Become a Hockey Official!
If you want to become a hockey official, here is all the info you need! Officiating hockey games is fun and a great way to use all the knowledge you have learned as a player. It's also a great way to make money, as most games pay around $20/game. You are able to schedule yourself so it is very flexible. Anyone that is 12 years of age before December 1st of this year can become an official.
If you want to stay in the loop with when seminars open, etc, please fill out this form to be added to the mailing list of current Officials within the DPYH and High School Voyageur teams:
How to Register
If you turn 12 before November 5, 2022 you are eligible to officiate during the 2022-2023 season. You must register with USA Hockey and WHOA at wihoa.org & complete all requirements before you can begin officiating. Click on the links below to get started.
Once you have registered to become an official, you will need to attend a seminar to learn to ropes. Each year you will need to do this, whether you choose to stay at Level 1 or advance your career. Seminars typically open up on mid-July and have a capacity limit, so register as early as possible. The seminar link can be found below:
You will need to invest in some reffing equipment before your first seminar. Below is a list of what you will need:
- Black Helmet and 1/2 visor
- Referee Shirt
- Black pants that will fit over shinguards*
- Protective Cup (for boys)
- Duffel bag to carry gear in
*If you are not sure if you will like Officiating, I would recommend just using wide legged sweatpants that will fit over your shinguards for the first season, as they are cheaper than buying the "official" pants.
Here are a few links to where you can purchase "kits" to save some money..
Zebra's Club (Ships fast)
Ref Gear Bag: the Athletico Hockey Backpack is $70, but it's a backpack and the perfect size for getting through hallways/storing in the smaller ref locker rooms during games. A larger duffel bag or a mite sized Bauer-type bag would also work if you want to save money starting out.