USAHockey Referee Information
How to become a USA Hockey Referee
Thank you for your interest in becoming a USA Hockey Referee. EHA is proud to run our own in-house ref program, and have been doing so since our inception in 1970.
If you are here, then you are interested in becoming a ref. All referees must complete the USA Hockey referee program before being assigned games from EHA.
Your USAHockey contact is the CT Referee-in-Chief
To completely register with USA Hockey as an official you need to complete five steps each year:
USA HOCKEY MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION (this step must be completed first):
Go to USAHockey.com. At the homepage you will click on "Become a Member" 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 (and Affiliate Fee if applicable).
Once you are registered, you should receive a registration confirmation email within 24-hours and a copy of the USA Hockey Playing Rules & Casebook within a week or so along with some additional information to help you along with the registration process.
You should also receive a second email from USAH giving you information (including your USAH Officiating Number) relating to completing your online “Open Book Exam”.
U.S. CENTER FOR SAFESPORT TRAINING (if born in 2006 or earlier):
All officials who were born in 2006 (or earlier) by June 1 of the current year, must complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport training program. This online based program trains coaches, officials, and key volunteers in detecting and preventing detrimental behavior (hazing, abuse, etc.) on and off the playing surface. Once core-fundamental training is completed, a brief recertification course is required each year. SafeSport training can be completed by using the SafeSport link under the OFFICIALS tab at USAHockey.com.
USA HOCKEY BACKGROUND SCREEN
All officials who are 18 years-old (or older) by June 1 of the current year, must submit to a USA Hockey sanctioned Criminal Background Screen. More information regarding the screening process can be found on https://www.usahockey.com/backgroundscreen
USA Hockey Background Screens are valid for two seasons, and no screening process performed by an outside entity will be accepted.
ONLINE EDUCATION VIDEO MODULES:
Once registered with USA Hockey, you will receive instructions regarding the online Officiating Education Module program.
These modules are a mixture of required and elective 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. You can access the Online Modules under the OFFICIALS tab at USAHockey.com.
OPEN BOOK PLAYING RULES EXAM:
Go to the Open Book Exam page at the OFFICIALS section of USAHockey.com 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 ten questions every day until it is completed. Please review all answers before submitting it to the National Office.
The exam will be accessible after completing online 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.
All USA Hockey Officials must complete their USA Hockey Officiating classroom seminar requirements annually.
To find seminar schedules, go to the Classroom Seminar page at the OFFICIALS section of USAHockey.com.
You will need a USAH Courses System profile to complete registration for a seminar (completing Membership Registration does not automatically create a USAH Courses Profile).
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 the CT Referee-in-Chief: Kevin Redding (860) 294-4538 email@example.com
USAH strongly recommends you make sure you can attend a seminar before you begin the Membership 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 steps, and the USA Hockey National Office receives your Registration Fee, Open Book Exam answers, and Seminar Attendance confirmation, 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.
Answers to other questions can be found in the Membership Information menu under the OFFICIALS tab at usahockey.com.