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 1083 times.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 21
    Nov
    Organization
    Despite the COVID19 pandemic, the Community Hub Campaign Committee remains hard at work.   For an update on their efforts, please take a few minutes to read the attached letter:
  • 05
    Nov
    Organization
    The positions of Secretary and Local League director are currently vacant with 1 year remaining on each of their terms.  These positions are critical to the operation of minor hockey.  If you are able to help out with with either of these ...
  • 25
    Oct
    Organization
    Commencing November 1st, your 2020/2021 Minor Hockey Executive will be: Past President - Jeff Rosenburg President - Ejaye McComb Vice President - Mike Murray Town Contact - Amy Teeter Secretary - Vacant Treasurer - Kerinda Sowerby Rep ...
  • 08
    Oct
    Organization
    We now have tentative dates for ice to be available for us to start:
  • 28
    Sep
    Organization
    After a nearly 7 month hiatus, we are getting close to finally starting a new season.  We very much appreciate everyone's patience as we navigate the complex logistics of starting up hockey this season. We are currently working on our ice ...
  • 25
    Sep
    Organization
    Cheques can be dropped off at the Desboro ball diamond pavilion on Sunday September 27th from 11AM - 1PM.  Please date cheques for October 1st, December 1st and February 1st. To help ensure distancing and safety protocols we are asking the ...
  • 23
    Sep
    Organization
    TCDMHA will be unable to host the rescheduled AGM on Thursday. We will work to arrange a suitable venue in the near future that will satisfy Provincial regulations for gatherings. We are trying to arrange a cheque drop off table for this ...
  • 19
    Sep
    Organization
    Today the Ontario Government announced increased restrictions for gatherings for the entire Province of Ontario.  While there are exemptions to this order, we are unsure if they apply to an AGM for a Minor Hockey Association. For this reason, we ...
Printed from tcdmha.com on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 9:08 PM