While most aspire to play in the NHL, somehow along the way most lose interest or aren’t interested. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy the game. Becoming a hockey official is a rather easy task, it simply requires attending a clinic and receiving certification. Remaining an official is what sets officials apart. Some officials quit because of life incidents, while other quite on account of frustration. The frustration of the constant abuse of coaches, fans, and believe it or not fellow officials. Officiating does have its benefits here are some of the benefits:
Pay: Remuneration for official is respectable, it averages about 20/hour for competitive hockey. Most officials who join officiating do it for the money to begin, but then begin to enjoy a love for it.
Camaraderie: Most people who leave hockey miss the social aspect of it. The ability to be part of a team, and accomplish a common goal. Officiating offers this experience.
Fitness: Being an officials requires a good level of fitness, however it also offers an opportunity to do some exercise, and stay in shape.
Being involved in the game: Many people who leave hockey still enjoy the game. By becoming an official you get to enjoy the game by remaining in it. Being involved in the game is one of the reasons many officials do it.
I encourage anyone think of becoming an official to watch the following video: