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2019 USA Hockey Training Camps

Each summer, the development of young officials continues at the USA Hockey Officiating Development Camps. These camps are used to identify and prepare officials for junior, collegiate, and professional competition, and provide all participants with the fundamental skills needed to return home to their grassroots hockey community and be the best amateur hockey officials they can become. Many of the top officials in the United States have progressed through the various summer development camps, and USA Hockey recruits the top instructors available from professional and collegiate leagues to educate and evaluate the participants in all aspects of officiating.

USA Hockey has announced their 2019 summer training camp schedule. This year's training camps include Futures Camps, Sled Hockey Futures Camp, High Performance Camp, and the Program of Merit. There are separate training camps for USA Hockey instructors, the folks who run our annual Officiating Seminars.

We have the dates and locations for the USA Hockey training camps posted to our Training Page. Applications for all but the Instructor Training Camp are submitted online at USA Hockey. Go to the USA Hockey Officiating Development Camps web site and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the links to the camp applications. Most applications are due by March 15. If you are interested in becoming an instructor, contact your State Supervisor of Officials for a link to the application form. Instructor training applications are due before March 5.


Advanced Officiating Symposium

USA Hockey is accepting reservations for the first annual Advanced Officiating Symposium for Officials applying for the new Tenured Official status. The Symposium will be held July 26-28, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN. Registration is open only to Officials who have been completely registered as Level 3 or Level 4 for the previous three seasons. Attendees are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meals with discounted room rates available at the symposium venue, the Minneapolis Airport Marriott. The registration fee for the Symposium is $475. The cut-off date for reservations is July 5, 2019. You can download a copy of the Symposium flyer here

The 2019 Advanced Officiating Symposium will feature presentations from high-level speakers including Kevin Collins, long-time NHL linesman who was recently inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame; four-time Olympic referee Dennis LaRue, Brian Murphy, who was an NHL linesman for 29 seasons; and Joy Johnston, three-time Olympic referee and Ice Hockey United Kingdom director of officiating. General session presentations will cover a wide range of topics, including managing teams, developing a strong mental officiating game and career development.

Attendance at the Advanced Officiating Symposium is required in order to earn Tenured status. Tenured Officials will not be required to attend an annual Officiating Education classroom seminar or pass the closed book test in order to renew their registration. In order to renew their annual registration, Tenured Officials will be required to complete an abbreviated Online Education Module and pass of the Open Book Rules test. Background screening and SafeSport is still required. Tenured status will continue as long as the Official maintains his or her completed registration status. You must be a completely registered Level 3 or Level 4 Official for the previous three seasons in order to apply for Tenured status.

You can read more about the USA Hockey Tenured Official program and the Annual Officiating Symposium at the USA Hockey USA Hockey Tenured Officials page.


2019 Southeastern District Select Camp

The 2019 Southeastern District Select Camp will be held May 8-12, 2019 at Extreme Ice in Indian Trail, (Charlotte) NC. The DSC, also known as the Official's Development Camp, is an advanced training camp held in conjunction with the Southeastern District Hockey Festival. The festival is where age qualified youth players will be trying out for teams that will compete at the national level. You will receive advanced training and work live games with some of the best players in the district.

As the name implies, you must be selected to attend the DSC. Attendance is limited to 18 participants. You must be a fully registered Southeastern District Official, Level 2 or higher, age 18 or above. More information is available at DSC announcement and online application form. Applications are due not later than Friday, February 1, 2019. There are still a few seats available, but you have to act fast.


USA Hockey Clip of the Week

Each week during the playing season, USA Hockey Officiating Development posts a "Clip of the Week", video clips that illustrate a playing rule, good Officating practice, or other game management issue. The clips use real playing situations and, in some cases, the action is replayed in slow motion to allow the viewer to see infractions in detail. The clips are annotated with rule references and expert commentary to explain the issues shown in the video segment.

The USA Hockey Playng Rules Clip of the Week can be found at: https://www.usahockey.com/officialsvideos. You do not have to sign on to the USA Hockey web site to view the videos. Clips from past seasons are also archived on the site, but you should be aware that rule changes may have made some of the older videos obsolete.


New Seminars Added

For those who have not yet attended a USA Hockey seminar, we have added new seminars in Florida and Georgia for all levels.

The Florida seminar will be Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The Georgia seminar will be Monday evening, January 7, 2019 at Center Ice in Sandy Spring, GA. The session will start at 6:15 PM to conclude at 10:15 PM.

Reservations are required. Go to the USA Hockey Seminars page to reserve a seat at the seminars.


USA Hockey Policy Regarding Officials Participating in Non-USA Hockey Sanctioned Games

Affiliate and officials' organizations may establish and use reasonable criteria, rules, and procedures for selection and scheduling of officials for games within their jurisdiction. There are numerous valid reasons why an Affiliate, officials' organization, or scheduler may select one official over another for a particular game, league, or level of play. However, no USA Hockey official may be penalized, threatened, excluded, or made ineligible for officiating USA Hockey games based on that official being certified by or officiating games that are not sanctioned by USA Hockey or are sanctioned by some other entity. Many USA Hockey officials work games not under USA Hockey authority (e.g. NCAA, Canadian Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League, National Federation of High Schools, etc.). To be sure, an official will not receive the benefits of USA Hockey, including insurance coverage, supervision, disciplinary process and enforcement, etc., while officiating a game not sanctioned by USA Hockey and that official is not permitted to wear a USA Hockey crest (patch) on their sweater during a game not sanctioned by USA Hockey. To reiterate, no Affiliate may, and no Affiliate shall permit an official's organization or scheduler under its control to punish, threaten, black-ball, or make any official ineligible for USA Hockey games based on the official becoming certified by another entity, or officiating games that are not sanctioned by USA Hockey. Most hockey programs and officials associations endeavor to consider their officials to be independent contractors; to place restrictions on officials from officiating non-sanctioned games may place that independent contractor status as rick, and subject the hockey program or officials association to other liabilities.


Complete your Registration!

Haven't gotten your 2018-2019 Referee card and crest yet? That means you haven't completed your registration. In order to complete your USA Hockey Referee registration and be eligible to work games, you must:

If you have completed all of the above (or think you have completed all of the above), you can check your status by logging in to the USA Hockey Registration System and click on the "My Profile" menu item. If you forgot your USA Hockey password, use the "Lost your password?" link to recover your password. Note that this is not the same password as your password for this site.

In addition to completing your USA Hockey registration, Officials over age 18 and all Florida Officials must have a completed background screen on file. Background screening must be renewed every two years for most Southeastern District Officials and annually for Florida Officials. You can check your background screening status by logging on to this web site and selecting the Members => Officials menu item. If you need to complete or renew your background screening, you can read all about it on the Background Screening page.


Officiating Assignments

USA Hockey has added the ability for Referees to select the districts where they can be assigned to work games. Your completed USA Hockey registration entitles you to officiate any USA Hockey-sanctioned game nationwide. Your registration is based on your home address. You are automatically registered you in your home district, but if you work games in another district, you can add that district to your USA Hockey Profile. This will release your registration information to assigners in that district so they can verify your eligibility to work games.

For example, if you live in West Virginia, you will be registered in the Mid-American district. If you work games in Maryland, you should add the Southeastern District to your profile. A list of the USA Hockey national districts can be found in the USA Hockey Directory. We have full instructions on how to update your profile on our Out-Of-District Officials page.

USA Hockey does not maintain background screening information, so you are still responsible for sending your background screening to the Screening Coordinator for the other districts. Instructions for the Southeastern District background screening can be found on our Background Screening page.


Stripes Magazine

Stripes Magazine is the official publication of the USA Hockey Officiating Program. The e-magazine is published monthly during the season with new articles added to the Stripes website periodically throughout the year. You can read Stripes articles and download PDF copies of the magazine at: https://www.usahockey.com/stripesnewsletter.

The September 2018 edition of Stripes contains articles describing the new features offered by the USA Hockey Courses web site, tips for using the USA Hockey game reporting system, and a discussion of what it means to take pride in your role as an Official. This is typical of the informative and thought-provoking information contained in Stripes. It's must reading for all who want to improve their Officiating skills.


Referee Registration

USA Hockey is now accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 season. Go to the USA Hockey Registration page to register as a USA Hockey Referee. Your registration form will show you what your eligibility is for the various levels. New Officials must register as a Level 1. After you register, you can go to the USA Hockey Courses page to reserve a seat at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar. Be sure to sign up for a seminar that matches the level at which you applied.

There have been some questions about the new registration procedures for the 2018-2019 season. USA Hockey has instituted a new fee structure:

  • Level 1 only: $45
  • Levels 2 thru 4: $90
  • Affiliated (Non-skating): $30
In addition, there are new rules for Level eligibility:
  • Officials age 16 or over can remain at Level 1 Complete for two years only
  • Officials age 16 or older must apply for Level 2 after two seasons at Level 1 Complete
  • Those who don’t pass Level 2 criteria will complete at Level 1, as is current policy
  • Level 2 officials can remain at that level or advance to Level 3 at any time


USA Hockey Open and Closed Book Tests

USA Hockey has changed the open and closed book tests. The old 100-question open book test has been replaced by a set of Level-specific open book tests. Level 1 Officials will take a 50 question, Level 1 specific rules exam where 35 is a passing score. Level 2 Officials are required to pass a different 50 question Level 2 specific open book test where 40 is a passing grade and a new Level 2 specific closed book test where 24 out of 30 questions is passing. Level 3 and Level 4 Officials will also have Level-specific open and closed book tests where 45 out of 50 is passing for the open book and 40 out of 50 is passing for the closed book tests.

Also new this year, returning Level 3 and 4 Officials will have the option to "test out" of the elective portion of the online curriculum. You will still be required to complete the core online seminar modules, but returning Level 3's and 4's will not be required to repeat the elective modules.


Southeastern District Organization

USA Hockey is organized by district. There are 13 districts across the country. We are in the Southeastern District, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The District Officials organization supports the Southeastern District Affiliates who manage the leagues, coaches and players in the District. The Southeastern District is composed of four Affiliates, the Carolina Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA), Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association (PVAHA), Southern Amateur Hockey Association (SAHA) and Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida (SAHOF). There are links to each of the Affiliate web sites on the Links Page.

The Southeastern District Officiating Program Staff (SEDOP) is your connection to the overall USA Hockey organization. We are responsible for conducting the Officiating Education Seminars including the District Select Camp and District Officiating Seminar. In addition to running the seminars, the District Staff is available to assist with any USA Hockey registration issues. The Southeastern District Screening Coordinator administers Referee background screening for the local Affiliates. The District Referee-in-Chief and his staff supervise the officiating for USA Hockey National Championships held within the District. We are also responsible for Referee evaluations and reporting assaults on Officials within the District.

Most game assignments are managed by local Officials associations. Those local associations with web sites are listed on the Links Page. If you are looking to work a game, contact your local Officials association for their assignment procedures. If you live in an area not covered by a local association, contact your state or local Supervisor of Officials. State and Local Supervisors are listed on the state pages on this web site.


Registration System Changes

USA Hockey is changing the rules for registering at the various levels. Starting this year, if you are over the age of 16, you will only be allowed to remain a Level 1 for two years. Level 1 Officials under age 16 may remain at Level 1 until they reach age 16 as of August 1 of the current calendar year. If you are over 16 and have been Level 1 for two years or more, you will only be allowed to register as Level 2.

Level 1 Officials are encouraged to advance to Level 2 after one year, but you must move to Level 2 after the second year as a Level 1. The Officiating Development Program adds advanced topics to the instructional curriculum at the higher levels. This change is intended to encourage Officials to advance and improve their officiating skills.

USA Hockey has also revised the registration fee structure for the 2018-2019 season. The Level 1 registration fee will be $45 plus a $10 Officiating Program Fee. The registration fee for all other levels will be $90 plus the $10 Officiating Program Fee.


Seminar Instructors

Seminar season will soon be upon us. USA Hockey Officiating Education seminars are held each year between August and November. The seminars are taught by volunteer instructors who have completed the USA Hockey Instructor Training Camp. Prospective instructors are selected by the District Referee-in-Chief to attend the training camps held in Lake Plaid, NY and Colorado Springs, CO.

If you are interested in volunteering to be a USA Hockey seminar instructor, you can read more about the USA Hockey Seminar Instructor Training Program on the USA Hockey webiste. We will post announcements here and on the Training Page about applying for Instructor Training Camp. Applications are usually due in early March for the camps held in April and May. Contact your State Supervisor of Officials for more information or talk to a seminar instructor when you go to your seminar this fall.


USA Hockey Twitter Feed

Want the latest news from USA Hockey? Subscribe to the USA Hockey Twitter feed. You'll get current information about Championship games, International Tournaments, sled hockey, and more. There are coaching tips and other amateur hockey news. With over 20,000 tweets and 313,000 followers, the USA Hockey Twitter feed is the place to be. Join the fun.


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.


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 .


USA Hockey Game Reports

USA Hockey Officials are required to submit a game report as part of their officiating responsibility when a reportable incident occurs during a game. The USA Hockey Game Reporting System is available through your USA Hockey Referee Profile. Only one report from all Officials involved is required per incident. More information and links to the USA Hockey Incident Report system are available here.

Reports involving assaults on Officials are reported here. In the case of assaults, reports are required from each Official involved in the game.


New Officials

If you are interested in becoming a USA Hockey Official, please read the How to Become a Referee web page. Since all USA Hockey Officials seminars have been completed for the 2017-2018 season, your first opportunity to officiate will be next season. Do not submit a registration with USA Hockey for the 2017-2018 season since you will not be able to go to a seminar and complete your registration. USA Hockey does not offer refunds for incomplete registrations.

If additional seminars are added later in the year, we'll post the information here. Again, do not apply with USA Hockey unless you are certain that you can attend a seminar and complete your registration.


How to Become a Referee

New officials must register with USA Hockey, attend a Level 1 seminar, pass an open book rules test, and complete the online training curricula. Officials over the age of 18 must also complete SafeSport training and complete a background investigation. A background investigation is required for all Florida officials, regardless of age. (This is a state law and not a USA Hockey requirement.) See the How to Become an Ice Hockey Referee page for information on how to get started as a USA Hockey Official.