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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.


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.


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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 .


Southeastern District Officials Working National Championships

Congratulations to these Southeastern District Officials who were selected to work National Championship Games:

TIER 1 U-14 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP April 5-10, 2018 Charlotte, NC
Doug Asano, Level 4 (NC)
Ryan Gaus, Level 4 (NC)
Dan Huntington, Level 4 (GA)
Ron Johnson, Level 4 (SC)
Thomas Josephson, Level 4 (NC)
Jason Leisten, Level 4 (FL)
Ben Bugge, Level 3 (NC)
Cameron Gentile, Level 3 (NC)
Colin Wilson, Level 3 (NC)

The Tier 1 U-14 Supervisors were Jim Dewhirst, Southeastern District RIC, Andy Lindley, NC State Supervisor, and Jack Nolan, Southeastern District Director of Development.

Other Southeastern District Officials were assigned other National Championships:

GIRLS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS April 5-9, 2018 Marlborough, MA
Jessica Frye, Level 3 (FL)
Erika Greenen, Level 4 (TN)
Brittney Rust, Level 4 (AL)
Jacqueline Zee-Howard, Level 4 (MD)

TIER 1 U-15 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP April 5-10, 2018 Plymouth, MI
Vince Herbert, Level 4 (TN)

TIER 1 U-16, U-18 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS April 5-9, 2018 Philadelphia, (West Chester)PA
Jason Lortie, Level 4 (FL)


District Select Camp

The 2018 Southeastern District Official's Development Camp aka the District Select Camp (DSC) is now underway at Extreme Ice in Indian Trail, NC. The camp is an opportunity to officiate challenging games with players from the Southeastern District Hockey Festival. These players are competing for slots on teams at the national level. You can expect some top-notch games at the highest player skill level.

If you want to attend next year's DSC, watch this web site. We usually post the DSC announcement and applications in early December.


Changes to Officials Registration System

Expect a few changes to the USA Hockey registration system for the 2018-2019 season. The goal of these changes is to streamline the registration process while maximizing the educational benefit of the seminars and online materials. Key changes include:

  • More streamlined and level-specific open-book testing. The Level 2, 3 and 4 open-book exams will be reduced to 50 questions. The open-book exam questions will be intended to be more level-appropriate and will focus on certain areas of the rules that require absolute knowledge and proper application for successful officiating.
  • Returning Level 3 and Level 4 (meaning their second or more season at that level) will have the option to test out of the elective module portions of their respective online seminar curriculum. They will still need to complete a required section that covers areas of emphasis, but when it comes to the electives, they can take the quiz prior to watching the video and if successfully passed, will get credit for completing that module.
  • Officials will be required to advance to Level 2 after a certain amount of time at Level 1. The officials may then continue to advance or may choose to stay at level 2.
  • Pending approval by the board of directors, the Officials Section is recommending a slight change in the USA Hockey registration fee structure. Look for a two-tiered system to be in play next season where Level 1 officials (restricted to no more than two years at Level 1) pay one fee, while all others will pay a different fee.
  • Development of a new “tenured” member type for Level 3 and Level 4 officials. Officials will be eligible to apply for this tenured status after a certain number of years completed at Level 3 or 4. They will obtain tenured status by meeting specific requirements, including attendance at a national-level symposium. Once tenured status is obtained, officials will retain Level 3 or 4 status for as long as they continue to register with USA Hockey and fulfill the minimum annual requirements. The “tenured” officials program is targeted to start with the 2019-20 season.

You can read more about the proposed changes to the registration system plus a Q&A with National Referee-in-Chief Dave LaBuda in the November issue of Stripes Magazine.


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.


Summer Camp Information.

It's snowing in Florida and the Super Bowl is still weeks away, but it's time to start talking about USA Hockey Summer Training Camps. USA Hockey offers several special training opportunities for Officials seeking advanced Officiating Education. If you are interested in working professional or international games, consider applying to a USA Hockey Futures or High Performance camp. Information about the USA Hockey summer camps is posted on the Camp Info page.

You should discuss your training objectives with your State Supervisor of Officials who can provide you with advice to help make your camp application successful. Your State Supervisor can also help you prepare for camp with recommendations for conditioning and rule study. Camp applications are due by March 15, 2018.

The Camp Info page also has information for Instructor Training Camp. If you would like to become a volunteer instructor in the USA Hockey Officiating Education Program, you must attend an Instructor Training Camp. Applications for instructor training are available from your State Supervisor of Officials. Instructor Training Camp applications are due by March 5, 2018.


2017-21 Playing Rule Interpretations

Dave LaBuda, USA Hockey National Referee-in-Chief, has sent a memorandum to all Officials clarifying some of the rule changes in the new 2017-21 rulebook. The memo covers some situations on the new rules for face-off locations and rules involving altercations where a helmet is removed.


New Virginia State Supervisor of Officials

Rich Robichaud has announced he is stepping down as VA Supervisor effective this summer. “We will certainly miss his energy and can-do attitude,” said Southeastern District Referee-in-Chief Jim Dewhirst. “I thank him for his dedication and efforts in leading Virginia during the past several years.”

To replace Rich, the Southeastern District Officiating Program has tapped Dave Boyer as the new VA Supervisor. Dave is a long-time USA Hockey official and a 30 year member of the Southeastern Hockey Officials Association (SHOA), where he has held several leadership positions. He has attended Instructor Training Camp and is a long time instructor in the area. He also served as the first Southeastern District Zone RIC for USA Hockey Inline, and is an off-ice official for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League.

Dewhirst added “We are so fortunate to have someone of Dave's background to lead the officials of Virginia. Please join me in welcoming Dave to the Southeastern District Officiating Program staff.”


2017-2018 Season Registration Tips

USA Hockey will open registration for the 2017-2018 season for new and returning Officials on Aug. 1. Renewals must be completed by Nov 30 in order to continue as a fully registered Official. Returning Officials are required to complete SafeSport training and update their background screening every two years, except in Florida where state law requires annual background screening. If you are required to update your SafeSport and/or background screening, we recommend you do not update your SafeSport and background screening until AFTER you renew your registration with USA Hockey. You should re-register with USA Hockey, then complete your SafeSport and background screening, making sure to complete these items by Nov 30. This will help ensure you receive proper credit for completing your registration requirements and help USA Hockey apply these items to your 2017-2018 registration record.

Bottom line: Register with USA Hockey as soon as they open the 2017-2018 registration on Aug. 1, THEN complete your SafeSport and background screening. New Officials MUST complete all registration requirements, including SafeSport training and background screening, before officiating any games.


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.