Regulations & Procedures - ARTICLE III: OFF-ICE OFFICIALS

A. Off-ice officials are considered an extension of the on-ice officiating team. In order for the game to run smoothly, a good group of off-ice officials are necessary to assist the on-ice crew. They are an extension of the on-ice officiating team. Even though their powers are limited, their responsibilities are a necessary part of successfully playing a game. In essence, they are assisting the on-ice officials in the overall conducting of the game. With this in mind, we prefer to refer to them as off-ice officials and when working in coordination with the on-ice officials, they form the officiating team.

B. The off-ice officials is to serve as a liaison between the officials and the teams both before and after the game. The off-ice officials will be responsible for securing the game rosters from each team prior to the start of the game. After the game, they will ensure the scoresheet is properly completed and signed by the officials and will distribute a copy to each team, with the appropriate copy going to the league Commissioner.

C. As part of the game officiating team, it is important for the off-ice officials to remain impartial at all times. This is difficult to do, especially since a family member or close friend may be participating in the game. However, impartiality must be maintained at all times in order to dispel any notions of favoritism and to create the positive playing environment. If you have difficulty in accomplishing this, you may wish to review you involvement as an off-ice official. We certainly expect the on-ice officials to remain impartial and teams should expect the same standard from office officials.

D. Another important role of the off-ice official is to monitor behavior in and around the area known as the penalty benches and scorer's bench. Players, who have been penalized, may behave in an unsportsmanlike manner by trying to incite an opponent, use obscene or vulgar language or be disrespectful to the off-ice officials. In addition, these penalized players may be harassed by spectators leaning over the glass. In many instances, this action may be unobserved by the on-ice officials. It is the responsibility of the off-ice officials to report these incidents to the on-ice officials during the next stoppage of play.

E. Finally, the role of the off-ice official includes undivided attention to the game in progress. The game clock must be stopped and started at the appropriate times and special attention should be paid as to whether the clock is functioning properly. Goals, assists and penalties, as reported by the referee, must be recorded accurately and quickly in order to minimize unnecessary delays. Penalty expiration situations must also be handled smoothly and efficiently in order to create a fair playing environment. If there is any questions or uncertainty regarding a situation, the issue must be addressed with the on-ice officials as soon as possible. All of these special tasks require the complete attention of the off-ice officials for the duration of the game. Failure to do so may result in a less than totally positive game environment for all of the game participants.

F. The official scorer is the individual who is responsible for the completion of the game scoresheet. In some cases, the official scorer may also serve as the P.A. announcer. The game scoresheet is the official record of that game and will be sent to the league office upon completion while copies are distributed to each team. During the course of the game, the official scorer will record information on the game scoresheet, such as goals and assists and penalties, as reported to him/her by the on-ice officials. The official scorer is also responsible for recording saves (and/or shots on goal). They may ask the penalty bench attendants for assistance with this duty as each one can be responsible for one team's shots or saves.

G. Once the game has been completed; the official scorer should check the scoresheet completely for accuracy and neatness. Any last minute information must be recorded on the scoresheet prior to it being signed. This includes goals per period, shots on goal (or saves), last minute subtractions from the game rosters (those player(s) who did not dress and participate in the game) and any notes regarding special awards (hat trick, playmaker, shut-out) or suspensions that need to be included on the scoresheet.

H. The official scoresheet then should be signed by the official scorer in the appropriate place prior to inspection by the on-ice officials. The on-ice officials should cross out all of those portions of the scoresheet that have not been used . This is done to prevent any information from being added to the scoresheet after the officials have properly signed the document. Once satisfied that the scoresheet is accurate and complete, the officials will sign the scoresheet and retain their copy(s)

I. Alterations, amendments, corrections, changes may only be authorized through the agreement of the on-ice officials. No Coach, Parent, Penalty Bench Personal may authorize any changes made to the scoresheet. A Coach may ask an on-ice official to make a change and only through the on-ice official will a change be allowed. Once the scoresheet is signed at the end of the game, no changes will be allowed.