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Hey Ref!!!
Submitted By DirMarket on Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Ever wonder what goes through an official's mind when they make a call?  Always wanted to get clarification on a rule?  Or just want to know more about the rules of hockey? Now is your chance to ask our Director of Officiating, Mark Sliwowicz.

Ask your questions by clicking here. This is your chance to ask a question about a particular rule, if you wanted to get clarification on how officials make calls or if you just want to get a better understanding of the rules in general. Being an official is a difficult job, no matter what call you make half of the arena is going to disagree, but our officials always strive to create a safe and fair environment for our players.  Here are some of this week's Q&A:

Q:  What goes into a referee's decision to move the face-off for an off-side
call all the way down into the attacking team's zone? - Michael

A: This is an 'intentional off-side' and occurs when a linesman/referee judges that the off-side team has intentionally touched/played the puck in order to get a whistle.

Q: Why are there different penalties (duration) assessed for head shots. Sometimes I see 2 min and sometimes I see 4 min. - Joe

A: Head Contact penalties are judged on two criteria. "Accidental" is where a referee judged that contact was made to the head accidentally (for example: check delivered to the chest then hands might ride up). This penalty is 2-minutes. "Intentional" is the other type, where a referee judges that the contact was intentionally to the head. A punch to the head, face wash, are just some examples. Referees don't use "direct" or "indirect", only "Accidental" and "Intent".

Q:  How old do you have to be before you can begin refereeing in the AMHA? - Aidan

A: You must be 14 years old by the end of the year in which the season starts (so for 2013/14, if you turn 14 on Nov 22, 2013 for example, you are still eligible).

Have a question you would like answered?  Ask it here.
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