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Southeastern District Officiating Seminars
As of July 4, there are now more than 120 seminars listed for the Southeastern
District. You can review the seminar schedule on the
Southeastern District Seminars page.
This listing is sometimes out of date as the instructor staff adds new
seminars and modifies seminar dates. The most up to date listing is
USA Hockey Officiating Classroom Seminar page where you can also
reserve a seat at a seminar. Remember, you must first register or
renew your registration in order to reserve a seat at the seminar.
You can fulfill your annual seminar attendance requirement by attending
any USA Hockey seminar nationwide. For those who live in states adjoining
other districts, check the
USA Hockey Officiating Classroom Seminar page to see if there is a nearby
seminar that may be a better fit for your schedule.
SafeSport and Background Screening
The US Center for SafeSport manages the SafeSport program for USA Hockey
and other Olympic Sport National Governing Bodies such as USA Swimming,
USA Gymnastics, and others. The SafeSport program includes not only
education and training, but requires all participants to take action to
prevent bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and
sexual misconduct and abuse in athletics.
All USA Hockey Officials who are of-age are required to complete annual SafeSport
training and background screening every two years to fulfill
their Officiating registration requirements and be eligible to work USA Hockey games.
The age requirements for SafeSport training has been
changed so that Officials who are or will be 17 years old as of December 31
are required to complete SafeSport training for that
registration year. For the 2019-2020 season, Officials who were born on or before
December 31, 2002 will be required to complete SafeSport training.
Background screening every two years is required for all Officials (except
Florida Officials) over the age of 18.
Florida State Law requires all Florida
Officials, regardless of age, to complete an annual background screen. Florida
Officials younger than 17 will not be required to complete the SafeSport
You can read full details on the SafeSport program on the Southeastern District
USA Hockey SafeSport Program
USA Hockey Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play, and Respect
USA Hockey has released a comprehensive discussion of legal and illegal
body checking that will be a point of emphasis for the 2019-2020 playing
Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play, and Respect was
provided to all attendees at the USA Hockey Annual Congress in Colorado
Springs. The declaration defines Competitive Contact, the allowable
body contact that occurs at all levels of play. The paper also provides
an in-depth discussion of forms of illegal body contact and provides
guidance for Officials on what forms of body contact should be penalized.
You can read the
USA Hockey USA Hockey Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play, and Respect
Southeastern District Library.
Banging the Boards Policy
Dave LaBuda, USA Hockey National Referee-in-Chief, has issued this updated
policy on when to penalize players and team officials for banging the
boards. In an email to District RIC's Dave wrote:
“In an effort to answer the questions that have arose as a result of
the ‘banging the boards’ policy (please note, this is not new it's just being
emphasized), the attached document outlines the spirit and intent of the
policy and the procedure that should be followed by officials in enforcing
this policy in game situations.”
The policy from Dave's email is shown below.
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT (BANGING THE BOARDS)
A bench minor penalty for unsportsmanlike behavior shall be assessed to any
team whose player(s) or team officials bang the boards with a stick or any
other object, including skates or arms, at any time, including after a
body check regardless as to whether the check was penalized or not.
The spirit and intent of this rule is to eliminate unsportsmanlike behavior
that is designed to “taunt” or “intimidate” an opponent through the
celebration of unnecessary or illegal body check. Simply banging the
stick, or other object, against the boards while on the player's
bench is not a penalty. However, it is deemed to be unsportsmanlike
conduct and should be penalized when done as a means of
escalating dangerous and/or unnecessary physical play where
there is no intent to legally gain possession of the puck.
The correct procedure to apply this interpretation is to first warn the
offending team once after the first violation. Any further violation of
this policy by the same team should be penalized by assessing a bench
minor to the team under Rule 601(b)1 & 5. This bench minor is to be
served by a player on the ice at the time of the infraction. Once this
bench minor has been served, any further violations by the same team
shall be penalized by assessing a bench minor penalty.
If a bench minor penalty for a violation of this policy is being served and
before that bench minor expires another violation by the same team occurs
that teams head coach shall be assessed a game misconduct under Rule601(e)1.
You Make the Call!
All face-offs will be conducted at one of the nine face-off spots.
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