People don't want to deal with people like you. And yelling at the ref does not get you anywhere except embarrass your poor kid who is trying to do his best and have fun
1) Pay them more
2) Limit then to 4 games a day for Bantams and above, 6 for ages below
3) Require stronger certifications at each level
4) Implement rating system and spot checks by Referee In Chief
5) Just like players, video review of all games with reported BS
The problem with the refs is it still works on the Good old boy system. My son went two years ago and became a ref, his first year he worked maybe 25 Squirt C games. He repeatedly asked for more work and was denied. One of my best friends who has a very well paying 9-5 , also refs on the weekends and is very good friends with the ref scheduler would routinely get 10 games a weekend just because of his friend. So what's the incentive for a young kid to keep at it when they get no games, get harassed unmercifully by **** head parents and coaches for not much $$$ a season. It's really not a shock there is a shortage of refs.
I have trouble imagining how much of a complete loser a grown man must be to come on this board and complain about the ref's at a youth hockey game. Aside from safety there is nothing even remotely important in the grand scheme of things about the outcome of any game. I doubt the OP is complaining about safety issues. More likely concerned that the ref didn't see the "obvious" tripping or hook of his son that prevented him from scoring the winning goal. The ref's I have known are good people giving their time and doing their best for short money and a lot of abuse from armchair idiots. Just like you teach your kid to shake hands and say good game with the opposing team (win or lose) after a game they should be thanking the refs as well.
Sorry your kid plays rec....
All I really want from the refs is to ensure the kids are safe and keep the game as clean as possible. Refs are part of the game at every level and they are human. Mistakes do happen. At the youth level they are not full time employees and I feel most refs do their best.