The OMHA website
has changed and we are in the process of updating all our links (most
are working again)
Are you a certified HCOP official who has just
moved to Barrie, Ontario (new to
You need to register with our Referee's Association (the
BHRA) in order to receive Barrie Minor Hockey Association (HL, A,
AA) or AAA ice hockey assignments in Barrie.
BHRA Registration Form and send it to
You also need to attend our monthly referees
NEWS) and pay your local BHRA
dues to our associations
Are you a BRAND NEW certified HCOP official
looking to officiate in Barrie, Ontario?
Once you have attended an New Officials Clinic and you are
registered with the OMHA, contact the
Referee-In-Chief of the Barrie Minor
Hockey Association to see if new officials are required.
1) Register with us (the BHRA) using our
BHRA Registration Form. Send the
completed form to the
2) Contact the
of the BHRA to make arrangements for payment of BHRA annual dues.
3) Go purchase full officiating gear ASAP as you can't
officiate without it.
We only accept registration from certified HCOP officials who are "BHRA members in good
standing". DO NOT Log on and register
IF you are NOT registered as a BHRA
Official. We refuse registrations
when we do not
know who you are.
You "may" receive officiating assignments prior to
our on-ice mentoring clinics, depending on requirements.
5) Contact the
BMHA Office to
complete their form in order to register for House League pay
automatic bank deposit.
6) Attend our monthly BHRA members meeting for information
and instruction. Meeting announcements are always sent to our member
officials ahead of time via email. Announcements
are posted on the
page of our website.
7) Attend our BHRA on
ice training sessions.
BHRA new Junior Officials are automatically in our referee
associations training programs. See our
Mentoring webpage. Contact Adam Hook for details
Level 1 Officials may only officiate as per the OMHA
Eligibility Chart - Tyke and Novice HL. There are a number of Level
1 Officials so assignments may not be received as frequently as new
officials may expect.
Information for those
BRAND NEW to Officiating
Hockey Referees Association
does not administer
referee certification program (HCOP). All
local "New Officials Clinics" are
coordinated and scheduled by the OMHA,
all information is provided by
the OMHA, all fees
are paid to the local Minor Hockey Association hosting the clinic,
all evaluations and promotions
are handled by OMHA
supervisors, and all clinics are instructed by OMHA Instructors. You CAN
NOT register for any OMHA
clinic through the BHRA, or
through the BMHA office.
Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP)
Minor ice hockey officials in Canada are certified under Hockey Canada's HCOP program, administered through the Provincial
Associations. The Ontario Hockey
Federation governs in Ontario through its member partners (Alliance, OWHA,
OMHA, GTHL, and NOHA).
Our local Referees
Association (BHRA) is located in the Barrie, Ontario area. We work mainly through
the OMHA (they govern minor hockey in our region) although we have senior association
members who officiate OHA, OHL, and University hockey. The BHRA is
NOT a provincial governing body, we are a local referee's association formed to assist in the training of local referees.
clinics are for returning certified officials
only. All Referee's must recertify
by attending a classroom clinic and passing exams every YEAR (at the start of each season).
Brand NEW officials may
attend one of these Re-Certification
According to the OMHA's
FAQ section - New officials must be 14 years of age or older in order to
New Official Entry Level Clinic
OMHA Referee Information Link
is the provincial governing body responsible for training and certifying minor hockey officials in our area. To get started - in our area contact the
(Ontario Minor Hockey Association) office for training details regarding dates, locations, and cost of the
new official entry level clinics.
is the OMHA Manager, Development Programs.
Administrative Assistant, Development/Registration for referees.
register for a
New Official Entry Level Clinic, a fee is payable. Please follow the hosting
provincial hockey association's instructions regarding this payment.
This fee includes your membership within that provincial association, training
you will receive, supervision by the provincial associations
supervisors, communication items, and INSURANCE (both Personal Injury and
Contact the RIC of the local minor hockey organization you wish to officiate with, in order to receive
and information about any local
New Official Entry
and to find out procedures for
officiating with their organization.
You STILL have to register through the OMHA
New Official Entry Level Clinic.
According to the OMHA's
FAQ section - New officials must be 14 years of age or older in
attend a New Official
Entry Level Clinic
New Official Entry Level Clinic information is
usually posted on the OMHA's
website after the first week of September.
don't start until after the Annual Re-Cert
for current registered
finish (usually by the beginning of October).
New Official Entry Level Clinics
don't run until
October and November however
information about clinics that are already full are not posted.
Start your contacting early in the summer. If you wait until the fall (before you contact anyone) you run the risk of being too late.
New Official Entry Level Clinics fill early.
Full clinics normally do not make the list published on the OMHA's website.
If you miss this years round of fall entry level clinics, you will have to wait again until next
Keep checking the OMHA
Once you see clinic listings, you will need to look for
(After clicking on the above link, if there is no Referee's Clinic
listed then the information has not been made available yet by the OMHA)
schools are for
NEW Officials only)
Don't forget to check out
information about the OMHA
Schools held annually in Guelph, Trenton and Windsor.
2014 information (provided by the OMHA)
is now available (June of each season).
schools run over an entire weekend (usually in
include class room time as well as
on ice sessions with Instructors
all levels of hockey (amateur and pro). Also normally included in your fee is hotel and
for the weekend, but please see the
Ontario Minor Hockey Association
for specific details.
in June or early July as registration fees
increase after the beginning of August.
Trenton, Guelph &
September 26-29, 2014
Guelph Referee's School
Registration link and
2014 Information Flyer
OMHA Police Record Check Policy
All new officials require a Police Record Check
(costs approximately $40 locally) available through your local
police department. The form is to be completed, sealed and handed in to the OMHA
at the clinics. In our region (because hockey officials are paid) the full fee
of $40 is normally charged. Allow two to six weeks for this process to be
completed. You cannot begin officiating in the OMHA without this PRC
Police Record Check Policy Letter
Record Check Policy
Police Record Check
Barrie Police Services
Record Check forms and procedures
All current HCOP certified
officials have submitted PRC forms to the OMHA. Referee's are required to
annually hand in a sealed Criminal Offense Declaration form at our
Clinic. Referee's are
ineligible to officiate until this form is handed in.
PROMOTION OF OFFICIALS
Promotion of officials is handled by provincial hockey
governing organizations (in Ontario the OHF's minor hockey member
partners - Alliance, OWHA, OMHA, GTHL, NOHA)
NOT handled through local referee associations, like the BHRA,
however the supervisors in our area belong to our association.
NOT AUTOMATIC, they are EARNED by having several successful on-ice
evaluations at each level. Supervisions are only
handled by OMHA Supervisors during games!
New officials (Level 1) will start
working in the two official system, learning the ropes at lower levels of
hockey. Officials must be 16
years of age or older in order to be elevated to Level 2R.
You will be eligible to begin working as a linesman in the three man system after
you are elevated to level 2R, but there are OMHA rules about the level of hockey
you are qualified to officiate that must be followed and there
are rules to follow about being two years older than the age of the players you
are working with.
through the levels is by "merit" obtained only after numerous successful evaluations
and promotions by the local provincial minor hockey association supervisors.
anybody you see doing higher levels of hockey earned it by paying their
dues at the minor hockey level and improving themselves.
Later you will be promoted to 2C, which means you
are now eligible to officiate (two man system) REP hockey and you will now be able to start working as
a referee in the three official
system. However there is always an OMHA chart
that specifies your eligibility level, AND your OMHA Supervisor
may "restrict" your assignment level as you learn
how to referee higher calibre games. No matter how high
a level you reach as an official, there is always a chart that
your eligibility to officiate levels of games.
Another item to note is this:
the higher the level one reaches as an official, the higher the minimum grade
required in order to pass the annual exams. Most officials who have been
around for a number of years and who have moved up several levels require
80% minimum grade
in order to pass the exams every year.
referees at Level 5 & 6 require a 90% minimum grade in order to pass
the exams every year.
will not officiate Junior hockey in the OHA without advancing first through
local minor hockey ranks. Junior hockey supervisors look for 18
to 24 year old certified officials (Level 3) with a track record. Others outside
this general category, have received the opportunity to do junior hockey,
but they are the exception rather than the norm.
Good officials come to the attention of Junior
If you want to advance as an official to Junior and
hockey, it all starts at the bottom.
For those who want more information
about refereeing, begin at the national level with
Go to the
Get Started section for general referee information.
In Ontario (our province) go to the
The OHF has a section on refereeing as well -
Finally, in our region see the
Minor Hockey Association
where the OMHA
has posted information under
Development Programs - Referee Program Overview.
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