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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 This listing is sometimes out of date as the instructor staff adds new seminars and modifies seminar dates.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 on the 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 training.

You can read full details on the SafeSport program on the Southeastern District USA Hockey SafeSport Program page.

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 season. The 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 here and in the 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.

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.

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