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Referee Skill Resources

(Includes: HW & HC Rule Books, Half-Ice Rules, and Special Rule Updates)

Includes Procedures for: Altercations, Faceoffs, Handshake Line, Line Change No Change Icing, Penalty Calls

Includes: Bump & Pivot, Blue LIne Positioning, Covering for the Referee, Endzone Positioning

Includes: Body Checking, Focus on Impact Penalties, Game Flow, Gamesmanship, Harassment, Impact Penalties, Situational Officiating, Removing Someone, Talking to Coaches/Captains, Writing Game Reports.

Includes: Fitness, Giving Feedback, How to Skate Like a Referee, Mentorship, Receiving Feedback.

(Includes: Equipment List, F.A.Q., First Game Skills)


Refereeing skills organized to show positioning as the foundation, procedures above, game management at the peak, and professional skills all around. Click on each black button for more resources.

Why are the skills organized like this?

​"Your skills will develop best from the bottom of the pyramid and upwards because:

  1. If positioning is weak your vision of the ice is poor. This reduces your ability to select the correct procedures when play is stopped.

  2. If positioning is wrong you will miss-interpret calls and non-calls, which negatively effects game management.

  3. If procedures are weak, your ability to create presence on the ice is reduced, as is your ability to manage the game, which opens the door to possible incidents.

  4. You need the skills lower on the pyramid to successfully use game management.


The professional skills around the pyramid are needed to develop the skills in the pyramid and include comportment (how you carry yourself), organizational and prioritization skills (can you get yourself to games?), receiving feedback (getting better), giving feedback (helping others get better), skating (need to keep up) and fitness & nutrition (you have to keep up!)." (Excerpt and Skills Pyramid is used with permission from #therefbook)

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