numbers taken from Hockey Canada Registration Database.

LEVEL 4

The purpose of Level IV is to prepare officials to become a referee in Senior, SJHL, and Midget AAA. A Level IV official can referee Minor Hockey Regional and National Championships, Female National Championships and designated Minor Hockey IIHF competition. A Level IV linesmen can work the WHL, SJHL, Senior, CIS, Inter-Branch and IIHF competition.

The SHA Referee’s Division currently has 42 male and 5 female Level IV officials.

To become a Level IV, an official is chosen by the SHA Referee’s Division to attend a weekend camp. Being certified as a Level III official does not mean the official will be asked to attend the Level IV weekend camp. This camp is an invitation-only camp.

At the Level IV camp, the officials referee hockey games, are tested for their off-ice fitness (which consists of a beep test, sit-ups, push-ups, and chin-ups), and write a State Referee’s Decision exam, which the official must achieve an 80% or higher.

At the end of the camp, the official must then pass two on-ice evaluations during a game, which would be performed by a qualified SHA Officiating Supervisor.

When an official has successfully completed all required tasks, a certificate will be mailed to the official.

Numbers taken from Hockey Canada Registration Database.

LEVEL 5

The purpose of Level V is to prepare officials to become a referee in the WHL, SJHL, Senior, CIS, and Inter-Branch Playoffs.

The SHA Referee’s Division currently has 25 male & 1 female Level V officials.

To become a Level V, an official is chosen by the SHA Referee’s Division to attend a weekend camp. Being certified as a Level IV official does not mean the official will be asked to attend the Level V weekend camp.

At the Level V camp, the officials referee hockey games, are tested for their off-ice fitness (which consists of a beep test, sit-ups, push-ups, and chin-ups), and write a “State Referee’s Decision” exam, which the official must achieve 90% or higher.

At the end of the camp, the official must then pass one on-ice evaluation during a game, which would be performed by a qualified SHA Officiating Supervisor.

When an official has successfully completed all required tasks, a certificate will be mailed to the official.

Numbers taken from Hockey Canada Registration Database.

LEVEL 6

The purpose of Level VI is to prepare officials to referee at National Championship finals and designated IIHF competition (i.e. Memorial Cup, Royal Bank Cup, Allan Cup, Hardy Cup, University Cup, World Championships, Olympics, FISU Games).

To become a Level VI, the SHA Referee’s Division submits nominations to the Hockey Canada National Office, where they are reviewed by an established committee. The official will have been certified as a Level V official for a minimum of one year.

The Level VI camp is put on by Hockey Canada, and takes place in a location that is specified by Hockey Canada.  Level VI clinics are held based on the national need for Level VI's. The Hockey Canada Manager, Officiating is responsible for the organization of the site and program, establishing criteria and review of the candidate’s qualifications.

The camp is held for a minimum 4 days of instruction. The Level VI candidate must participate in all sessions of the clinic. The must attain a minimum of 90% on the “State Referee’s Decision Exam”.

After the official passes the exam, they must then pass a practical on-ice evaluation, performed by a national supervisor. The official must also complete a written assignment assigned by the Hockey Canada Referee-in-Chief.

The SHA Referee’s Division currently has 8 male Level VI officials.

 

Numbers taken from Hockey Canada Registration Database.

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