At various points throughout the year, the officiating committee will re-assess each official’s current ranking by using on-ice mentorships as well as formal and informal supervisions. This does not mean that each supervision would grant a promotion.
Once a certain skill level is reached, referees will be promoted to Hockey Winnipeg’s system for further development. This includes refereeing all levels from Minor Bantam AA to Midget City AAA as well as lining for Bantam and Midget AAA. Although those levels are not assigned by the area, the local area officiating committee, with the input of other area referees-in-chief, is still responsible for promotions.
Most importantly, upgrades are based upon merit and commitment as determined by the referee-in-chief, assignor, and officials’ development director.