RED DEER - Hockey officials in Alberta will find a few changes in the registration and clinic process as they prepare for the 2018-19 season.
As part of a larger restructuring at the provincial and regional levels, Hockey Alberta is implementing a fully online registration and payment process for clinics that also requires ALL adult officials (19 years and older) to have a current Criminal Record Check (CRC) on file as a prerequisite to being allowed to register for a clinic.
Adult officials must complete a CRC every three seasons, as per Hockey Alberta’s policy. The CRC requirement has been in place for three seasons; therefore, officials who completed a CRC in that initial season will need to complete the CRC process again this year.
CRCs are accepted only through the online platform of Sterling Talent Solutions. Once received by Hockey Alberta, it may take up to a week for HCR to be updated; therefore, officials are advised to complete the CRC process as soon as possible.
Clinic listings and registration links go live on the Hockey Alberta website on August. The deadline to register for a clinic is 10 days prior to the clinic date, to allow for materials to be shipped to instructors. Registration and payment for a clinic must be done online, with payment only accepted via Mastercard or Visa (no debit or prepaid credit cards allowed).
For new officials, the requirement to complete Hockey University (HU - ONLINE OFFICIATING 1/2) prior to attending a clinic remains in place. This will require a new official to set up an eHockey account if the individual does not already have one.
The changes to the registration and clinic process are components of the new operational structure for the Hockey Alberta Officials Committee, and the six Officials Regions effective for the 2018-19 season. The new Officials Committee includes:
- Chair - Craig DeCoursey
- Data Coordinator - Dave Butler
- Supervision Coordinator - Dave Ganley
- Match Penalty Coordinator - Kumail Moledina
- Male Development Coordinator - TBD
- Female Development Coordinator - Carrie Keller
- Leadership Coordinator - Chris Bruce
- Peace Region Coordinator - CJ Senkow
- North East Region Coordinator - Rob Larson
- North Region Coordinator - Stefan Brown
- North Central Region Coordinator - Darren Kuz
- Central Region Coordinator - Lance McKinnon
- South Region Coordinator - David Shaw
“The new structure of the Officiating Committee will better support a broader and more provincial perspective where it comes to officiating in Alberta,” said Craig DeCoursey, Chair of the committee. “The committee remains largely unchanged from the previous season, allowing us to retain the vast experience and knowledge of the team members, and at the same time promotes a nimble decision-making process that will provide a new level of support for associations, teams and leagues. I’m excited to lead the group in the coming years and be a part of a new beginning for officiating in Alberta.”
Included in the changes is the addition of Curtis Nichols as the new Manager of Officials, based in the Hockey Alberta office in Red Deer.
For any questions pertaining to the new registration and clinic process, or regarding Criminal Record Checks, please contact Curtis Nichols, Manager, Officiating (Registration/Clinics), or Mike Klass, Director, Business Operations (Criminal Record Checks).