Become an Official
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In order to become a USA Hockey certified official, you must:
- Register online at the USA Hockey website and pay the annual fee.
- Complete the open book test. A rulebook (new officials and rule change season only) and notification to take the test will be mailed/emailed after you register.
- Attend a USA Hockey Officiating seminar. Seminars are typically held in August of each year in San Diego. Out of town seminar locations and times are listed on USA Hockey website. They are a full day, with both classroom and on-ice portions. Registration for these seminars is required — contact Dan Ellison at email@example.com.
- Complete the online United States Olympic Committee SafeSport training program (18+).
- Complete the online officiating education training modules.
Once all of these things are successfully completed, USA Hockey will mail you an official crest, to be attached to your official’s sweater, and an official’s certification card. You are now a certified official — but SDHRA won’t assign you to work any games until you have gone thru the SDHRA mentor program.
In order to join SDHRA and officiate for our leagues, you must:
- Be certified as a USA Hockey official and completed all of the online tests and training.
- Have attended a USA Hockey annual seminar and paid local association dues.
- Have full official’s equipment.
- Make sure you are insured.
- Work a mentor session with a qualified USA Hockey official.
Three things to do while waiting for the seminar date:
- Work on your skating.
Even the most experienced officials work to improve their skating. In addition to general skating proficiency, put the hockey stick down, focus on backwards and forwards skating, turns, stops and starts.
- Learn the rules.
Study the rule book, and the playing rules handbook. Rule knowledge is absolutely essential for an official.
- Get your equipment. Officials must have the following equipment, at a minimum:
- black hockey helmet
- half-shield visor
- striped official’s sweater with removable orange armbands
- black official’s pants
Recommended protective equipment includes:
- padded girdle
- cup or pelvic protector
- shin guards and knee pads
- elbow pads
Mentoring is the process in which a new or incoming official is able gain experience in a low pressure situation. The new officials are assigned to a game where a trained official follows and shadows them. The on-ice supervision is able to give instant feedback while in the situation as well as points of improvement and potential areas of concern. Mentoring has proven beneficial for new officials as it offers a way to officiate a game with a more experienced official who can provide advice and personal experience on what it was like to start officiating. It is a requirement in becoming an official for SDHRA. After the mentor session SDHRA has the information needed to place the official in games that are appropriate for their skill level.