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Hockey Official Positions

Under the guidance of the Arena Director, Hockey Officials are responsible for effectively refereeing all forms of hockey played at the YMCA including Youth/Adult Dek and Inline Hockey. A Hockey Official will detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 


  • Promotes and incorporates the YMCA four core values and character development model into all program activities.
  • Be on time and prepared for all games on your schedule.
  • Know, understand, and enforce all rules set forth for the style of hockey being officiated.
  • Competent inline skating ability (only necessary for officiating inline hockey) along with a reasonable physical condition that allows for effective completion of on-court responsibilities.
  • Approved officiating attire must be worn during scheduled games.
  • Maintaining professionalism and integrity with players, coaches, and fans is of the utmost importance.


  • Keep strong communication with the Arena Director and fellow officials regarding scheduling, rule interpretation, etc.
  • Responsible for understanding your schedule and the times you are required to officiate.
  • In the event you cannot make it to your scheduled game, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND A REPLACEMENT.
  • Continue to exemplify professionalism, as you would while officiating, during situations with players, coaches, and fans outside of the game.


  • BE CALM: Situations that have two parties at odds with each other require a third party who is composed and non-prejudiced. Officials must remain calm and communicate effectively when dealing with two sets of biased fans, players, and coaches.
  • LISTEN: Listening is the most important skill for officiating.You must be able to listen more than you speak. It is important to understand what players and coaches mean when they speak to you.
  • BE CONFIDENT: How you raise your arm and blow the whistle will show how much confidence and assertiveness you have in making the call. As an official, you get one chance to make the call. Make it quick and make it clean. Don't worry what others will think, just call what you see. When you are on the rink, be sure of yourself. Making a bad call isn't the issue; how you handle the situation is important. Remember that players and coaches want to play the game. Your job is to make it safe and fair so they can play.


Education-Preferred college students working towards a degree in physical education, recreational/sports management, or related field, or high school students with ample experience.

Experience-A profound understanding of hockey is a must. Position will require referee certification (or obtained within 3 months of hire). Those with prior experience playing and/or officiating hockey are preferred.

Knowledge-Knowing the rules in accordance with the type fo hockey being officiated is something that must be learned explicitly.

Work Environment:

Enthusiastic members/participants who enjoy the hockey programs at the Grove City YMCA.

Successful adherence to the rules of the game.

Successful in ensuring both the safety and fairness of the game.