Thank you for your interest in officiating with the GHRA. Each year the GHRA executive gets together during the summer months and determines how many officials are needed for the upcoming season based on the number of current members who are returning and the number of assignments we'll have in the coming season.
Becoming a referee is a rewarding experience giving you the opportunity to be involved in hockey while developing your character, your ability and sense of achievement. As you improve, the number of games, difficulty and rewards will increase. We provide the coaching, mentoring and supervision to help you reach your goals. You will also become a member of the GHRA community enabling you to develop lasting friendships.
The process for new applicants is as follows:
Prior to August 1st
Interested applicants should fill out their contact information by using the button at the bottom of this page. Fill out the information as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications are reviewed at the beginning of August.
The GHRA will review the applications and for the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, they will be contacted to schedule an interview and let you know of the time of the on-ice tryout.
Late August to Early September
Applicants will attend an interview and on-ice tryout.
Mid to Late September
Successful applicants will be notified and provided further instruction on how to get certified and where to purchase equipment.
New officials will be required to attend an intro level clinic, and have a Police Check with Vulnerable Sector done. After being certified at an OMHA Clinic and membership fees paid, officials will then be placed on an active officials list and will be be contacted by the Assignor regarding next steps.
Please note that the Vulnerable Sector Check is a requirement to gain entry into the OMHA Clinic and will be required to be repeated every three (3) seasons. The GHRA also requires a copy prior to officiating games with our association.
The GHRA annually looks for people willing to make the commitment and meet our mission statement. If this is you, please send us your contact information.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements to become a referee?
According to the OMHA, in order to be certified as a Level 1 Official, you must be a minimum of 14 years old, by December 31st of that season’s start date. If you are over 16 years old by December 31st of that season, you are carded your first season as a level 2R (Registered) official.
What kind of hockey will I work in my first season?
Level 1s (any official under 16 by December 31st of that season) are restricted to Atom House League and Below. Level 2Rs will mostly work at the Peewee, Atom and Novice house league levels their first season. But it is possible to work rep, and higher levels depending on how they progress.
I am already a carded official, do I still need to go through the full-recruiting process?
Yes, although preference will be given to already carded and experienced officials.
What if I'm younger than the minimum age?
If you are under 16 and over 11, we recommend that you become a timekeeper for a few seasons to get a better understanding of the game from the officials’ point of view. Please see the timekeeper recruitment page for more information.
What can I do to better my chances to become a referee?
If you are over 16, ensure you send us your contact information before the beginning of August. Once we complete the recruitment process, we won't be accepting new applicants until the following year.
Also, for first-time officials, preference is given to applicants that have been timekeepers in our association in the previous season.