Officials Application will be open;

June 1, 2022 @ 11:00am MST to August 8, 2022 @ 11:59pm MST


2022-2023 Season

Officiating is a significant component of the game of hockey. Without officials, there is no game. It is officials passion and dedication to the game of hockey, that makes this GREAT game possible!

To become certified as an Official in Calgary, you need to complete an online course, as well as attend a Certification Clinic.  You also must be at least 13 years of age by December 31st.

More information can also be found on the Central Region website.

Officials Applications

Application Opening - 2022 JUN 1st

Application Deadline - 2022 AUG 8th


Once you have been accepted to the Southwest Officials Squad, further steps will be emailed to you, that must be completed. Acceptance notifications will be sent by 2022 AUG 16th.

Check the Officials Resources for additional information about applying!

Choose the Application below that applies to you. 

Certification Clinics



You require your HCR ID to register for the Clinics. There are a few different ways to obtain your number.

We have created a "How To" intended to help with finding your Hockey Canada Registration (HCR) Number.


HCR 3.0 Spordle

Need to check your qualifications? Not sure if your qualifications have expired? Check your HCR 3.0 Spordle Account for qualifications, playing history and more....

Central Region Referee Committee (CRRC)

The hockey community today expects reliable, well trained, experienced officiating to provide the safe and fair environment demanded by parents. To accomplish this CRRC runs 50+ officiating clinics every season, completes 2000+ supervisions, conducts 20+ mini-refresher clinics, and completes 300+ Shadows.

All questions about clinic information, dates etc hosted by CRRC should be directed to them.





This only needs to be done ONCE, and is NOT required yearly.


Have your Hockey Canada number ready to register.

This is a 2 hour on-line course that needs to be completed before you sign up for the classroom portion with CRRC or SW.

To get started CLICK HERE

IMPORTANT ---- You must complete the eLearning portion of the registration PRIOR to signing up for a clinic as the computer will not allow you to register.

Southwest Hockey Officials Clinic


This clinic is set up specifically for "LEVEL 1 Officials" who have a Postal Code that Southwest is responsible for assigning.

A link will be sent to all "Level 1" Officials that have completed the application process for SW and been accepted to the SW squad.

Date: 2022 XXX XX (to be announced)

Location: Cardel Rec South

  • Classroom: TBA
  • Rink: TBA

Clinic Details: CLICK HERE (once the clinic is confirmed the details will be posted)


There are only 30 spaces available.  This link will not be available until late August, please do not email requesting the link.  Once it is available, the link will automatically be sent to those that have completed the application process! Sharing of this link without permission may result in you forfeiting your spot in the clinic.

Reimbursement Information

Officials can submit 1 form per season for certification and/or approved equipment costs incurred during the current season to a maximum amount.  Restrictions apply so please contact the Admin for verification and to get the form.


The list of approved equipment is listed under "Equipment Requirements". 

Association Eligibility

Central Region allocates Officials according their Postal Code.

If you reside in Calgary and are a younger, relatively new official or are simply interested in officiating the younger levels of hockey (U9, U11 and some divisions in U13), you will receive your assignments from an assignor responsible for the local community in which you reside.

To confirm if you would be an Official for Southwest Hockey, or another Minor Hockey Association check the Postal Code Look Up


Equipment Requirements

Approved Equipment for Officials:

  • Black CSA certified helmet
  • CSA certified half visor
  • Elbow pads
  • Whistle: Metal or black plastic
  • Athletic support and cup
  • Measuring tape
  • Black polished skates with white laces
  • Hockey Canada Rule Book
  • Shin Pads
  • Clean Official's black and white sweater with Hockey AB crest on front left side and Hockey Canada on the left arm
  • Black, pressed pants

  *** IMPORTANT -- A black Mesh Under Arm jersey is illegal ***

Officials Resources

New Officials

Postal Code Chart

Application - Level 1 (New)

SW Officials Checklist

Officials Agreement - Completed after accepted to the SW Squad

Community Officials Manual

Officials Fair Play Codes

Returning Officials - Level 1

Postal Code Chart

Application - Level 1 (Returning)

SW Officials Checklist

Officials Agreement - Completed after accepted to the SW Squad

Community Officials Manual

Officials Fair Play Codes

Returning Officials - Level 2

If you will be 16 years old (as of December 31st), you will go to Central Region as a Level 2 Referee.

Transitional Document: Regional Assigning to Central Region Assigning


Central Region

CRRC Website

Officials Rates


U9 Games/Responsibilities

Complete the Game Initiative


Hockey Calgary Officials

Officiating Links

Hockey Alberta Materials

2018-2020 HA Rule Updates

Hockey Canada Officiating Program

Officiating Materials




Get your Hockey Canada Rule Book App to educate yourself as a parent or a coach on what calls the Officials are making during a game.


Are you and your family new to hockey? Ever wonder what the referee just called? Here are a few tips to help you understand the game a little better.
A Minor penalty is 2 minutes. A Double Minor penalty is 4 minutes. A Major penalty is 5 minutes.
The seriousness or severity of the penalty will determine whether it is a Minor, Double Minor, or Major penalty. Penalties are called at the discretion of the Referee.

Who Officiates Each Division?

Referees/Linesmen for U9 or U11 are assigned by the Community Referee Coordinator of the Host Association/Team.

For U13 Division 4 and lower, the CRRC will assign the referee only and the linesmen are assigned by the Community Referee Coordinator.

For all U13 Divisions 1-3, U15 and U18 the officials are assigned by CRRC.




Southwest Hockey Association
107, 333 Shawville Blvd SE
Calgary, AB. T2Y4H3
Drop Off: Cardel Rec South - Reception Office
Also available by appointment