Tri-County Referee Group

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Who We Are

Tri-County Referee Group welcomes you to the 2016-2017 hockey season. TCRG is regarded as the premier Referee Group in providing officials for youth, adult, and High School hockey. TCRG has been identified as having a dynamic approach in developing officials by top hockey associations as well as high schools in the Tri-County area.
Mission Statement

The Tri-County Referee Group consistently strives to be the leader of officiating excellence, performance, and development of new and veteran officials in the dynamic sport of amateur ice hockey. Each member is encouraged to pursue excellence in every aspect of the game. TCRG members are held to a strict level of integrity in order to promote a positive environment, sportsmanship and professionalism in amateur hockey. Success depends upon these core values as well as the pursuit of excellence, commitment and integrity. TCRG is here to serve and assist all officials, players, coaches, teams and parents in attaining these core values.
 The Official's Code of Ethics:

  • Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else
  • Accept responsibility for all actions taken
  • Be impartial
  • Avoid any situation which may lead to a conflict of interest
  • Be courteous, respectful and open to discussion and interaction
  • Seek continual self improvement through study, performance evaluation, and regular renewing of certifications
  • Be a positive role model for both the participants and younger officials in your behavior and personal appearance
  • Refrain from any form of personal abuse towards participants
  • Refrain from any form of sexual harassment towards participants
  • Show concern and caution towards sick and injured participants
Tri-County Referee Group looks forward to
assigning officials at the following venues:

  • Fraser Hockeyland, Fraser, MI, USA
  • Mount Clemens Ice Arena, Mount Clemens, MI, USA
  • Troy Sports Center, Troy, MI, USA

What is the avenue to file a complaint when officials lose control of the game? What is the hierarchy for filing a protest for poor officiating?

There are some officials who do not use good judgment and assess the appropriate penalties, there are also situations where people are emotionally attached to the outcome of the game and may see things through rose-colored glasses.

The USA Hockey Officiating Program does have a mechanism in place, through our local volunteers (Local Supervisor of Officials and District Referees-in-Chief), to investigate improper behavior by officials and take the appropriate action. Concerns regarding officiating should be submitted in writing to the Local Supervisor of Officials for that area. If unsure as to who that may be, you can find the necessary contact information in the Directory in the Officials Zone on The Local Supervisor of Officials can investigate your concerns and take the appropriate action. This action may include scheduling a formal evaluation or even disciplinary action, if the actions of the officials were deemed inappropriate.

However, I am also going to take this opportunity to make a point that is important to the overall well being of our game. An official's role is to enforce the rules to the best of his/her ability. It is not to control the game or the actions of the players. Regardless as to the caliber of officiating, each player must still be held responsible for his/her actions and the coach is held accountable for the actions of his/her team. When we receive complaints saying the officials lost control of the game and there were numerous cheap shots, the first question that comes to mind is what actions did the coaches take to control their players? As an example, if a player is tripped in the neutral zone, regardless as to whether a penalty is called or not, that player does not have the right to hit their opponent over the head with his/her stick. When a player commits a violent infraction, doesn't the coach have an obligation to address the action of the player? Whether a penalty was assessed or not? The on-ice officials cannot prevent a player from committing a violent infraction, they can only enforce the rules and assess the appropriate penalties after the fact. However, the coaches and parents have the ability to influence the players on a daily basis through practice and discipline to perform in a sportsmanlike and fair manner. Until all factions of the USA Hockey family come together and take an active role in creating a positive playing environment for all participants, we will not be able to make the strides necessary to improve our game. It is reasonable to expect the officials to enforce the rules to the best of their ability, but it is not realistic, nor fair, to expect them to shoulder the responsibility for the actions of the players.

As far as protests go, there really is no avenue to protest a game based on what is perceived by one team to be inadequate officiating. Unless a blatant misapplication of the rule took place or ineligible players were used, protests are seldom heard by local governing bodies. These issues are all handled at the local level, so you will need to inquire through your local league or governing body to find out about their policies regarding protests of game outcomes.