Home Team will provide the scoresheet, and both teams should give you labels to put on. It is best to have a scrap sheet of paper so you can jot notes from the ref or to keep shots for the goalies.
Section A: Write in the Team Name and circle whether they are Home or Away. (Usually the Home team goes on the left side of the sheet). On the team labels (or if they are written in), players who are not in the game should be crossed out. If you notice a discrepancy, bring it to the attention of the team’s manager. If a player is serving a suspension, it must be marked on the signed scoresheet or the suspension won’t count. This is more of a manager concern than yours, but you can bring it to someone’s attention if you notice a suspended player isn’t written down just to help them out.
Section B: Both head coaches must sign the scoresheet – this is usually easier to get before the game than after. The coaches’ CEP# and Level (1,2,3 or 4) should also be on either the label or written in.
Section C: Complete this section prior to the start of the game. Mark High School, the Date, the Division (Varsity or JV), the Game start time, the Arena you are in, and put Ice for the surface. You will sign the scoresheet, and the refs will sign it after the game is over. You must stay in the box until you get this completed or they don’t get paid. For high school games, the Athletic Trainer will also sign the scoresheet at the top as well.
Section D: As the game progresses, the ref will come to the window and tell you information on goals (who got the goal and assist, if applicable) and penalties. Write down what they tell you. The PER is the period, and TIME is time of the goal. G is the jersey number of the player with the goal, ASSIST is the jersey # or #’s of the assisting players. In the TYPE column, write E if it was an even-strength goal, PP is Power Play and SH is if the team was on a Penalty Kill and were short-handed.
For the Penalties, again, write what the ref tells you. They will give you the jersey # and the infraction as well as the length of the penalty (i.e., #4, two minutes for tripping). Write the PER (period), NO is jersey #, OFFENSE is the infraction (write exactly what they say – ask them for clarification if you didn’t hear them), MIN is length of the penalty (2, 5, etc.), OFF is what time the penalty starts (when they blew the whistle and the clock stopped), START is usually the same as “OFF” – it is when the penalty starts. It will only become an issue when you have more than two penalties and there is no more room on the scoreboard. ON is what time they go back on the ice (usually the time of the penalty minus the 2 minutes unless a goal is scored. Then mark the time of the goal (that’s when they’ll leave the box). The time of the penalty is very important – it will become an issue if you get multiple players in the box and you’re trying to keep track of who comes out when. If a team takes a Penalty Shot, that counts as a penalty for the infracting team. Write the time, the player who took the shot and whether a goal was scored or not.
Note: If a player gets a 2 and a 10 penalty, make sure to write that player’s jersey number for both penalties; do not write the # of the kid who serves the 2 minute penalty. Same thing for a bench penalty – write “bench”, not the kid’s jersey who is serving. You will skew their stats and possibly the points total they have with the league disciplinary system.
If either team calls a time out, you must write it at the bottom of the scoresheet (usually in the Penalties section there will be room) – which team and what time is on the clock.
Section E: Goalies. Write the jersey # of each team’s starting goalie, and at the end of each period, write in the number of shots and saves (if you were keeping them – most team’s appreciate this). Please note: for a shot to count as a shot, it had to have gone in the net if the goalie wasn’t there. The great jumping saves that goalies make when the puck was going over the net or wide, are NOT shots. At the end of the game, you will add up the totals. If another goalie comes in mid-game, make sure to jot down what time and what period they made the switch (on your scrap paper) so you can mark the total minutes each goalie played at the end of the game.
Section F: At the end of each period, write the total number of goals for each team. Total it at the end of the game and look at your individual team stats to make sure your number of goals match!
At the conclusion of the game, make sure all the sections are totaled and everyone has signed who is supposed to sign. Sometimes the ref will take their copy of the scoresheet (the last copy), but usually only if there is a game misconduct. The Away team gets the pink copy, the Home team gets the Yellow copy but give the Home team manager the White and the Yellow because they need to get the White copy to the league.