Minor Officials are Everyone's Responsibility
We have been receiving comments from coaches which suggest that some teams are not fulfilling their game responsibilities by providing Minor Officials.
CORA Rules & Regs stipulate that the home team is responsible for ensuring that minor officials are available, including game timekeeper, game scorekeeper, and penalty box attendants. Where possible, the visiting team may provide a minor official to assist the home team.
Granted, it is sometimes difficult to fill these positions if your team does not have a lot of steady fans BUT, it is still the duty of every team to ensure that there are people in the box and it is unfair to assume that your opponent will provide people (sometimes fans really just want to watch the game!)
If you are having trouble, try creating a “minor official schedule” and have every player on the team take a slot or two – this means it is that player’s responsibility to ensure that they provide a worker (whether they hire one, bring someone or ask someone who normally comes to games). The slot is the player’s to fill, so if they don’t arrange to have someone there then they are responsible to work the shift.