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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!


2019-2020 Referee Applications

Accepting Applications - is now closed.

Please note: 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 Zone link.

Once you have been accepted to the Southwest Hockey Squad, further steps will be emailed to you, that must be completed.


Also check the Referee Resources for additional information about applying!


Application - Level 1 (New) - CLICK HERE

Application - Level 1 (Returning) - CLICK HERE



Central Zone has implemented a new way to allocate the Officials.  Rather than being assigned by Association, Officials will now be assigned to an Association according their Postal Code.


To confirm if you would be an Official for Southwest Hockey, or another Minor Hockey Association, you need to refer to the Postal Code Chart by  CLICKING HERE.

What Do I Need?

Required 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

*** Please note that a black Mesh Under Arm jersey is illegal

Certification Clinics

Central Zone Referee Committee (CZRC)

Referee Clinics are also available at this link: CLICK HERE. Questions about these clinics should be directed to CZRC.  Contact information can be found at the top of this page.


Southwest Hockey Referee Clinic Information

For your convenience, Southwest Hockey hosts a clinic annually. 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 SWH, and who have been accepted to the SWH squad.


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.  There are only 30 spots in these clinics so sign up as soon as you can.



  • Cardel Rec South
  • Classroom: Oilers
  • Rink: CRS1


  • September 15, 2019


7:45 am    Arrival
8:00am  SHARP!    Class Starts
11:45am -12:45pm    On-Ice portion of Clinic (Arena 1)
1:00pm    Lunch Time (bring a lunch for in class)
5:00pm    Clinic Ends



For all 1 day clinics for new officials or for 13 - 15 year old returning officials, there will be an ice session in the mid-day of your clinic. They are a minimum of 1 hour. The time and location will be on the clinic schedule tab. Your instructors will also let you know the time and place first thing in the morning. All officials must take part in the ice session. This is where we will do drills that will help you understand proper positioning, signaling, penalty calling, icings and off-sides. There will be some skating drills as skating is an integral part of officiating.



Bring skates, whistle, helmet with visor and a pen/pencil.
Wear comfortable clothing (wearing your referee jersey is an option).
Don't forget a jacket, remember it won't be +20 on the ice.

Remember to bring a lunch.


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


E-LEARNING clinic information  To get started CLICK HERE
This is about a 2 hour on-line course that needs to be completed before you sign up for the classroom portion.
You must complete the E-Learning portion of the registration prior to signing up for the classroom portion, the computer will not allow you to register.
Note: For your convenience, Southwest Hockey hosts a clinic annually.   This clinic is set up specifically for "LEVEL 1" SW Officials.  A link will be sent to all "Level 1" Officials that have completed the application process for SW.  Sharing of this link without permission may result in you forfeiting your spot in the clinic.  There are only 30 spots in these clinics so sign up as soon as you can.  This course needs to be completed PRIOR to signing up for the classroom portion.

Need your HCR Number?

This "How To", is intended to help with finding your HCR Number: Click Here

Referee Resources

Central Zone

Referee Rates

Novice 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 What Divisions? Who Assigns the Officials?

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

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

For all Peewee Divisions 1-3, Bantam, Midget, Junior and Female games, the officials are assigned by CZRC.