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I’ll share some advice an old coach gave me when I chirped him. You’re a parent. You pay, drive and watch.
Lack of refs is the reply but USA Hockey says they have more refs now than ever before. How is this possible? Observations: All games on weekends now. Unless you are in bed with the assignor (or family), they won't assign you any good games so refs say screw it and don't go. Refs all get 1099s so now it is not appealing as a part time job. Oh and the parents, coaches and players are crazy.
Listen up crazy hockey parents real hockey ref here…
First the number of games every weekend is off the chart. If it isn’t some “showcase” or “invitational” there is useless or unnecessary hockey like middle school. The simple answer to a ref shortage is the following.
1. We all cherry pick games for a variety of reasons the most important is personal convenience. I pick games close to home that fit my personal schedule and are the most fun to work.
2. Programs that don’t pay get last priority. I have games I worked in November that have been paid. I turned down games last weekend at this organization that were eventually cancelled for no refs bc we all have a line we draw with payment expectations.
3. Programs that pay better get my attention first.
4. I see games that have Dbag coaches or parents and I avoid them all day. We all talk and share stories of pain in the ass teams, parents or parents.
The reality is if programs don’t pay on time and parents yell all the time eventually refs know not to pick the games. I was in a ref room the the other day with my partner and we were both finished. The assignor called my partner and asked of he would stay bc there was no one for the next two games. He said “you haven’t paid me for _____ games in 2-months so not a chance”. We both left and if the game was played it was officiated by coaches.