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Level 1 Seminar Added

The Maryland Instructional Staff has added a Level 1 seminar at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel Maryland on December 27 at 10:00 AM. This seminar is for new Officials or those who have already registered but have not yet attended a Level 1 seminar. Returning Level 1 Officials are also welcome. Remember, you must attend a seminar at the same level as your registration.


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. 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 1, 2019.


Advanced Officiating Symposium

USA Hockey is now 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. Registration is $475 with a special $425 early bird rate for reservations prior to January 1, 2019. The cut-off date for reservations is July 5, 2019. You can download a copy of the Symposium flyer here You'll notice that the symposium offers advanced officiating training conducted by an elite team of instructors from the NHL, AHL, IIHF, NCAA, and USA Hockey.

USA Hockey has established the Tenured Official program for Officials who have demonstrated a long-term dedication to the USA Hockey Officiating Program. The first group of Tenured Officials will be established during the 2019-2020 season. 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.


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.


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