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Welcome to the new Website

Welcome to the newly redesigned Southeastern District Officials web site. Most of the site is open to all, but there are special sections for Southeastern District Officials, seminar instructors, District staff, and other District staff members.

You must be a registered Southeastern District Official to register for a user name and password. Click on the "Login | Register" link in the upper right menu section. You will be presented with a form for registration. First time users can request an account by entering your USA Hockey number. A user name and password will be emailed to the address you provided USA Hockey when you registered. The "Login | Register" link is the same link to use when logging in or requesting a password reset for a forgotten password. If you had a login on the old web site, you will have to go through the registration procedure to create an account on the new web site.

Once logged in, Southeastern District Officials can access the District Officials Resource page by selecting Members > Officials from the menu up top. The Officials Resource page will display your current background screening status. The Officials Resource page also has a section that will allow you to view a roster of Officials for all Southeastern District states. You can also change your user name and/or password from the Officials Resource page.


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.


Complete your Registration.

For returning Officials, the November 30, 2017 registration deadline has passed. You are no longer eligible to work games unless you have your 2017-2018 card and crest and have a current background screening on file. Background screening is required every two years for Officials over the age of 18 in most Southeastern District states. Florida State Law requires all Officials, regardless of age, to complete a background screening every year.

You can check the status of your USA Hockey registration by logging in to your Referee Profile at USA Hockey. Select "Referee Profile Login" and sign in with your email address and password. Once you log in, select the "My Profile" menu item and the "Officiating Information" menu item from the My Profile page. Click on the green "Refresh Data" button to make sure you are seeing the current information for your profile. We keep background screening status locally in our database. Log in as a Southeastern District Official and click on the Officials menu item under the Members main menu.


2018 Southeastern District Select Camp.

The 2018 Southeastern District Select Camp will be held May 9-13, 2018 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. You can also download a PDF or Word copy of the DSC announcement submit the application by mail. Electronic submission is preferred. Applications are due not later than Friday, February 9, 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 Rule Book Available

This is a rule change year and USA Hockey has just published the new 2017-2021 playing rules. You can download a pdf version of the Rule Book and Case Book from the Southeastern District Library or from the USA Hockey Rule Book and Resources Page. We also have this handy summary of rule changes available to help you navigate the new rule book.

There's a app for that. The USA Hockey Mobile Rulebook for iOS, Android, and Microsoft is available from the USA Hockey

The new rules go into effect for the 2017-2018 playing season starting on September 1, 2017.

When you visit the Southeastern District Library, be sure to check out some of the other rule books and procedures manuals available for download. In addition to the youth playing rules, we also have the new Junior Rule Book and rules for sled hockey. There are updated versions of the procedures manuals, including the procedures manual for the four-official system.


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.