Well I start referree class tomorrow.... comments/thoughts/suggestions?
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09-05-2007, 10:42 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
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Been playing since I was 5 and I'm now 25. I'd say I know Most of the rules, although I'm sure as a ref or learning to be one I'll find out stuff I never knew.
Don't take this the wrong way, but If I had a dime for every time I heard someone say they knew the rules because they've played their whole life, I'd be a wealthy, wealthy man. Most players and coaches only have a rudimentary understanding of the rules and, more importantly, how the game is called.
Don't know where you're at, but Hockey Canada's rule book is a complicated tome. 86 Rules, 460-odd situations. It's not a fun read.
The clinic will not spend much time at all on the rules. You'll usually do about an hour of rules review, which is not nearly enough time to get a good understanding. If you want to get good at officiating, you will need to review your book from time to time throughout the year. I usually pick a section and read just before game time, just to get into the right head space.
In any case, rules knowledge is only about 10 per cent of good officiating. Positioning, communication, awareness and judgment are much more important. The biggest component of good officiating is attitude. If you're there because you want to ensure the games are fair and safe, you generally do all right. Guys who go off on power trips (or on the flip side, are too namby-pamby to make a call) or who are there just to make some money don't generally make good officials. Luckily, they usually don't last.
Probably the best advice is to start watching the officials at junior games and start emulating them. By and large, they're there for a reason.
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