2022-2023 SEASON

Welcome to a BRAND new season!

The SW Officials Squad has now been formed, and we are excited for what's ahead!

For additional guidance and references, please review this page closely.

Questions can be directed to the contact above.

Let's Go Cougars!

Southwest Hockey Officials Clinic

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A private link for this "LEVEL 1 Officials" clinic will be sent to the Officials who have been accepted to the SW Officials Squad.

Date: 2022 OCT 15

Location: Cardel Rec South

  • Classroom: Maple Leafs Meeting Room
  • Rink: Arena 1, for the on-ice portion

Clinic Details: Link has been sent directly to those on the SW Squad


There are only 20 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 be sent to those who have been accepted to the SW Squad. NOTE: The sharing of this link without permission may result in you forfeiting your spot in the clinic.

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Certification Clinics

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You WILL require your HCR ID in order to register for the Officials Clinics. There are a few different ways to obtain your number. A "How To" was created to help with finding your Hockey Canada Registration (HCR) Number. CLICK HERE


Questions specifically regarding the certification clinics, should be directed to CRRC. CLICK HERE


Level 1 Certification:

  • Those who are 13 years old will need to complete: e-Learning and Level 1 Certification.
  • Those who are 14 years old, and new to officiating - will also need to complete: e-Learning and Level 1 Certification.
  • Those who are 14 years old, and who Refereed last season: would only need to complete Level 1 Certification.

Level 2 Certification:

  • Those who will be 15 years old by DEC 31st, automatically go to the Central Region as a Level 2 Official and the Ref would need to sign up and complete that certification level.

Officiating Clinic Steps: CLICK HERE



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


To register - Have your Hockey Canada number ready.

This is a 2-hour on-line course that needs to be completed BEFORE you sign up for the classroom portion.

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.

Central Region Referee Committee (CRRC)

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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 regarding clinic certifications (LEVEL 1, and LEVEL 2), should be directed to CRRC.




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 Assignor.

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

Equipment Requirements


Approved Equipment for Officials:

  • Black CSA certified helmet
  • CSA certified half visor
  • Whistle: Metal or black plastic
  • Black polished skates with white laces
  • Hockey Canada Rule Book
  • Clean Official's black and white sweater with Hockey AB 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

  *** IMPORTANT -- 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.

Hockey Canada Rulebook App


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.

Do You Know Your Signals?


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.

  • Minor Penalty is 2-minutes.
  • Double Minor Penalty is 4-minutes.
  • Major Penalty is 5-minutes.

The seriousness or severity of the penalty will determine whether it is a Minor, Double Minor or a Major Penalty. Penalties are called at the discretion of the Referee.

Reimbursement Information

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Level 1 Officials who have been added to the SW Officials Squad; can submit ONE (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.

To request a Reimbursement Form, contact the SW Administrator:

Officials Applications



Application deadline has completed for another season.

All applicants have now been contacted.

If you missed the deadline, and are interested, feel free to use the contact information provided above to inquire if there are alternative options available.

For Future Reference: Please review the 'Becoming an Official with Southwest' section for details on applying.

Becoming an Official with Southwest

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

To apply to the SW Officials Squad, you need to:

  • Be 13 or 14 years of age by December 31st.
  • Apply via the application link provided below.
  • Have a Postal Code which falls within the SW Officials Assigning Boundaries. Check the link under 'Association Eligibility'.
  • Be added to the SW Officials Squad PRIOR to enrolling in ANY certification clinics to ensure that we have space for you.

NOTE #1: If you will be 15-years old (or older) by DEC 31st, then you go to Central Region as a Level 2 Official.

  • Central Region Assignors assign games for all U13, and older age groups.
  • See below for online and/or Level 2 Certification Clinic contacts.

NOTE #2: If you are 13 or 14 years old, and have been accepted to the SW Squad, you'll need to:

  • Take an online course (if you didn't do this last season).
  • Attend an in-person Clinic to become a certified official in Calgary. Certification is required every season.
  • Complete some paperwork which will be emailed to you directly.

NOTE #3: The Assignor for Southwest assigns Level 1 Officials (13 / 14 year old Refs) to U9 & U11 games, and may receive some U13 games as Linesman.

NOTE #4: Officiating in U9 is an introductory level for Officials. Officials are learning the game, and U9 ½ Ice allows officials to learn the basics of officiating before moving into more advance levels of the game. At this level of hockey, the focus is on building confidence in the following areas:

  • Face-offs: Learning to drop the puck on a dot consistently
  • Foundational Positioning: Learning to move around the net as the play moves
  • Skating: Moving up and down the ice with the players
  • Penalties: Learning the basics on signaling a penalty
  • Communication: positive interactions with players, coaches, and other officials
  • Spatial awareness and establishing good sight-lines
  • Making decisions such as goals and minor infractions

The U9 ½ Ice program allows officials to experience the game and focus on the key skills without the pressure of calling off-sides and icings. Once confidence is built at this level, and skills become habit, Officials then move into U11; where the competition level and expectations are increased.

Association Eligibility


Central Region allocates Officials according their Postal Code, not the Association they register for hockey.

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.




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