Scorekeeping and Timekeeping

All Red Hawks Home games require a Scorekeeper and a Timekeeper; the visiting team may choose to provide an observer.  Together these three are called the bench officers or table officers.

General Guidance

  • You are part of the officiating crew, and are there to assist the officials. 
  • Ask for official’s help when needed. 
  • You have no responsibility for administering or enforcing rules. 
  • The table is neutral -- please cheer for the home team silently. 


  • Scoresheet (boys and girls are different)
    • Scoresheets are in the game box with backups in the coaches box
  • Timing Device (usually your phone)
  • Horn (hand-held or part of the scoreboard)
    • In the Game Box

Score Keeping


Record on the score sheet:

  • The home team roster
  • The visiting team roster
  • Game date/time

During the Game

  • Record goals and assists into the scorebook: include player number and time of goal
  • Verify the goals/assists and player #s with the referee at the end of each quarter.
  • Record timeouts team and time when called. Notify the nearest referee immediately if more timeouts are taken than allowed.
  • Record the time of, duration, infraction type and player # when penalties are assessed.

After the Game

  • Provide one copy of the scoresheet to the opposing team, the official, and the home team

Time Keeping

  • Use your phone timer to countdown the quarters
  • Start and stop the clock at the official’s whistle
  • You are also in charge of penalty times

Game Length

  • 12U, 14U: Game is four 10-minute stop-time quarters, with a 2-minute break between each period and a 5-minute half time
  • 10U: two 12-minute running time halves, with a 4-minute halftime period

End of Period Notifications

You will sound the horn at the end of each time period, and warn the coaches and official when the period is coming to conclusion.

  • Officials will indicate the amount of time prior to the end of a period in which they would like to be notified. A two minute warning prior to end of a half/game is required.
  • Provide a countdown from 10 seconds at end of the periods to referee.
  • Track time during intermissions and alert coaches and officials four minutes prior to intermission ending.

Penalty Times

  • You will set the penalty clock based on the infraction and time specified by the official.
  • Calculate release time.
  • The penalty clocks starts/stops with the official’s whistle.
  • Provide the player/coach an audible countdown from 10 seconds to release the penalized player.
  • If multiple players out for a penalty, be clear on which player is being released.
  • Penalties vary in time – the referee will identify the amount of time to be served.
    • Personal fouls – one to three minutes depending on the infraction
    • Technical fouls – 30 seconds

Penalty Types

  • RELEASABLE Penalty – penalty time is over when a goal is scored
  • UNRELEASEABLE Penalty – the full penalty time is served regardless of goal or period ending.