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Alberta Cup Program Overview

The first and second stages of the Male Development Program process begin with the Alberta Cup Zone Camps and lead to the Alberta Cup and the Officiating Development Camp.

The Alberta Cup Zone Camps (one in each of the 6 zones) are designed to give all players, coaches, trainers and referees an equal opportunity to show their skills as well as receive high level instruction and evaluation from quality people identified by Hockey Alberta.

As part of the program, an emphasis is placed on the development and identification of Alberta’s best officials in order to create opportunities for them to represent Alberta at future officiating events. The Alberta Cup is the entry level to Hockey Alberta’s Officiating Development Programs.

The preparation of officials for the Alberta Cup program is crucial to the success of the program and helps develop quality leadership for the future of Hockey in Alberta.

Hockey Alberta routinely selects the top officials from the zone camps to participate at the Alberta Cup competition.

Our Philosophy

  • The overall philosophy of the Alberta Cup Referee Zone Camp is to identify, evaluate and select the best young Hockey Alberta Officials to work the Alberta Cup Competition.
  • Although the Alberta Cup Zone Camp accommodates the current Referee Zone structure, it is intended that the Zone Camps will identify the best young officials throughout the entire province.

Our Objectives

  • To provide an opportunity to identify the best young officials in Alberta for further development and to prepare them for higher levels of hockey.
  • To expose young Hockey Alberta officials to new development and supervision opportunities.
  • To assist in the development of officials for each referee zone through off-ice instruction/on-ice testing and game evaluation through the Alberta Cup Program.
  • To select 2 officials from each 6 Alberta Cup Zone Camps to attend the Alberta Cup competition.
  • To provide a progression of development and identification opportunities towards the Provincial Referee Development Camp.

Selection Criteria

  • Level 2 and 3 HCOP Certified Officials
  • Must be 18 to 28 years of age
  • Must be comfortable refereeing Bantam AAA level of competition
  • Must not have attended the Referee Development Camp or have been previously selected to attend the Alberta Cup Competition (Could have been selected to a previous Zone Camp however).

Each Referee Zone will identify the top 2 officials from those attending their Alberta Cup Zone Camp.

Should a Referee Zone feel they cannot supply enough qualified or appropriate number of officials out of their zone, they must contact the Provincial Coordinator to arrange other zones to fill in at the Zone Camp.

The quality of hockey at the Alberta Cup is very high, so ensure that the invited officials are capable of officiating at the Bantam AAA level.

Application process to be completed within your respective Referee Zones.