Open House and Introduction to Officiating

The Massachusetts Ice Hockey Officiating Program will be hosting a FREE open house event for people who may be interested in becoming a hockey official.

Who Should Attend:

The event is open to coaches, players, parents and other individuals who may be interested in becoming an ice hockey official.

Registration:

There is no fee to attend the event. However, we request that you RSVP no later than July 17, 2015.

The event will be limited to a maximum of 60 attendees.

July 20, 2015 | 6:00 PM

Holy Cross – Hogan Center – Room 406
1 College St, Worcester, MA 01610

For More information or to RSVP Please contact Mass Referee in Chief Kevin Donovan kdonovan@mahockey.org or gene@refcrease.com

OpenHouse at HolyCross – PDF Flyer

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Updated 2015-2016 USA Hockey Registration Procedure

As we enter the new 2015-16 registration season for officials, I want to give all of the membership an update as to what changes to expect this season.  The Officials Section has been busy since the 2015 Winter Meeting working on implementing the changes that were discussed and voted on by the District Referee’s-in-Chief to the registration, testing and online seminar programs.

First, there will be an informational video available BEFORE an official registers with USA Hockey that will outline the requirements and commitment that an individual will have to make in order to complete their registration.  Next, and a very important change, starting with this season, in order to register for a seminar an official will have to FIRST register as an official online nationally with USA Hockey in order to gain access to the online program to register for a seminar.  This change was due to a number of individuals who would never register as an official with USA Hockey and then ‘no show’ to the seminar that they registered for which frequently led to other registered officials being denied attendance at that seminar because the seating capacity had already been reached.  This change will hopefully provide more incentive for every individual who registers as an official and for a seminar to attend that seminar and complete their registration requirements.

The open book testing process has also been modified starting with the new season.  A Level 1 official will still have to answer the first 50 questions while Level 2, 3 & 4 officials will have to answer 100 questions.  However, the passing score for a Level 2 official has been modified to 80 from 85.  All other passing scores remain the same as last year.  Those passing scores are for a Level 1 official is 35 and for Level 3 & 4 – 90 for each.

While an official is actually taking the open book exam there will be immediate feedback after each submitted question is answered.  If the question was answered incorrectly, the rule reference for that missed question will be given with the appropriate rule book language.  After completing all of the required questions for the level applied for, a summary will be sent of all of the missed questions with their rule references.  If a passing score is obtained then the open book exam requirement will be complete.  If the result is a failing score then the official will also receive a summary of the missed questions with rule references.  After the 7 day waiting period has passed, the official will only have to retake those questions that were missed on their first open book exam.  The retake questions will be based on the same rule reference as the originally missed questions, but will cover a different aspect of the rule.  An example would be if an official missed 12 questions their retake exam would only contain 12 questions on the rule references that they originally missed.  Once all of the retake questions are answered, the number of correctly answered retake questions will be added to their original test score to hopefully obtain a passing grade at the level they applied for.   As a reminder, there is no third attempt to pass the open book exam.

During the Winter Meeting, the Officials Section spent a lot of time discussing the feedback that a lot of you submitted about the seminar program particularly regarding the online modules.  All of the feedback was taken seriously and an action plan was discussed and adopted.  Two ‘work groups’ were established to address the new classroom curriculum and to improve the online video modules.  Both ‘work groups’ were composed of grass roots members who could bring a grass roots perspective to their work.  Both groups have completed their work and their recommendations have been adopted.  The new shortened classroom curriculum have been distributed for application to this coming seminar season and the online modules are being re-engineered with improved formatting, better sequencing, animation replacing some video clips and reduction of music and voice-overs to allow the viewer to better focus on the presented material.

We’ve also evaluated the number of required modules for each level and based on the user analytics that the first years’ experience produced we have reduced the number of required modules in some cases.  Lastly as a reminder, once an official begins their first online module they will need to complete all of their online module training within a specified time period.  The online module completion time periods are for Level 1 registered officials – 60 days and for Levels 2, 3, & 4 – 45 days.  If all of the online required and elective modules are not completed within the specified time frame, the official will have to restart all of the module training from the beginning.  This requirement was waived during last year’s registration season due to the delayed rollout of the online module program.

This completion requirement was put in place by the District RIC’s to encourage all officials to complete their registration as early as possible and to add better continuity to the overall seminar education process.

As a reminder, to complete an official’s registration an applicant must:

  • Register online with USA Hockey

  • Register and attend a classroom seminar (reduced attendance times depending on registration level

  • Complete their required and elective online training modules within the required time frame

  • Pass their open exam at their registration level

  • Pass their closed book exam (no closed book at Level 1) for their registration level

  • Complete their online ‘Safe Sport’ training at the end of every 2 year cycle

 Work will continue on improving our educational programs and we will continue to actively listen to your constructive feedback.  Without your involvement and support as a community we cannot continue to move forward.  Acknowledging that improvements were needed was only one step in the process.  Implementing those changes in a way that meets the needs of our officiating community is the next step we are taking.  We can only be as good as you want us and yourself to be.

Have a great 2015-16 season and as always “skate hard and have fun” when you’re on the ice.

Sincerely,

Dave LaBuda
National Referee-in-Chief

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2015-16 OFFICIATING REGISTRATION INFORMATION

2015-16 Registration begins August 3, 2015.

To completely register with USA Hockey as an official you need to complete five steps each year:

1.    USA HOCKEY MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION:

  • Note: This step must be completed before an official can complete Seminar Registration, the Open Book Exam, or Online Education Modules.
  • Go to USAHockey.com. At the homepage you will click on “Member Registration” under the OFFICIALS tab and register as an Ice Official. This is where you will provide us with your personal information for our database and pay your annual membership fee.
  • Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email within 24-hours and a copy of the USA Hockey Playing Rules & Casebook (new officials and Rule Change Seasons only) within a week along with some additional information to help you along with the registration process.
  • You will also receive an email giving you information (including your USAH Officiating Number) relating to completing your online “Open Book Exam”.

2.    SAFE-SPORT TRAINING (if 18+ years old):
All officials who are 18 years-of-age or older must complete the United States Olympic Committee SafeSport training program. This online based program trains coaches, officials, and key volunteers in detecting and preventing detrimental behavior (hazing, abuse, etc.) off the playing surface. Once completed, the training certification is good for two years before recertification is required. This training must be completed in addition to your USA Hockey Local Affiliate Background Checks.

3.    ONLINE EDUCATION MODULES
Once registered with USA Hockey, you will receive instructions regarding the online Officiating Education module program. Access to the Online Education System will be granted 24-hours after membership registration.

The Online Education modules are a mixture of required and elective-menu topics that teach fundamental skills of officiating using video examples, animation, and knowledge-based testing. You must complete your required hours of training to receive your card and crest.

Note: A list of all module categories will be listed at the main Courses page in the Online Education System. All officials must complete ALL six course categories (Pre-Required, Required, Positioning, Procedures, Penalty Criteria, & General) to complete training.

4.    OPEN BOOK EXAM
Go to the “Open Book Exam” page at the Officials section of USAHockey.com and follow the steps to begin your online exam. The exam is designed to allow you to go at your own pace. You may answer all questions at once, or answer a few questions every day until it is completed. Please review all answers before submitting it to the National Office. The exam will be accessible 24-hours after membership registration, and we strongly encourage you to wait until you receive your Rulebook and attend your seminar (see below) before attempting to take the test.

5.    CLASSROOM SEMINAR
New for 2015-16: All officials must complete membership registration before attempting to register for a classroom seminar. Please confirm seats are available prior to attempting membership registration (the registration fee is non-refundable).

All USA Hockey Officials must attend a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar annually. To find one in your area, go to the “Seminars” page at the Officials section of USAHockey.com. You will need a USAHockey.com website profile to access the seminar schedule. Once prompted, either sign-in to USAHockey.com or to create an Online Profile:

  1. Click the “Registration Status” link under the OFFICIALS tab.
  2. Select “Need to create a login profile?”, and follow the instructions and enter the required data-fields to set-up your profile.
  • Note: This process does not register you as a member with USA Hockey. You will pay no registration fee and your membership information will not be affected.
  • Note 2: In order for your USA Hockey.com profile to extract accurate information from the Officiating Program membership database, your online profile….
  1. First Name
  2. Last Name 
  3. Date-of-Birth

must match your Membership Registration information exactly. If you registered with USA Hockey as Michael, you must create your online profile with the exact same name (not Mike).

After your profile is created and saved, you will automatically be directed to the USAH Online Registration System. You are now ready to sign up for a seminar.

Most seminars are scheduled between late August and early November (the schedules begin to appear online starting in July), and any questions about the seminars should be directed to your USA Hockey District Staff (following the links at the main Directory under Officials Materials). We strongly recommend you make sure you can attend a seminar before you begin the registration process (the fee is non-refundable), and do not wait long to register since some seminars do fill up very quickly.

Once you complete these five steps, and the USA Hockey National Office receives your Registration Fee, Open Book Exam answers, Seminar Attendance confirmation, Online Education credit and SafeSport credit you will receive your USA Hockey Officiating Card and Sweater Crest and you are ready to work games.

Important Note: Please be sure to record contact information for your local USA Hockey Supervisor of Officials and Local Assignor while at your seminar. You will need to contact these representatives to receive game assignments once you receive your Card and Crest.

Answers to other questions can be found at the “Officials” page at www.usahockey.com.

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2014-2015 Registrations Closed

USA Hockey has closed the registration system for the 2014-2015 season and is no longer accepting registrations for this season. In addition, if you have not completed your registration requirements for the 2014-2015 season, you’ll be limited to off-ice Official duties until next year. USA Hockey does not offer refunds for incomplete registrations.

Registrations for the 2015-2016 season begin on August 1, 2015. The required annual seminars begin in August and usually run through November. If you are a new Official, you can begin working as soon as you complete all registration requirements. If you are a returning Official, you must complete all registration requirements prior to November 30, 2015 to continue to work games. If you fail to complete your 2015-2016 registration by November 30, you will not be allowed to officiate until you do complete all of your renewal requirements and receive your 2015-2016 registration card and officiating crest.

USA Hockey grants a one-year grace period for Officials who do not renew their registrations, so if you are incomplete this year, you will be able to register next year at the same level as you were the previous year. You’ll be able to see your level eligibility when you register with USA Hockey.

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