Bob Beatty - Hall Of Fame 2022
Bob Beatty - Hall of Fame (Referee)
Bob first joined the ball hockey officiating staff of the Kitchener-Waterloo Ball Hockey Referee’s Association in 1987. Immediately, Bob fell in love with the sport as it reminded him of the days of “Road Hockey” that he played as a child.
In 1989 Bob was invited to his first Provincial Championship tournament that was held in Mississauga, Ontario. He was amazed at the level of play that was on display and the passion for officiating at the Provincial level was infectious.
Bob began to officiate at the National level at the 1993 Canadian Ball Hockey Championships in Ottawa. Bob’s last officiated game at the National Championships occurred where it all began back in 1987 in Kitchener, Ontario at the 2017 National Junior’s. All together this covers a span of 30 years of officiating the great game of Ball Hockey.
Bob has also been fortunate enough to be involved at the World Championship level. His first ISBHF tournament was in Zvolen, Slovakia in 1999. He has also attended ISBHF events in countries such as Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Canada and the USA.
Bob has also held positions of Referee in Chief for Canada Ball Hockey and the ISBHF during his distinguished career.
His famous 5S rule still applies today in ensuring officials perform at the top of their game.
- Stuff after the whistle……..which is never even
- Scoring Chances created or denied by fouls
- And his favorite S – Stupidity.
Bob’s reputation of being “tough but fair” and his ability to communicate with players on and off the floor have contributed to his success as an elite ball hockey official. His familiar yell to players when fighting for possession of the ball in the corners of “Win the Battle” was his trademark encouragement to keep the players engaged.
Please join us in welcoming Bob Beatty to the Canada Ball Hockey Hall of Fame!