Referee Certification/Clinic Registration - 2020/21 Season

Update: November 3, 2020

More clinic dates have been added for November 9-22 for Returning Level 1 and Beginner Level 1 & 2 and Returning Level 2+

Update: October 21, 2020

Central Region has sent a communication out directly to all returning referees regarding upcoming Level 1 Returning and Level 1 & 2 Beginner Clinics. These clinics are all 4 hour virtual clinics with no ice time. You will be required to complete the Hockey University Officiating Modules as part of the registration process (new pre-requisite for all new and returning referees is the online Safe Return to Hockey course).

Registration links are available online at the Hockey Alberta Officials webpage: 

Update: October 2, 2020

Central Region has prepared a FAQ document with current information on the Return to Play for Officials for the 2020-2021 season. Please click here to review the document.

Update: August 31, 2020

Central Region has prepared a FAQ document with current information on the Return to Play for Officials for the 2020-2021 season. Please click here to review the document.

Update: August 18, 2020

As per Hockey Alberta, in-person certification clinics for new officials and returning Level I and II officials will not start until after Thanksgiving weekend, hopefully October 17-18 subject to change based on developments within Alberta regarding COVID-19. Focus is currently on training Level III-IV referees.

For any official who was certified in the 2019-20 season, that certification remains valid until January 31, 2021.  Normally certification from the previous season remains valid until December 31, but for this season, Hockey Canada has provided a special exemption extending that deadline by one month.

Clinic registration will likely begin mid-September once clinic details and specific dates have been confirmed. Please click on the above link for Hockey Alberta's Officials website for more updates and current information pertaining to officiating for the 2020-21 season.

2020-2021 Season Information

2020-2022 Hockey Canada Rule Updates & Changes 

COVID 19 Return to Play for Officials

Rule Emphasis - Rule 9.2F - verbal taunts, insults or intimidation based on discriminatory grounds

General Referee Information

Referee Equipment

Required Equipment:

  • Black CSA certified helmet
  • CSA certified half visor
  • Metal or black plastic whistle
  • Black polished skates with white laces
  • Hockey Canada Rule Book
  • Clean official's black and white sweater with Hockey Alberta crest and Hockey Canada crest (with removable arm bands only)
  • Black, pressed pants

Optional Equipment:

  • Elbow pads
  • Athletic support and cup
  • Measuring tape
  • Shin Pads

*** Please note that a black Mesh Under Arm jersey is illegal

Where does the Hockey Alberta Crest go? - Left chest area over your heart
Where does the Hockey Canada Patch go? - Left shoulder
It is not recommended that you iron these on unless you get it done at a sports shop who have the correct equipment. Sewing is the best option.


Community Referee Assignors

Community Referee Assignors assign games according to the arenas they are responsible for.  If you receive a referee assignment at an arena that is not assigned by the Trails West Referee Assignor (Flames-Blue or Flames-Red), you will need to reach out to the Community Referee Assignor responsible for that arena if you are unable to attend the assignment.


U9 Half-Ice Game Format

All U9 games (community and house league) are on half-ice. There are two Referees (one for each half-ice game). A Central Region Supervisor may be assigned to mentor new referees at these games.

Roles & Responsibilities for Officials for U9 Half-Ice Games (Jan 2019)


Referee Payments

For information regarding how referees are paid, please review the Hockey Alberta Officials-Central Region webpage under "Payments".

Central Region Referee Rates
Hockey Alberta Referee Rates


Becoming a Referee with Trails West

Trails West Hockey Association is currently accepting applications from referees. Referees must be at least 13 years of age (as of December 31).  The Trails West Referee Coordinator assigns games for U9 (Novice) and U11 (Atom).  Central Region assigns games for all U13 (PeeWee) and up games.

STEP 1:  Contact the Trails West Referee Coordinator by email. This applies to new and returning referees. Space for first year Trails West referees can be limited. Contacting the Trails West Referee Coordinator, prior to enrolling in the Hockey Alberta Officiating Clinic, places your name on the Trails West Referee Roster. If your name is not on this roster, you will not be assigned games by Trails West!

IMPORTANT:  Referee assigning is based on the postal code of where you live. Generally speaking this is by hockey association boundaries but there are some communities within Trails West where the referees would be assigned by Springbank.  If your postal code is T3H and you live north of 17 Ave SW, please contact the Springbank Referee Coordinator to be placed on the Springbank Referee Roster.

Please include the following personal information in your email to the Trails West Referee Coordinator:

  • Name
  • Address with Postal Code
  • Main email address for referee contact purposes that is monitored on a daily basis
  • Referee cell phone number and home phone number
  • Primary parent contact number
  • Date of birth
  • Hockey level of play (e.g. First year U15 – 6 years of playing hockey) and if any hockey officiating experience

STEP 2. To become certified as an official in Calgary, you need to participate in an officials’ certification clinic every season. Please review the information on Hockey Alberta's Officials-Clinics/Registration webpage on how to register.

  • Complete the online "HU-Officiating 1/2" Clinic *only required for first-time referees
  • Register and attend a one-day Official Clinic *required every year for ALL referees (new and returning)
    • Pay particular attention to the different types of clinics being offered as they are not just based on age, but on years of officiating experience
  • Inform the Trails West Referee Coordinator of the date of your scheduled referee clinic. This allows the Coordinator to ensure that your certification shows in the Goalline assigning system for Trails West within a week or two after completion of the clinic.

STEP 3. Upon completion of your Official's Clinic, please email a copy of your Official's Clinic registration receipt to the Trails West Referee Coordinator.

STEP 4. New Referees: Central Region will set up and email you with a log-in for the Goalline Referee Management System. Returning Referees: ensure your Goalline access is active.

All referees, please check all settings, including RINK PREFERENCES and SET YOUR AVAILABILITY.  Note that Trails West only assigns referees to games at Flames Community Arena Red and Flames Community Arena Blue. You can referee at any rink in Calgary that you select but be aware that the community referee assignors will assign their rostered community referees before looking for other referees.

Please use the Officials Login page, as provided by the CZRC Website. Your rink preferences and your availability must be set before you can receive assignments.  You must also be on the Trails West Referee Roster so if you have not already informed the Trails West Referee Coordinator of your intention to referee, please do so now!


Level 1 Trails West Referees will be reimbursed $65 of their registration and clinic fees at the end of the season, provided the official has refereed a minimum of five games.

A buddy system will be provided for the first several assignments for each first year official.

Thank you for your interest. I look forward to working with you.


Diane Moffatt
Trails West Referee Coordinator