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Everyone talks about the ref shortage. People blame the pay and the parents. My son is reffing right now and the coaches are the worst. They need to chill especially when the ref is 14
I love what Canada does. Under 18 get a green stripe let’s everyone know they are just kids also!
I thought the pay was pretty good. $50 each, $100 if they’re on their own. Sounds good to me for an hr.
Re the pay: it generally takes 20-30 mins to get to the rink and again 20-30 to get home. You need to be there 20 mins beforehand at least. You need to pay for certification, registration, getting to training sites, helmet w half visor, whistle, pants, shirt, skate sharpening. If you don’t drive, your parent has to spend all that time and gas $ driving to the rink. If you get hurt, you pay the copay and the related injury costs. It’s $50 but it is literally 2.5 hours all in. The only way to actually make money is to get lucky enough to get multiple games in a row in the same rink. It is not easy to do this because refs sign up first come first serve. So sometimes you have an hour or two in between games. Oh, and some games pay $30! Some are $35, $40 and $45. I also stay with my son while he refs bc a) where am I going to go in an hour and b) want to make sure I have his back if anything goes left or he gets hurt.