Game Official

Providing off-ice officiating for NAHL hockey games in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Off-Ice Official Responsibilities and Procedures

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Generalprint

Every hockey game requires the participation of numerous people. Players, coaches, and officials make up the most visible faction of a hockey game. Slightly less visible, but equally important, members of the officiating team include the off-ice officials. The game could not take place without someone willing to keep score, operate the time clock or monitor penalty situations. Off-ice officials are considered an extension of the on-ice officiating team. In order for the game to run smoothly, a good group of off-ice officials are necessary to assist the on-ice crew.

As part of the game officiating team, it is important for the off-ice officials to remain impartial at all times. This can be difficult to do, especially since off-ice officials are often from the local area and would typically be in the stands "pulling" for their home team. However, impartiality must be maintained at all times in order to dispel any notions of favoritism and to create the positive playing environment. If you have difficulty in accomplishing this, you may wish to review your involvement as an off-ice official. We certainly expect the on-ice officials to remain impartial and teams should expect the same standard from office officials.

The role of the off-ice official includes undivided attention to the game in progress. The game clock must be stopped and started at the appropriate times and special attention should be paid as to whether the clock is functioning properly. Goals, assists and penalties, as reported by the referee, must be recorded accurately and quickly in order to minimize unnecessary delays. Penalty expiration situations must also be handled smoothly and efficiently in order to create a fair playing environment. If there are any questions or uncertainty regarding a situation, the issue must be addressed with the on-ice officials as soon as possible. All of these special tasks require the complete attention of the off-ice officials for the duration of the game. Failure to do so may result in a less than totally positive game environment for all of the game participants. Therefore, an adequate attention span is crucial to each role fulfilled by off-ice officials. You must be able to immerse yourself into a game, and not take your eyes off of it for even a moment. Referees, coaches, players, newscasters, announcers and fans all have to rely on your information, so it must be accurate.

While it helps to be a player or ex-player, it is not essential. However, as a minimum you must have a working knowledge of the rules of hockey. You must be able to notice and distinguish goals from assists to penalties on a moment's notice.

For more information, you may find it beneficial to review the USA Hockey Off-Ice Officiating Manual

Director of Off-Ice Officialsprint

The Director of Off-Ice Officials ensures capable Off-Ice Officials are assigned to each game, are in their proper positions at the start of the game, and that each executes their duties correctly. This person will act as liaison between the Off-Ice Officials and area management should any questions or problems need to be addressed.

Arrives At Rink: No less than 90 minutes prior to puck drop

Qualifications

  • Must have an above average knowledge of hockey game procedures and experience as an off-ice official.

Responsibilities

  • Establishes home game schedule on OiO website.
  • Requests OiO provide their availability for scheduled home games.
  • Assigns available and capable OiOs to each scheduled home game.
  • Recruits new OiOs as necessary.
  • Coordinates with other game-related personnel to ensure all OiO needs are met and OiO team meets all required of them.
  • Substitutes as desired/necessary on any of the OIO positions.

Scorekeeperprint

Arrives At Rink: No less than 90 minutes prior to puck drop

Qualifications

  • Must have an above average knowledge of hockey rules and procedures.
  • Ability to devote undivided attention to the game.
  • Multi-tasking capabilities highly recommended.
  • Above average computers skills recommended.
  • Successfully complete two games training with a qualified scorekeeper (one game watching, second game doing).

Responsibilities Before the Game

  • Obtain a copy of the visiting team's roster with starters identified signed by the visiting team's head coach.
  • Make nine copies of the signed, visiting team roster.
  • Provide a copy of the signed visiting team's roster with starters to the home team coach.
  • Obtain a copy of the home team's roster with starters identified signed by the home team's head coach.
  • Make nine copies of the signed, home team roster.
  • Provide a copy of the signed home team's roster with starters to the visiting team coach.
  • Provide signed roster copies for home and visiting teams to the on-ice officials prior to the game.
  • Verify referee's preference for media timeout - e.g. Does he prefer Timekeeper to buzz in the time window and he will confirm on the ice, or will he call and the Timekeeper buzzs after his indication.
  • Verify OiO assignments for the night with OiO team and make any necessary announcements for OiO's.
  • Provide copies of the lineups to penalty box attendants, and shots spotter.
  • Prepare four of the signed roster copies for the media team labeled (1) TV BOOTH, (1) VISITOR BROADCAST, (2) HOME BROADCAST and place on Ticket Manager desk corner.
  • Log into HockeyTech and set to Pre-game status.
  • Enter visiting and home team rosters indicating starters.
  • During pre-game warmups, confirm through Penalty Box OiO's that rosters match players on the ice (notify ref of discrepencies).
  • During pre-game warmups, clarify with the Timekeeper the referee media timeout preference and procedure for the night.
  • Set HockeyTech status to In Progress and select 1st Period.

Responsibilities During the Game

  • Manage HockeyTech game clock start and stop throughout the game. NOTE: Scorekeeper's game clock feeds HockeyTV on-screen game clock so scorekeeprs should do their best to ensure game start and stops are reflected accurately.
  • Log goals, penalties, and any goalie changes as they occur throughout the game.
  • Communicate shot counts to the Timekeeper as they occur to ensure socreboard and offical shot count stays in sync.
  • As required provide iced pucks to the on-ice officials.
  • Monitor for goalie changes or empty net situations and if so, capture time/shots and record goalie change data as appropriate.
  • If necessary track and enter shootout results in HockeyTech.
  • Between periods calculate and enter goalie saves in the goalies area in HockeyTech.
  • Between periods ensure plus/minus players are updated into HockeyTech.
  • Between periods update the shots on goal info as appropriate.

Responsibilities After the Game

  • Calculate and enter goalie saves in the goalies area for the final period.
  • Enter the beginning and ending times fo the game into the Pre-game tab on HockeyTech.
  • Set game status to Unofficial Final.
  • Reivew and if necessary correct any inequities.
  • Check with Home coach to review and verify if there are any needed changes.
  • Set game status to Final.
  • Ensure scorekeeper area is clean before closing and locking the door
  • If necessary, return the scorekeeper's booth key to skate rental desk.
  • Retain paper game notes to assist with any post game query.

Timekeeperprint

Arrives At Rink: No less than 90 minutes prior to puck drop

Qualifications

  • Must have an above average knowledge of hockey rules and procedures.
  • Ability to devote undivided attention to the game.
  • Complete at least one game training with a qualified timekeeper (Preferred one game watching, second game doing).

Responsibilities Before the Game

  • Review a copy of the night's Event Timing Sheet to ensure understanding of the event's time requirements (if any questions, ask Marketing Director).
  • Prior to warm ups, verify both the horn and the buzzer are working with both mouse click and keyboard shortcuts. (H - Horn, B - Buzzer) Contact broadcast personnel if not working.
  • Prior to warm ups, verify timeout length setting is configured for one minute (1:00) in the OPTIONS > OTHER SETTINGS section on the scoreboard.
  • Prior to warm ups, verify team names and logos are correct on the scoreboard. Notify TV media team if there's an issue.
  • According to the Event Timing Sheet, ensure the clock is set and started for warm-ups (usually 50 minutes before the game).

Responsibilities During the Game

  • Be familiar with media timeout schedule as outlined in the night's timing sheet and rules around those timeouts.
  • As necessary, assist the scorekeeper with “time” calls whenever the timekeeper is about to start the clock.
  • Monitor for email from Ticket Sales regarding attendance at the game and,
    • Convey the total to the Scorekeeper
    • Reply to Ticket Sales to confirm receipt and that the value has been conveyed to the Scorekeeper

Responsibilities After the Game

  • Clean up around the timekeeper area.
  • Verify with Scorekeeper there are no post-game needs prior to departing the rink.

Penalty Timekeeperprint

Arrives At Rink: No less than 90 minutes prior to puck drop

Qualifications

  • Must have an above average knowledge of hockey rules and procedures.
  • Ideally, this person would have ice hockey referee training or experience.
  • Ability to devote undivided attention to the game.

Responsibilities Before the Game

  • Coordinate with the scorekeeper (SK) and timekeeper (TK) how information will be passed. Remember, the SK and TK will also have their own unique communication requirements.

Responsibilities During the Game

  • Serve as "real time eyes on the overall game" in the scorekeeper box and transmit information to the scorekeeper and timekeeper as rapidly and succinctly as possible.
  • Assist timekeeper and penalty box OiOs to manage all penalty related data and logistics.

Responsibilities After the Game

  • Assist with any clean up in the scorekeeper's area.
  • Verify with Scorekeeper there are no post-game needs prior to departing the rink.

Goal Judgesprint

Arrives At Rink: No less than 60 minutes prior to puck drop

Qualifications

  • Must possess at minimum a working knowledge of rules surrounding what constitutes a goal in hockey.
  • Ability to devote undivided attention to the game.
  • There shall be one Goal Judge at each goal. These goal judges shall be stationed behind or beside the goals during the progress of play, in properly screened areas, so that there can be no interference with their activities. They shall not change goals during the game.
  • Goal Judges shall not be a member of either team engaged in a game, nor shall they be replaced during its progress unless, after commencement of the game it becomes apparent that either Goal Judge, because of partisanship, or any other cause, is guilty of making inaccurate and prejudiced decisions, in which case the Referee may appoint a replacement.

  • Goal Judge OiO assignments are designated by H for the Home bench side of the arena and V for the Visitor's bench side of the arena

Responsibilities Before the Game

  • Be in position prior to pre-game warmups to evaluate your goal judge's area and ensure all is ready for game action including setting up your work area and verifying the goal light is fully operational.
  • The Home bench-side Goal Judge shall provide 5-minutes-to-go warning to the both team's locker rooms and the referees' locker room before participants are scheduled to be on the ice for pre-game warmups and team introductions.

Responsibilities During the Game

  • In the event that a goal is being claimed, the Goal Judge shall initially determine whether or not the puck has passed between the goal posts, under the crossbar and entirely over the goal line. Perhaps the single most crucial call during the game rests with the Goal Judges. It is their responsibility to follow the course of the puck at all times. The Referee might find himself in a position to call upon the Goal Judge to give their view of the play and to help determine whether or not the puck completely crossed the goal line.
  • If the Goal Judge feels the puck has completely crossed the goal line they should immediately turn on the red light. The light should remain on until the Goal Judge receives instruction to the contrary (verbal instruction, washout signal, etc.) from the Referee. To avoid inadvertent goal signals, the goal judge should not hold the button in their hand during game play.
  • If an inadvertent light goes on the Goal Judge shall immediately turn the light off.
  • The Home bench-side Goal Judge shall provide 5-minutes-to-go warning to the both team's locker rooms and the referees' locker room before participants are scheduled to be on the ice between periods.

Responsibilities After the Game

  • Remove any cups or trash from your area, roll up goal lamp button, return goal lamp button and cable to designated storage area, and slide goal judge chair to designated area.
  • Verify with Scorekeeper there are no post-game needs prior to departing the rink.

Penalty Boxprint

Arrives At Rink: No less than 60 minutes prior to puck drop

Qualifications

  • Must possess at minimum a working knowledge of hockey penalties and hockey penalty-related procdures.
  • Ability to devote undivided attention to the game.
  • There shall be one Penalty Box attendant in each team's penalty box.

  • Penalty Box OiO assignments are designated by H for the Home bench side of the arena and V for the Visitor's bench side of the arena

Responsibilities Before the Game

  • Verify rosters match players on the ice during pre-game warmups (notify scorekeeper of any discrepancies).
  • Ensure water bottles for refs are placed in home penalty box.

Responsibilities During the Game

  • Open and close door for penalized player.
  • Log penalties and assist scorekeeper as necessary.
  • After each goal, record the player numbers for both teams on the ice when the goal was scored (except the goalie).
  • During intermission, and immediately following the period-ending game buzzer visit the scorekeeper's box and provide the data to the Scorekeeper.

Responsibilities After the Game

  • Remove any cups, trash, or other items from the penalty box.
  • Verify with Scorekeeper there are no post-game needs prior to departing the rink.

Shots Spottersprint

Arrives At Rink: No less than 60 minutes prior to puck drop

Qualifications

  • Must possess at minimum a working knowledge of hockey and what constitutes an actual shot on goal in hockey.
  • Ability to devote undivided attention to the game.

Responsibilities Before the Game

  • Pick up a clipboard and pen from director of OiO or Scorekeeper.
  • Ensure a working tablet is logged into the arena wifi.
  • Coordinate with scorekeeper to get logged into HockeyTech.

Responsibilities During the Game

  • Individually, or when two shot spotters are scheduled working as a team, gather shots on goal data including the team and player number for each shot on goal during the game. (electronic and/or paper record).
  • At each intermission, if only tallying shots on paper, immediately proceed to the scorekeeper box and pass SOG data to Scorekeeper for entry into HockeyTech.
  • Immediately at the beginning of each intermission and end of game, verify the totals on your Quicksheet match the totals entered digitally via tablet and 1) report you are balanced or any imbalance to the Scorekeeper while working to 2) reconcile the difference, and 3) confirm when reconciliation is complete.

Responsibilities After the Game

  • Ensure your work area is cleared of any debris including cups or other trash, as well as team lineups, etc.
  • If keeping only paper records, ensure third period data is passed to the scorekeeper as soon as possible.
  • Verify with Scorekeeper there are no post-game needs prior to departing the rink.
  • Return electronic pad to owner prior to leaving the rink.