Referee Shortage, News (TCDMHA)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Referee Shortage
Submitted By Jeff Rosenburg on Monday, August 12, 2019
Over the past decade the number of  hockey referees in Ontario has been in a rapid steady decline, which is jeopardizing the ability of Minor Hockey Associations to operate hockey programs for kids.   

Below are some statistics presented at the OMHA Annual General Meeting in June 2019.

  • 10 years ago, there were 6000 officials in Ontario
  • In past 10 years we have recruited 7500 additional officials, mainly 14-20 years old’s

 

  • DESPITE THESE EFFORTS , TODAY THERE ARE NOW ONLY 4200 OFFICIALS

 

  • In 2016-17 of the 750 officials trained, 30% of the officials under the age of 18 resigned the following year, in 2017 another 20% resigned
  • The resignation rate of young officials recruited in 2017-2018 was similar in the 2018-2019 season
  • There were 7 cases of officials assaulted in 2017-18 and in 2018-19 another 4 officials were assaulted and there were three cases of coaches and/or parents entering the officials room after a game and threatening them
  • Close to 50 % of our officials are over 40 years old and many cannot officiate the required three man bantam or four man midget systems
  • In Orillia for interest, there are almost no refs between 18 and 40, similar case in New Tecumseh
To be clear, this decline is the direct result of referees being verbally abused.

Simply put, if this trend continues Minor Hockey Associations in Ontario will simply be unable to provide hockey to children who just want to play hockey.  The impact of this shortage is already being felt, and will have a major impact on our younger players just starting out.

Please make an effort to support our referees, especially young referees that are still learning.  We are a small hockey association, and while we may not have the ability to change this trend everywhere in Ontario we can definitely reverse this trend in our own community and ensure we have enough referees to support Minor Hockey for children in our community.


This article has been viewed 984 times.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 15
    Jun
    Organization
    We hope everyone is taking some time to enjoy some downtime and staying safe and healthy.  We would like to provide a brief update on the status of hockey as it currently stands. The OHF has developed a Return to Hockey Framework and is working ...
  • 12
    Apr
    Organization
    Registration for the 2020/2021 season is open.  Please be sure to submit your registration before May 1st. Click Here to register a player, or click the registration link under the registration menu on our website. Payment Options:
  • 08
    Apr
    Organization
    Hello hockey families We hope everyone is keeping safe, and hopefully enjoying some down time in the nice weather.  Hockey may be cancelled, but we are still working on this year’s items, plus planning for next season. Registration Registration ...
  • 13
    Mar
    Organization
    As many of you are probably aware, Hockey Canada, OMHA and OWHA have cancelled the remainder of the 2019/2020 season.  
  • 04
    Mar
    Organization
    Mark your calendar and get your tickets!
  • 10
    Jan
    Organization
    For more information please visit: https://minardhockey.weebly.com/3-vs-3-spring-2020.html
  • 05
    Dec
    Organization
    The TCDMHA Moggie Valley Timber Midget Rep team and the Owen Sound Attack Major Midgets will be holding an exhibition game on December 16th at 8:30 PM at the Harry Lumley Bayshore in support of their current and former teammate Nick Garrett. Mark ...
  • 03
    Dec
    Organization
    Help support the Chatsworth Food Bank and Wiarton Salvation Army during "Stuff the Chevy" event on Saturday December 14th in Desboro and Keady arenas. The event is being organized by the Pee Wee C Girls and their quest for the Chevrolet Good Deeds ...
Printed from tcdmha.com on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 11:39 PM