CCMHA cre­ates ini­tia­tive for new of­fi­cials

The Amherst News - - SPORTS -

The Cum­ber­land County Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion is launch­ing a new pro­gram to help add new of­fi­cials to its ros­ter.

There will be two on-ice ses­sions lead­ing up to the yearly clinic which is on Sept. 29. They are Sept 18 and 25 at 8 p.m.

There will also be in­for­ma­tion ses­sions an hour be­fore. Both ses­sions are free of charge.

It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to learn and try of­fi­ci­at­ing with­out mak­ing a year-long com­mit­ment. If a new of­fi­cial de­cides they would like to join our team, they sim­ply reg­is­ter on­line through Hockey Canada and pay their reg­is­tra­tion fee.

Once that new of­fi­cial works 10 games, they will re­ceive their money back from CCMHA for the reg­is­tra­tion.

This is a new ini­tia­tive. More times than not, a new of­fi­cial reg­is­ters on­line and pur­chases gear be­fore they have even tried of­fi­ci­at­ing.

For a par­ent, it is a lot to pay hun­dreds of dol­lars to do some­thing their son or daugh­ter hasn’t even tried.

“I am ex­cited that CCMHA is on board with this and hope it takes off,” ref­eree-in-chief Travis Par­rell said. “Re­ten­tion among young of­fi­cials has been a strug­gle through­out the coun­try for a long time, and in our area. I’m hop­ing this can be a step in the right di­rec­tion. Of­fi­ci­at­ing is an ex­cel­lent way to be ac­tive, learn more about the game and can be an en­joy­able way for a per­son to make some ex­tra money.”

If there are any ques­tions, con­tact Par­rell at par­rel­l_­travis@hot­mail.com

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