Published on September 6, 2007
Slide1: USA Hockey Officiating Education Program Standard of Play and Rules Emphasis Authored by Bill Spohn andamp; Matt Leaf, USA Hockey, Inc. Slide2: Standard of Play and Rules Emphasis All these rule bases are applying a new Standard of Play and Rules Emphasis Safety: Safety At the early levels of hockey the primary function of the officials is to promote a safe environment for the players by enforcing the rules of the game Fairness: Fairness As the players and coaches gain experience they begin to push the limits in various areas to gain a competitive advantage At this point officiating begins to become more complex and judgment takes on a greater role in the job of officiating Integrity: Integrity The officials are in charge of the integrity of the game by maintaining fairness for the participants involved in the game Officials are the messengers – not the creators of the new standard of play and rules emphasis Skill and Speed: Skill and Speed We have witnessed in NHL games an enhanced level in these two areas due to a diligent application of the new standard of play and rules emphasis Competitive Advantage: Competitive Advantage Officiating by the new standard of play is all about recognizing when a player uses an illegal tactic to gain a competitive advantage Officiating is about seeing and reacting, not picking and choosing It is no longer about making excuses for players and basing penalties on the outcome – we now penalize the consequences It is about calling penalties based on the result – not the degree of the result Ownership: Ownership Individual leagues, Affiliates, USA Hockey, Instructors andamp; Supervisors, Coaches, Officials, Players, Parents and Administrators Patience Stay the course Communication is the Key: Communication is the Key Clear, Concise, Simple and Consistent Win over coaches, officials and parents to support the cause Requirements: Requirements Support for officials and coaches that conform Work with officials and coaches who do not embrace the change in attitude Remind officials that each game played sets the standard for the next crew. Don’t let down the officiating team in your area Send the message that, doing what is asked of them is for the 'Good of the Game' Official’s Role: Official’s Role Break old habits Let them play Let the players decide the game Put the whistle away Only call it if it takes away a scoring opportunity See it, react to it Speed and skill must be rewarded, not eliminated Don’t guess. Don’t over-react. Establish good sightlines Motivate the change and establish new ones Slide12: Do Not Waiver Stay focused on the task Everyone connected with the game must be committed to upholding the integrity of the game Maintain the standard, do not allow it to erode Keep in mind that some coaches will have a difficult time 'un-teaching' many of the tactics that have been taught over the years Slide13: Show the USA Hockey Standard of Play and Rules Emphasis Video Summary: Summary Always penalize any player who uses an illegal tactic to gain a competitive advantage No new playing rules – but a much stronger emphasis on enforcing existing rules The games will become much more enjoyable for all the participants It is about calling penalties based on the result – not the degree of the result Summary: Summary This standard is to be enforced at All levels of play and under All circumstances throughout the game Other infractions such as checking from behind, contact to the head, high sticking, cross checking and roughing must also be enforced to the strictest standard Players must be held accountable for all illegal actions of an intimidating nature or that create a competitive advantage Slide16: Questions? Slide17: More information is available at: www.usahockey.com Slide18: USA Hockey Officiating Education Program Have A Great Season! Authored by Bill Spohn andamp; Matt Leaf, USA Hockey, Inc.