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11-28-2011, 01:24 PM
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Dustin Peener
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Originally Posted by Alpine View Post
My problem is and yes I follow Brit hockey from afar...is there a Hockey Officials council with-in Ice Hockey UK (?)
Who looks after certification levels.
Without on-ice officials there is no game. What body is in charge of developing officials?
Developing officials is just as important as developing players.
We have a Chief Referee who works for the EIHA (English Ice Hockey Association) who is in charge of us. To become an official you have to attend a 1 day course. The Chief Referee decides who gets what games, depending on your age, experience etc. There are also like 4 supervisors who assess officials then report back to the Chief Referee their performance. I'm 19 and this is my 4th season of officiating, and I line the highest level I can under the EIHA which is the EPIHL, the EIHL is under a different governing body, Ice Hockey UK, since it includes Scottish teams as well.

All officials have to do a one day course every summer to be made aware of any rule changes, and we have to do a rules and skating test. You have to attend in order to officiate the upcoming season

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