Please check the FAQs page for questions about seminars or the registration process (name changes, registration account mistake, etc…) If your question is not answered there, then please contact the IHOA Registrar for the State of Illinois:
To completely register with USA Hockey as an official you need to complete the following each year:
FIRST step to complete:
USA Hockey Membership Registration:
Go to USAHockey.com. At the homepage you will click on “Become a Member” in the upper right corner and register as an Ice Official. This is where you will provide USAH with your information for their database and pay your annual membership fee (no affiliate fee for IHOA through this portal).
2. Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email within 24-hours. A copy of the USA Hockey Playing Rules & Casebook (new officials and Rule Change Seasons only) will be sent to you within a week, along with some additional information to help you along with the registration process.
3. Open Book Exam: Go to the “Open Book Exam” page at the OFFICIALS section of USAHockey.com and follow the steps to begin your online exam. It’s 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 24-hours after 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.
Returning officials: You will receive an email giving you information (including your USAH Officiating Number) relating to completing your online “Open Book Exam.”
New officials (1st season): You will receive an email with information to complete your online “Open Book Exam;” you will NOThave a USAH Officiating Number at this time.
4. Online Education: 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.
***SafeSport Training (if 18+ years old): All officials who are 18 years-of-age or older must complete the United States Olympic Committee SafeSport training program. This online based program trains coaches, officials, and key volunteers in detecting and preventing detrimental behavior (hazing, abuse, etc.) off the playing surface. Once completed, the training certification is good for two years before re-certification is required. This training must be completed in addition to your USA Hockey Local Affiliate Background Checks. SafeSport training can be completed by using the SafeSport link under the OFFICIALS tab at USAHockey.com
ILLINOIS HOCKEY OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION (IHOA) REGISTRATION:
USA Hockey announced that it will host its first-ever Advanced Officiating Symposium July 26-28, 2019, at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington, Minnesota. The first-of-its-kind symposium is open to any official who has been completely registered at Level 3 or Level 4 for each of the previous three hockey seasons and is seeking to obtain “tenured” status within the USA Hockey Officiating Program.
The youth hockey season is over and many teams from Illinois fought hard for the title of NATIONAL CHAMPIONS, but the NCAA and the IIHF still have tournaments going on. IHOA would like to recognize those officials that were awarded assignments to work championship games this season.
Below are championship tournaments from USAH (youth and juniors), ACHA, NCAA, AHL, and the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation).
IL State Championship games @ The Edge- March 9 & 10, 2019: Eric Sexton, Donald Augustine, Thomas Zschach, Dan Antzoulatos, Christopher Gergits, Thomas Gergits, Terry McLoughlin, Scott Silz, Derek Mullady, Eric Cowsill, Mark Bialko, Heather Ruchim, Tyler Pruszewski, James Goldman, David Canon, Blair Bigwood, Mark Bialko, Samantha Cebulski, Sean Molina, Daniel Zaloudek, Mike Fraelick, Nathaniel Cyranek, Scott Gaffney, Charles Handley, Kevin Haller, Kenneth Zschach, Kenneth Pruim, Haley Yates, Trace Cyranek, Steven Rickard, Brian Hamilton, Christopher Lubera, Andres Cruz, Brandon Boies, Ryan Walters, Brian Fisher, Joe Hederman, Eric Zeitler, and Kyle Pfaffinger.
United Center- March 22, 2019: High School State Championship Girls Varsity: Fenwick v New Trier Referee: Keli Dorynek Linesmen: Nicholas Jacobs and Rick Prondsinski
Red Division: New Trier Green v Loyola Gold Referees: Tom Callaghan III and John Cerza Linesmen: Jeffrey Roberts and Christopher Lubera
Combined Varsity: Waubonsie v Glenbard Referees: Greg Ellwanger and Samantha Hiller Linesmen: Jon Stevanovich and Jeremy Bilecki
D2 Finals and D3 Final: Brandon Targett
NCAA Frozen Four Hockey National Championships
Division 1 Finals: Colin Kronforst
Division 3 Men’s Semi-finals: Joe Guzzardi
Division 3 Women’s Semi-finals: Samantha Hiller
USA Hockey National Championship tournaments (youth)
Youth Tier I (14U) @ Pittsburgh, PA:
Youth Tier I (15O) @ Plymouth, MI:
Youth Tier I (16U, 18U) @ Grand Rapids, MI: Justin Pirard
Youth Tier II (14U) @ South Bend, IN:
Youth Tier II (16U) @ Plano, TX: Bryan Dorynek
Youth Tier II (18U) @ San Jose, CA:
Girls Tier I (14U, 16U, 19U) @ Irvine, CA:
Girls Tier II (14U, 16U, 19U) @ Amherst, NY: Samantha Cebulski, Keli Dorynek, and Haley Yates
Women’s Senior (B, C) @ Anaheim, CA: Nicole Davis
High School @ Cleveland, OH:
USAH Junior leagues
NA3HL Finals: Eric Arrigo
NAHL Finals: Rick Faron, Jack Young, Ian McCambridge, Cam McCambridge, and Anthony Vikhter
SPHL Finals: Rocco Stachowiak
FPHL Finals: Don Mrozik
ECHL Playoffs: Shane Gustafson
AHL Playoffs: Peter Tarnaris, William Hancock II, Jon Sladek, and Shane Gustafson
2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship Division I Group A in Hungary: Sara Strong
2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia: William Hancock II
Keith W. Shipbaugh, The Man, The Myth, The Legend, was born on January 21, 1968 to Don and Phyllis Shipbaugh and was set free on April 2, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. In his short and sweet 51 years Keith was husband, daddy, son, brother and friend. He was wonderful at them all! Keith is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kimberley; daughter, Kreagan; parents, Don and Phyllis; and brother, Kevin (Jodie) Shipbaugh.
Keith loved work, traveling, sports, his family and life! He brought smiles and laughter to everyone he encountered. He was an inspiration to all and lived “Anchors Up!”
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kreagan’s education fund.
Visitation: Saturday, April 6, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Funeral Service: Saturday, April 6, 2019 4:00 PM Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
whether it’s handwritten or electronic, the score sheet is not deemed “good to go” until an official signs off on it at the conclusion of the game. Rule 502(e) is clear in saying, “At the conclusion of the game, the referee shall check the official score sheet, including team rosters and players in uniform, for accuracy prior to signing.” Regardless as to what system is used (hard copy or electronic scoring), the score sheet is considered an official record that documents the participants and the actions that take place during a game, and officials must adhere to their responsibility to treat it as such. Teams need them to document participation for eligibility in state or national tournaments, or to provide verification of a suspension served. They may also be keeping stats on players for their continued development and promotion to higher levels of play. Plus, the score sheet provides a means to track progressive penalties or to identify trends within a local area or league.
Playoffs… We’ve all worked hard to get here. Keeping working hard, and request games only that you will give 100%. Players and coaches have worked all year to attain the right to play in these games and deserve the best efforts.
Your appearance before the game sets the tone for your officiating. If team members, staff and spectators observe an official arriving late, dressed in a casual manner, and clearly agitated, they will expect a poor on-ice performance, and often that is what occurs.
AHAI expects that officials who accept games from AHAI ASSIGNER to arrive no less than 30 minutes before game time and be dressed in an appropriate manner (business casual). Caps, sports team jackets, ancient shoes and work jeans are not acceptable. We do not expect formal wear, but dearly there is a middle style that can satisfy all. It is remarkable how frequently your appearance is mentioned – both good and bad. Take a few moments to dress appropriately and be a class act when you enter the rink.