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For Referees

Richmond Ravens Hockey encourages girls from within their organization 12 years and older to become referees. It’s a great way to gain a better understanding of the game while earning some pocket money. 

Ravens Refs

Referee Resources:

Hockey Canada Rule Book:

Officiating Duties for Referees and Linespersons:

Officiating Procedures:

Dressing Room Etiquette:

PCAHA Rule Book:

PCAHA Referee & Linesperson allowances:

Game incident reporting (how-to video):

Ravens Tournament Officials:

The Ravens host two (2) tournament annually;

  • Rep Classic – October 20 – 22, 2023
    The Rep Classic features A and AA divisions for U13, U15 and U18.  In 2023, we hosted teams from across BC, Alberta, Ontario, Idaho and Washington State.

  • Ice Classic – March 29 – 31, 2024 
    The Ice Classic features C divisions for all ages from U7 up to U21.  In 2023, we hosted teams from across BC, Alberta, Yukon, Washington and Oregon States.

Our Ravens tournaments are assigned by our local RIC and are an opportunity to showcase all our talented and qualified officials in the lower mainland.

Referee intake opens 4-weeks prior to each tournament with schedules published approximately 2-weeks in advance.  Check back closer to the tournament dates for more information and sign up links.

*** Intake is now open for officials interested in working at the Ice Classic.  Please use the link below to enter your information and availability.  The Ice Classic is an opportunity to showcase our local female officials and as such, priority will be given to qualified female officials.  Intake will close on March 1st with schedules published by March 15th.  ***

New Officials Information: 

New officials will attend a local new officials clinic at the beginning of the season.  The clinic has a classroom and an on-ice component that will cover the skills and understanding needed to begin officiating.

There are three age groups for new officials:

  • U7/U9:  11 years old (as of 31 December of the current year).
  • Level 1:  12 to 15 years old (as of 31 December of the current year).
  • Level 2:  those 16 years old, and older (as of 31 December of the current year).

To ensure all new Ravens officials are provided with ample opportunities to work games, space is limited and capacity is based on total Ravens teams formed for the season and number of anticipated opportunities for new and returning officials.  While capacity may change annually, the goal is to provide meaningful experiences for officials to work a sufficient number of games each season to develop and maintain proficiency.   

New officials will begin by working U7 and U9 cross-ice games with older officials lining U11 and U13 games.  As a part of our Ravens program, on-ice “shadow” referees will be assigned to work with officials for their first game(s) at each position/level.

The prerequisite for all new officials to register for the BC Hockey Officiating Clinic is to complete Hockey Canada’s Hockey University, which is an online course. Hockey University takes about 3 hours to complete and can be done anytime during the year and can be completed in multiple sessions. It is recommended that you fully complete each module at a time as it tends to “forget” where you stopped part way through a module and, when you return to complete the module, puts you back at the beginning of the incomplete module, which is annoying. Start the next module just to make sure it know that you are done the previous module. Please note that it is important to complete the survey at the end in order to be recognized for completing Hockey University. PLEASE NOTE THAT HOCKEY UNIVERSITY WILL NEED TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOU CAN REGISTER FOR THE CERTIFICATION CLINIC.

*** Thank for your your interest in becoming a new official.  Intake for the 2024 – 2025 season will open in May. ***

Registration for the 2024 – 2025 officiating season will open in late spring/early summer of 2024 and the link will be posted on this site.  We again remind that space is limited.

Returning Referees:   

All Ravens returning referees that wish to continue officiating must attend a re-certification “Super Clinic” in the fall of each season.  Super Clinics are usually published in August of each year and will be offered in central locations around the lower mainland in September, October and November.   It is important to register as early as possible as the clinics fill up very quickly.  If you do not re-certify before December 31, you will not be eligible to officiate after January 1.

18 years and older officials (as of 31 December of the current year) must have a valid Criminal Record Check (CRC) prior to registration. NOTE: CRC submissions may take multiple weeks to be verified and updated on your Hockey Canada Profile, so it is advisable to submit your application early in the summer.

Sign up for a Super Clinic: