SafeSport Training Requirements for Officials for 2014-15 season
As you know, the USA Hockey SafeSport Program was implemented in full last season and included training of officials. The USA Hockey SafeSport Program is designed to prevent abuse and maximize the safety of our participants in the off-ice environment. The SafeSport Training is part of the program and is intended to heighten awareness of those that are in supervisory positions over youth participants; officials over 18 are included in that group of persons supervising youth participants. In the 2013-14 season, all officials over 18 were strongly encouraged to complete the SafeSport training, and the training was required for officials to be eligible to officiate in State, District and National Tournaments.
For the 2014-15 season, all officials over the age of 18 will be required to complete the SafeSport Training as a condition of completing their referee registration. This means that, like completion of your seminar and test requirements, you must complete the SafeSport Training prior to receiving your card and crest. The SafeSport Training is valid for 2 seasons. Thus if you took the training for 2013-14, you will not need to take the training again until the 2015-16 season (at which time a shorter refresher course will be available).
The SafeSport Training is available for you to take right now so you can get a head start on your certification requirements. The training is available at no cost. The training was produced by the United States Olympic Committee and is comprised of short video segments that take approximately 90 minutes to complete, however, not all training needs to be completed in one session. You will need your USA Hockey Referee Number, or if you are also registered as a player, coach or manager you can use your USA Hockey Member Number, which can be obtained at www.usahockeyregistration.com (under Member Options, click on Request Duplicate Registration Confirmation).
Information on how to register and access the SafeSport training can be found on our website at http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/909009-safesport-program-training-. Also, please be sure to select the USA Hockey SafeSport course as there are multiple courses available. The website also has links if you have questions about the training or on registering for the training.
We strongly encourage you to get a head start on your 2014-15 referee registration requirements, and complete the SafeSport Training this summer. Thank you for your support in helping make our sport as safe as possible!
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!
If you have to reschedule your seminar you must first be released from the one you are currently enrolled. Contact your RIC to be removed so you can reschedule.
All Seminars are posted at USA Hockey. You must sign up at USA Hockey after August 1 to reserve a space at the seminar
SEMINARS – OFFICIALS MUST REGISTER ON-LINE AT USAHOCKEY.COM TO RESERVE A SPACE.
NOTE: The time listed is the official start time of the seminar. Please plan to arrive at the seminar location at least 30 minutes prior to the seminar start time for registration.
Do not be late!
Things To Know and Bring To the Seminar
Bring Your USA Hockey Officiating Registration Card/Number (if available)
Paper and Pencil.
Rulebook (if available)
New officials – if you are new to officiating, you can only attend a Level 1 seminar
The following equipment is required to participate in the ice session:
Helmet – with or without 1/2 shield
Rulebook (if available)
The seminar requires that you are in attendance for the entire event!
No late arrivals.
No early dismissal.
A few seminars are part of a series of sessions in which attendance to all sessions is mandatory. Be aware of this before selecting the seminar you choose to attend.
Unless otherwise specified, there will be NO meals provided. Each participant is responsible to meet their own needs for food and drink.
Levels 2, 3, and 4 – THERE IS A CLOSED BOOK EXAM – BE PREPARED!!!
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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.