Level 2 Questions #2
Level 2 Questions #2
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The fundamental building block of officiating is positioning.
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It is okay for an official to wear pink skate laces in their skates, as long as they are a female official.
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According to USA Hockey's Standard of Play Initiative, the purpose of a body check is to separate the opponent from the puck.
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The procedure for calling icing is the same whether the two-official or three-official system is being used.
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During a normal stoppage of play for a frozen puck or an off-sides violation, the official who stops play shall skate to the face-off location after checking the players for potential altercations, to spot the face-off.
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When an official makes an off-sides call, the correct signal is a finger pointed at the player who caused the off-sides violation.
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During the initial assessment of a penalty, the correct procedure is as follows: the official will stop play when the offending team has possession of the puck. The official will come to a complete stop. The official will point in the direction of the player who committed the foul, and verbalize the number of the player, the color of the team and the infraction committed. The official will also make the proper signal of the penalty.
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It is important to wear clean, properly fitting gear as an official. Looking like an official will allow you to command respect, which will help to make your job easier.
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The first thing to remember when calling off-sides, is that the blue line is ALWAYS considered to be part of the zone in which the puck is in.
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When a puck is shot out of the rink, only the older, more senior official should blow the whistle to stop play.
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Face-offs can only take place on an imaginary line connecting the end zone face-off dots. Never in the middle of the ice with the exception of the center ice face-off dot.
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The proper signal for hooking is a motion of hooking your finger in the corner of your mouth and tugging like you are hooking a fish.
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The signal for a time-out, and the signal for unsportsmanlike conduct, are the same – utilizing the hands to form a “T” in the TV zone.
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A good official never makes mistakes, and never admits it even if he/she does. They should be arrogant and refuse to talk to the coaches about any of his/her calls.
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Face-offs can only take place on an imaginary line connecting the end zone face-off dots. Never in the middle of the ice with the exception of the center ice face-off dot.
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Whistles, at least two, official rulebook/casebook, tape and cut laces are some of the supplies an official will need to perform his or her duties to their best ability.
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Skating as a referee and skating as a player are exactly the same.
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If a coach has a question and wants to speak with an official about a penalty call, the older, more experienced official must be the only one who speaks with the coach.
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It is okay for an official to use obscene or vulgar language towards a coach or player, as long as the coach or player used it first.
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USA Hockey evaluators are considered “coaches” of the officiating team.
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