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Written by: Jessica Doiron The choice to become a hockey official comes with many rewards; in addition to the opportunity to bring order and apply rules to the game, it is beneficial health-wise and comes with a monetary reward. However, being a hockey official does come with its ups and downs. It’s all about how you and your fellow officials work as a team that will help you to deal with the “downs” of the job. To be effective, you must always be aware of your surroundings and have quick reflexes to help keep the players and yourself safe. Most...

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Let’s face it — most hockey playing kids don’t grow up wanting to become referees. A kid doesn’t go to bed at night dreaming about calling that critical tripping penalty in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. I was the same way. As a hockey player I always had dreams of making it as a player, of being the one that scores the goals and gets to lift the cup. Well, according to the book Selling the Dream: How Hockey Parents and Their Kids are Paying the Price for Our National Obsession, only 0.02 percent of hockey playing boys in Ontario will...

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This is an excerpt from our eBook – The Referee’s Manual. To learn through online courses from top officials – be sure to check out Team Stripes Academy.  Teamwork is a trait a good official must have. Regardless of whether you are a linesman or a referee, each of you is part of a team. We need to […]

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This might seem to be common sense, but rule knowledge is quite important in moving to the higher levels. We all know the basics, but it is the obscure or rarely read rules that are often the most important to know. When trying to move up the ranks of the officiating world – it is […]

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A crucial part of being a good official is to understand what our roles are within the game itself. Of course, you can figure this out by reading a rulebook, […]

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