Playoff Mentorships: Information for Mentors

Pre-Game Responsibilities

  • Introduce yourself to the coaches using something like this: “Hello, my name is ____ and I am here in attendance for today's game as part of an on-going referee mentor program.  The purpose of this program is to ensure the solid development of our referee's and to provide constructive feedback in between periods and at the end of the game.  This program is in place to develop better referees.  Think of me as a coach for the referees.  Good luck on your game!"

  • Introduce yourself to the referees.


In-Game Priority 1: Mentorship

  • Mentors will provide feedback to the officials between periods or between games to the referees based on the same skill categories as the regular season:

    1. Positioning: Where you want to be: the cone system

    2. Procedures: how you work with your partner, how to drop a puck, icings, off-sides and what your responsibilities are.

    3. Game Management: impact penalties, communication, setting a tone, and developing a tool belt.


In-Game Priority 2: Assisting officials to deal with abuse

  • Mentor’s access to rules: The mentor, if he or she feels comfortable, may support officials by assisting in removing fans/coaches who are abusing officials under:

    1. Rule 9.2: Harassment of Officials, Unsportsmanlike Conduct/Misconduct

    2. Rule 9.6: Physical Harassment of Officials

    3. Page xii Hockey Winnipeg Rule Book: “spectators should demonstrate respect for all officials and their decisions…failure to abide by this policy can result in loss of privileges

  • Exceptional circumstances of youth or intimidation: The mentor will only implement this priority in exceptional circumstances in which the mentor feels the official cannot deal with the situation on his or her own due to inexperience or intimidation. The prediction is that this priority will only occur a handful of times during the playoffs.

  • The mentor will use the following procedure under this priority

    1. Attract the referee’s attention: sound the horn or wait for a stoppage when the official is near the penalty bench to call him or her over.

    2. Discuss with the official and offer to help him or her remove the person from the arena.

    3. Either the official or the mentor will identify the abuser and ask them to leave the arena under the normal procedure for removing a fan or coach.

    4. The referee will write up the game report if the person removed was a coach.


In-Game Paperwork

  • The mentor is responsible to complete the “Playoff Mentorship Questionnaire” once per shift. You can submit the questionnaire here.

  • The questionnaire should take 2-5 minutes to complete.

Postgame responsibilities

  • There is no post-game paper work or online report to complete like there is in the regular season unless you still need to submit the questionnaire discussed above.

  • Add your name to the game sheet. Write “Mentor: Your Name” near the official’s signatures.

  • At the request of the R.I.C., the mentor will provide his or her observations about a game in more detail to assist with referee complaints or other issues.



  • Mentors will be paid $20 per hour at the arena. Payment will occur at the end of the playoffs.

  • Payment will be based on the Mentorship Coordinator’s schedule.

  • In the event that the last game of the day is late and the mentor stays, email the mentorship coordinator and he will add your time to the schedule.

Hockey Winnipeg Referee Development strives to improve minor hockey by improving officials through mentorship, community development, educational materials and practical rule applications while graduating minor hockey officials to thrive at higher levels of hockey.