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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.