A beginner hockey referee must have the following five items:
- A referee's jersey
- A pair of black pants
- A whistle
- A black helmet
- A visor
The referee's jersey
In the case of floor hockey, Dek hockey or roller hockey, you will probably be wearing a striped short-sleeved sweater. In this case, ice hockey referees wear striped long-sleeved jerseys.
There are several brands of sweaters at different price ranges, which one to choose?
The design of the sweaters is quite similar, with some small features. The biggest differences between each of them are the quality of the fabric and its thickness. Generally, the higher the price, the higher the quality of the fabric and the more durable it will be. However, some prefer the cheaper sweaters because they are generally thinner. A slightly thinner fabric allows for better ventilation and therefore to keep you cooler on the ice. Those who are more cautious will like thicker sweaters.
In order to maintain uniformity among officials, they must wear black pants. The referee pants for beginners are retailed at a reasonable price and offer the following features: large pockets on the side and at the back to put your accessories, a belt, buttons for the suspenders (optional), a leg width large enough to accommodate the leggings and a seam at the front of the leg for a professional look. You can always wear clean black pants that you have at home to do your first games.
If I am new, do I have to buy the pants with the integrated protections?
It's not an obligation. When you start, you often will be officiating Novice and Atom games. It is not mandatory to have thigh / hip protection for these categories since you probably will not get a slap shot to the leg at 90 miles per hour. If, on the other hand, you plan to climb the ladder quickly, we recommend that you wear either a protective sleeve under your pants or pants with integrated protections.
The whistle is arguably the most important piece of equipment. It would be hard to see a referee yelling to stop the game in progress :).
What is the best whistle for a beginner hockey referee?
There are two brands of whistle for hockey referees: Fox40 and Acme. We generally recommend Fox40's Superforce CMG whistle. It’s the cheapest and it gets the job done, as they say. On the other hand, if you want a better quality whistle that will last you several years, for a few dollars more, we suggest the Acme 477 / 58.5 whistle.
A black helmet
Again, for the sake of compliance and neutrality, referees wear black helmets. New or used, a black helmet that you find comfortable will do just fine.
Hockey Canada requires the visor to be CSA certified, for insurance purposes. Otherwise, you can wear the one that suits you best.
“Shin-tights” compression sleeves
When you go to work in the world of officiating, you will have to wear shin tights. These have several uses: to prevent the pants from ending up behind the tongue of the skate, to hide the laces, to tighten the leggings and to have a uniform leg when the pants are lifted while skating.
Referees wear all-white laces on the skates. Again, this allows for consistency and a neat appearance.
There you go, you are now ready to jump on the ice and have a great and long career! :)
Link to our kits for beginner referees: KITS
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