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Georgia State Supervisor Change

Georgia State Supervisor and Chet Stewart Award winner Bob Klein has announced that he is stepping down from his position. Bob has played an instrumental role in the growth of the officiating program in the State of Georgia since becoming state supervisor. “While we will miss his presence going forward, he has left a great legacy for the future”, said Jim Dewhirst, Southeastern District RIC. “I sincerely appreciate his efforts and friendship over the years.”

To replace Bob, Paul Carnathan has been appointed as the new Georgia State Supervisor. Paul has been an active member of USA Hockey for 25 years as an on-ice official. He has attended all USA Hockey camps as a participant and is now on the national Staff as an instructor as well as the Level 4 instructor in the Southeastern District. He has officiated multiple international assignments as well as minor professional and collegiate hockey, including the 2016 Frozen Four. “Paul bring a lot of energy and experience to his new role”, added Dewhirst. “He will be a great asset to the officiating program in Georgia and the Southeastern District.” Paul's appointment is effective immediately and he can be reached at Georgia@southeastrefs.org.


Registration Season Ends

USA Hockey closes the books on Referee registrations on April 30 each year. Consequently, new Officials are not allowed to register at this time. USA Hockey will open the registration system again on August 1. If you are interested in becoming an Official, you should read our New Referee Info for details on how to become an ice hockey Official.

For those who have not completed their registration for the 2017-2018 season, you will have to wait until August 1 to register again. USA Hockey allows for a one-season gap in registration without loss of level. For example, if were a fully-registered Level 3 in the 2016-2017 season and failed to complete your Level 3 registration for the 2017-2018 season, you will be allowed to register as a Level 3 for the 2018-2019 season.


Registration Fee Increase

As discussed at the USA Hockey Winter Meeting, USA Hockey will be instituting a new registration fee structure for the 2018-2019 season. The fee for Level 1 will be $45 and the fee for all the other levels will be fixed at $90. According to Dave Labuda, USA Hockey National Referee-in-Chief, "... we have recognized a trend that some officials were remaining at the lower registration levels. By making the registration fee for Levels 2, 3 and 4 the same, we hope to encourage and motivate those officials to improve their officiating skills by registering at higher levels when they become eligible." Since the fees for Levels 2, 3, and 4 are the same, there is incentive to apply for the higher level. The lower Level 1 fee is designed to attract new Referees by lowering the barrier for first-year participation. These changes will allow the Officiating Program to continue to be self-funded despite rising costs.


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Officiating System Guidelines

Is the two-Official or three-Official system preferred for a U-12 game? Can I use the four-Official system in my U-14 tournament? When can Cross-Ice Officiating be used? Answers to these questions and more can be found in the USA Hockey Officiating Systems Guidelines in the Southeastern District Library .


You Make the Call!

In a Bantam (U-14) game, Player A1 is standing in front of Goaltender B1, just outside the crease. A1 is standing with his back to the play, waving his arms and mirroring the goalkeeper's left to right movement.

What is the Call?





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