How Do I Become an Official

icon_pdf Mass Hockey Officials Recruitment Flyer
icon_pdf USA Hockey Referee Brochure – Women
icon_pdf USA Hockey Referee Brochure – Men

Dear Potential Officials:

Thank you for interest in the USA Hockey Officiating Program.

Everyone must attend a USA Hockey Seminar each year (both veterans and new officials) in order to be a registered official. The program is usually a 7 to 8 hour day on Saturday or Sunday, with breaks and lunch on your own. The Seminar includes both classroom and on-ice training.

We usually run our Referee Seminars from late August to late October or early November. Choose the seminar you want to attend from our list of seminars starting in early July. All officials must register on-line with USA Hockey before they will be allowed to register for a seminar. Registration is on a “first come, first served basis” and registration for each seminar will be closed when the seminar reaches capacity. Please note that these seminars often fill up quickly.

There is no charge to attend a seminar, but you must register with USA Hockey and with the Mass Hockey as a Referee (even if you are already registered as a Player and/or a Coach). This involves a fee of $45.00 (fees vary by level) to register with USA Hockey and a $25.00 fee to register with the Mass Hockey You can register with USA Hockey on-line at starting on June 1.

After you register with USA Hockey, you will receive a USA Hockey Rule Book and access to the Open Book Test. You need to complete the Open Book Test on-line. USA Hockey will process all of your information. If you successfully complete all aspects of the program, they will send you a Referee’s Card along with a crest for your Referee’s sweater.

You will have to book games on your own. Attendance at a USA Hockey Seminar is no guarantee of assignments. Officials make progress at their own pace, based on ability and availability.

We hope to see you at the rink!

For more information see: Getting Started