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I'm a ref and do keep up with ongoing training sessions but I've yet to find a seminar or program that teaches you how to ref solo. Please pass along any continuing training sessions that address this and I'll be happy to take a look. I've been taught how to ref in a two, three and four man system. I worked four solo games this past weekend and didn't ask to be solo on any of them. Back to the OP, we can use your help, lace em up and lend a hand.
I can’t ref games. I have 3 kids in sports all fall and winter. I agree that at the very least two refs are needed on full ice. I’m willing to pay more in tuition to get the refs the help they need. Is money the issue? Btw I have never yelled at a ref or even thought about. I shut up, sit by myself during games. It’s just hard to watch an official do a bad job, get confrontational with a coach and literally laugh about it after a game.
I actually want to start officiating but cant until he go to a seminar. However, there are no more seminars to attend within a 100 miles of my house. Mass Hockey put a nice spin on the issue, but the bottom line is Mass Hockey is doing nothing to recruit officials.
Just visit the official seminar registration page and take a look at the opportunities for new officials in all other areas of the country. MN - 32 upcoming seminars. NY - 18 MD - 5 even Maine has 8. Massachusetts scheduled seminars for new officials ZERO! Pretty obvious what the issue is.
2 officials are needed at full ice games. Too much is missed with one official. Parents should never bark at officials but coaches have a little more at steak. The situation is unfortunate for all so if money is the issue than leagues and orgs need to increase the pay to attract more refs.
Dont they understand my child plays in the elite level hockey and needs elite referring to ensure he gets a D1 Scholarship.
what is the pay for a mite or squirt game?
What is the big deal with Mite & Squirt games and the need for 'certification' for basically a play-date for little kids learning to skate? For Town games throw the junior hockey player out there, pay him $70-$80 a game and have him drop the puck. Move the certified coaches to older kids games or higher end tournaments and let's move on. Seems USA Hockey has out thought themselves again.
it starts at the top with zero programs turning away a check whether they need to add 30 more games to a schedule or not, and goes right through awful parents.
Could officials start their own union?