Officiating Levels

The Officiating Program establishes “levels of achievement” for each individual, from the beginner to the highly-skilled official.

First-year officials must register as a Level 1 official and may officiate at the lower levels of hockey. New officials who have past experience in officiating ice hockey may register at a different level, on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the District Referee-in-Chief.

LEVEL 1: May officiate games at age levels 8 or Under thru 12 or Under (Mites through Pee Wees) after completion of the registration and testing process in addition to attending a pre-season seminar.

  • Attain an open book exam score of 35/50.

LEVEL 2: May officiate at the 14 or Under (Bantam) and younger age classes after completion of the registration and testing process and after one or two years at Level 1. Attendance at a pre-season seminar is mandatory.

  • Must have been Level 1 or higher within the last two seasons.
  • Attain an open book exam score of 80/100.
  • Attain a closed book exam score of 24/30.

LEVEL 3: The Level 3 official has proven his abilities over a period of years. The official is required to complete all registration and testing requirements and must attend a pre-season seminar. Level 3 officials may referee games through the 17 or Under age classification (Midget) as well as Over 20 (Senior) and act as a Linesman for Junior hockey games (19 and under).

  • Must have been Level 2 or higher the previous season.
  • Attain an open book exam score of 90/100.
  • Attain a closed book exam score of 40/50.

LEVEL 4: Level 4 officials may work all levels of USA Hockey. Applicants must have one year experience at Level 3, must successfully complete the open-book exam, the closed-book exam, a skating test and attend a pre-season seminar.

  • Must have been Level 3 or higher the previous season.
  • Attain an open book exam score of 90/100.
  • Attain a closed book exam score of 40/50.
  • Must pass skating exam and attend & complete a level 4 specific officiating seminar

 

Scheduling of Games

Registration with the USA Hockey Officiating Program does not guarantee any official any game assignments.

Officials are responsible to obtain their own game assignments from Local Game Schedulers as designated in each District. Any game scheduler who assigns incompletely registered officials for games is subject to serious liability as he/she jeopardizes the insurance coverage of the officials and both teams involved. Whenever possible, only level-qualified officials should be assigned to games.