USA Hockey Level 1 ref - What to expect?
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10-24-2013, 02:33 AM
Join Date: Nov 2011
Originally Posted by
I Am The Stig
Hey guys, I recently started reffing (as a level 1) and have done a few games so far. Currently I'm only doing games 10-under and some mens league games. Funny thing is that I find the mens league games to be easier than reffing a squirt game since for me at least, it's a little hard to analyze why a certain kid fell down. Given a few games though I've had my share of coach and parent banter. Is there anything else I should keep a heads up for or keep in mind as the season progresses?
Make sure you verbalize/body language every call confidently.
Most coaches at that level are in the same position as you are with having little to no coaching experience. They can be tough to handle as they sometimes bring they their fan/parent emotions onto the bench. Don't let the yelling intimidate you.
If you encounter a coach who is constantly questioning your calls skate up close enough and whisper "suck a dick" or something in that manner.
If your with a more experienced ref discuss situations with him after the game you were unsure about. Also take a glance at him every once in a while and take note of what he does on the ice when you have the chance.
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