Registration Process

**All Seminars for the 23-24 Season are full or have already been completed. DO NOT REGISTER FOR USA HOCKEY AS AN OFFICIAL AS YOU WILL NOT GET YOUR MONEY BACK. Please reach out to our Registrar to be added to a mailing list for next seasons registration. Registrar@ihoa.com.**

Registration Opened: June 1, 2023
Registration Ends: December 31, 2023

1) Register with USA Hockey

You must first be registered with USA Hockey as an official before you may register with IHOA.

All incomplete 2023-24 Season registrations must be completed by February 28, 2024.

Registration is CLOSED

2) Register with IHOA

IHOA receives USA Hockey registration data daily. IHOA has your USA Hockey registration data approximately 24-48 hours after you register.

Please register with USA Hockey well in advance of attempting to register for your IHOA seminar.

New officials (Never been registered)
- All persons who have never registered with USA Hockey as an Ice Hockey Official must register at Level 1 for the first season.
- All registration requirements must be completed, and you must have your Card and Crest in hand before you may accept assignments.

Returning officials
- May apply for one level higher than their completed registration level the previous season.
- Officials are allowed to take one season as “unregistered” or “incomplete” and return at the same level they were last completely registered at with the exception of Level 4.
- Level 1 completely registered officials are allowed to take one season off and still be eligible for Level 2 the following season. The level that each returning official is eligible for is designated on the online officiating application.
 • An official who is 16 years old (or older) at the time current-season Membership Registration opens and has completed two (or more) seasons of officiating registration, must register as a Level 2, Level 3, or Level 4 based on eligibility.
 • You will need your USA Hockey Officials ID number. This number will be 6-8 digits in length (it does NOT contain letters). This number can also be found in your registration verification email from USA Hockey (all officials) or on your 22-23 registration card (returning officials complete in 22-23).

Once the online Membership Registration application has been submitted to the National Office, an official cannot change the registration level they have applied for.

An official may not change their Registration Level to a higher level once online Membership Registration is completed.

Anyone who has never officiated must register at Level 1 for the first season. Only the District Referee‐in‐Chief may make exceptions to this rule prior to registration that would foster registration at Level 2 (ex: the applicant has extensive hockey officiating experience.)  No first‐time registered official may register above Level 2 for the first season.Contact the Central District RIC Tim Richter centraldistrictric@gmail.com
Level 1 Requirements

• Must complete online USA Hockey Membership Application
  • Must submit USA Hockey Officiating Membership fee ($55.00)
• Must Register with IHOA and for an IHOA Seminar at least 24-48 after registering with USA Hockey
  • Must submit IHOA Membership fee ($40.00)
• Must attain an Open Book Exam score of 35/50 (or higher)  
• Must attend and complete a Level 1 Virtual Classroom Seminar sanctioned by USA Hockey
• Must attend and complete a local Level 1 In-Person Classroom Seminar sanctioned by USA Hockey
• Must complete SafeSport training (if 2006 Birth Year, or older)
• Must complete and maintain a USA Hockey sanctioned criminal Background Screen if 18(+) years old on June 1, 2023.
Level 2 Requirements

Must have been Level 1 (Complete) within the last two seasons
• Must complete online USA Hockey Membership Application
  • Must submit USA Hockey Officiating Membership fee ($110.00)
• Must Register with IHOA and for an IHOA Seminar at least 24-48 after registering with USA Hockey
  • Must submit IHOA Membership fee ($25.00)
• Must attain an Open Book Exam score of 60/75 (or higher)
• Must attend and complete a Level 2 Virtual Classroom Seminar sanctioned by USA Hockey
• Must complete Level 2 Online Education Module curriculum
• Must complete SafeSport training (if 2006 Birth Year, or older)
• Must complete and maintain a USA Hockey sanctioned criminal Background Screen if 18(+) years old on June 1, 2023.

Ensure that your registration level with USA Hockey matches your seminar attendance. If they do not MATCH your registration will automatically be set at Level 1.
Level 3 Requirements

Must have been Level 2 or higher (Complete) during previous season
• Must complete online USA Hockey Membership Application
  • Must submit Registration Fee ($110.00)
• Must Register with IHOA and for an IHOA Seminar at least 24-48 after registering with USA Hockey
  • Must submit IHOA Membership fee ($25.00)
• Must attain an Open Book Exam score of 85/100* (or higher)
• Must attend and complete an Officiating Virtual Classroom Seminar sanctioned by USA Hockey
• Must complete Level 3 Online Education Module curriculum
• Must complete SafeSport training (if 2006 Birth Year, or older)
• Must complete and maintain a USA Hockey sanctioned criminal Background Screen if 18(+) years old on June 1, 2023.

*Level 3 Tenured Officials must attain an Open Book Exam score of 45/50.
Ensure that your registration level with USA Hockey matches your seminar attendance. If they do not MATCH your registration will automatically be set at Level 1.
Level 4 Requirements

Must have been Level 3 or 4 (Complete) last season
• Must complete online USA Hockey Membership Application
  • Must submit Registration Fee ($110.00)
• Must Register with IHOA and for an IHOA Seminar at least 24-48 after registering with USA Hockey
  • Must submit IHOA Membership fee ($25.00)
• Must attain an Open Book Exam score of 90/100* (or higher)
• Must attend and complete a Level 4 Officiating Virtual Classroom Seminar sanctioned by USA Hockey.
• Must complete Level 4 Online Education Module curriculum
• Must complete SafeSport training (if 2006 Birth Year, or older).
• Must complete and maintain a USA Hockey sanctioned criminal Background Screen if 18(+) years old on June 1, 2023.

*Level 4 Tenured Officials must attain an Open Book Exam score of 45/50.
Ensure that your registration level with USA Hockey matches your seminar attendance. If they do not MATCH your registration will automatically be set at Level 1.

Please visit USA Hockey for the full Registration Rules & Policies

Registration Questions

Please read all information above before sending in questions

  1. Contact the IHOA Registrar
  2. Use the form below:

Question regarding registration with IHOA? Complete the following information

Evaluate an OfficialComments about an official will go to IHOA and will be reviewed.
Submit Referee Report

Request GamesThe following portal is not managed by IHOA, but the local assigning affiliate of Illinois.
Request USAH Games under AHAI

Submit an ACHA Incident ReportPlease use the following word document to report game misconduct and disqualification penalties.
ACHA Incident Report Document

Amateur Hockey Association IllinoisPlease use the following link to be kept up to date with our local USAH affiliate.
AHAI

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