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.


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 or

OpenHouse at HolyCross – PDF Flyer

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2015-16 Registration begins August 3, 2015.

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


  • Note: This step must be completed before an official can complete Seminar Registration, the Open Book Exam, or Online Education Modules.
  • Go to 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.

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.

Go to the “Open Book Exam” page at the Officials section of 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.

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 You will need a website profile to access the seminar schedule. Once prompted, either sign-in to 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 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

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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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The Mental Game

The mental aspect of your officiating starts well before you even receive the game assignment. In order to have a complete and thorough knowledge of the rules and interpretations, which is expected of every official, he/she must continually review resource materials. Simply reviewing the rule book to complete the exam and otherwise only when special situations occur is not enough to become proficient in the rules. Rule knowledge is an ongoing process supported by practical experience and review of the written resource materials regularly.

Approach the game in this manner and mindset:

1. I am in control and have the final say. I don’t have to put up with them but, they DO have to put up with me.
2. I will be as professional, if not more than the last game.
3. I will be courteous, approachable and show NO signs of remembering what happened in previous contests.
4. I will not entertain long discussions, nor stand around conducting long discussion.
5. I will make my calls, skate away and penalize accordingly.
6. Finally, my actions will show that I am only there to enforce the rules, and that they decide their own fate.

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