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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
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
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:
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
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.
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
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
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:
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.
USA Hockey is now accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 season.
the USA Hockey Registration page to register as a USA Hockey Referee.
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:
In addition, there are new rules for Level eligibility:
- Level 1 only: $45
- Levels 2 thru 4: $90
- Affiliated (Non-skating): $30
- 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
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
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
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 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
USA Hockey Twitter Feed
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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
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
Reports involving assaults on Officials are reported
here. In the case of
assaults, reports are required from each Official involved in the game.
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.