Getting Started as an Official

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Age Restriction Notice for Officials

In order to comply with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 149, Sections 54 – 105, all officials must reach the age of 14 prior to being allowed to officiate USA Hockey games within the Massachusetts District.  In addition, all officials age 14 to 17 must submit the proper documentation to the league(s) they work for prior to being assigned any games. M.G.L. Chapter 149 also restricts officials age 14 to 17 on the number of hours they can work in a day and the times of day they are allowed to officiate.

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USA Hockey Officials Development Program Week 6

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2017 National Tournament Locations

2017 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships Sites

Division Location Host Dates
Youth Tier I (14U) Scottsdale, Arizona Arizona Amateur Hockey April 6-10, 2017
Youth Tier I (16U, 18U) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Penguins Elite April 6-10, 2017
Girls Tier I Farmington, Michigan HoneyBaked Hockey Club April 6-10, 2017
Women’s A, B, C Farmington, Michigan HoneyBaked Hockey Club April 6-9, 2017
High School Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Suburban Hockey March 30-April 3, 2017
Girls Tier II Troy, Michigan Troy Youth Hockey Association April 6-10, 2017
Youth Tier II (14U) Coral Springs, Florida Florida Panthers Ice Den April 6-10, 2017
Youth Tier II (16U) Dallas, Texas Texas Amateur Hockey April 6-10, 2017
Youth Tier II (18U) Lansing, Michigan Lansing Hockey Club April 6-10, 2017
Sled San Jose, California Sharks Ice April 6-9, 2017
Americas Showcase Pittsburgh, Penn April 20-24, 2017
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USA Hockey removes usage of traditional age classifications

There is a big change coming to youth hockey, and it’s all about names.

Based on a rule change by USA Hockey, age classifications will no longer have name labels like ‘midget’ or ‘bantam’ in the USAH rulebook.

Instead, all age categories for youth hockey are to be referred to only by age number – 12U, 14U, 16U, etc.

Within the legislative proposals addressed at USA Hockey’s Annual Congress, ‘Legal Council #3 Amended’ is the document in which the name changes take place; the proposal was approved by the board of directors.

The ‘intention of proposal’ states: “To remove references to age classifications using Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget, and instead refer to them using age categories.”

USA Hockey’s Legal Council and Disabled Section submitted the original proposal.

The proposal states that the ‘housekeeping changes’ of removing the names would take place in these areas:

  • References to age classifications would list ages only
  • ADM chart would list classifications by age only
  • Split Season Dormant Program would remove references to “midget”
  • Under age coach examples would refer to age categories only
  • Junior relocation section seeking information on “midget” teams would refer to 18U
  • References to “Midget Hockey” would refer to “Youth Hockey”

You can see the approved proposal here.

How age categories will now be referred to:

Youth

  • Seventeen (17) and Eighteen (18) – 18U (Midget)
  • Fifteen (15) and Sixteen (16) – 16U (Midget)
  • Fifteen (15) Tier I only – 15 (Midget)
  • Thirteen (13) and Fourteen (14) – 14U (Bantam)
  • Eleven (11) and Twelve (12) – 12U (Pee Wee)
  • Nine (9) and Ten (10) – 10U (Squirt)
  • Eight (8) and Seven (7) – 8U (Mite)
  • Six (6) and Under – 6U (Mini Mite)

Girls

  • Seventeen (17) through Nineteen (19) – 19U
  • Fifteen (15) and Sixteen (16) – 16U
  • Thirteen (13) and Fourteen (14) – 14U
  • Eleven (11) and Twelve (12) – 12U
  • Nine (9) and Ten (10) – 10U
  • Eight (8) and Seven (7) – 8U (Mite)
  • Six (6) and Under – 6U (Mini Mite)
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Clip of the Week – Holding – A closer look

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Congratulations! – USA Hockey Nationals

Congratulations to the Massachusetts Officials chosen to work in National Tournaments this year!

Kelly Cook
Sarah Hickman
Rachel Hutchinson
Jean Goodwin
Keisha Dunlevy
Joseph Tamaino
Bryan Moran

Well deserved, thank you for representing!

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Clip of the Week – Third Man In

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Clip of the Week – Techniques to Improve Your Game

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USA Hockey’s Officials Shadow Program

Jack Hevey and Hunter Neale were selected to participate in USA Hockey’s Officials Shadow Program as part of Hockey Weekend Across America, where they saw Wednesday’s (2/24) Bruins game against Pittsburgh, and had the opportunity to meet the refs pregame.

From Jack’s Dad :

First, thanks to the Bruins Organization, Mass Hockey and USA Hockey for this opportunity.  Candidly, for the boys to have a chance to meet the NHL refs and ask questions was great.  Its nice to hear they started the same way as Jack and Hunter and through love of the game and passion, its become a career.  One of things that stuck out for Jack was Mort’s comment on how managing the game, players and coaches is very similar to any sort of business life.  It’s managing people and giving and getting respect.  They provided some key take a way’s and also suggested Referee clinics to strive to get better and better.
Special thanks goes out to Mike Dargin and his group.  He and Andrew were gracious hosts and Mike walked us around personally so the boys could see what goes into a Bruins game.  We saw warm ups from the glass and the boys were even introduced to one of Ice Managers who let them try on his Stanley Cup ring.  Mike added in the fist bumps with the Bruins which was pretty cool.  Especially, Brad Marchand fist bumping the boys with a little joking around.  All in all a great night and the 5-1 win topped it off.
Jack and Hunter with the NHL Refs Jack and Junter Waiting for Bruins
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Clip of the Week – Covering for your partner

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