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2023 Central District Camps are now Open

Development Camp | June 11-13 @ Iowa State University in Ames, IA

Exposure Camp | June 13-16 @ Iowa State University in Ames, IA

2023 USA Hockey Summer Officating Camps

Men's Central Futures Camp | June 5-10 in Bowling Green, OH 

Men's Western Futures Camp | June 12-17 in Colorado Springs, CO 

Men's Northern Futures Camp | June 18-23 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI 

Men's Eastern Futures | July 25-30 in Keene, NH

Women's Futures Camp | June 24-30 in Oxford, OH

Sled Hockey Futures Camp | TBD in Vorhees, NJ

Men's High-Performance Camp | July 7-13 in Buffalo, NY

Women's High-Performance Camp | July 16-22 in Oxford, OH

Program of Merit | June 22-28 in Buffalo, NY

Upcoming ADP Sessions

All on Zoom (unless otherwise stated)

For specific questions please contact the instructor staff:

Brad Baumruck,

Brett Straley,

Scott Gaffney,

March 1st 2023General Video Review

March 15th 2023AHAI Player Development Pre-meeting

April 5th 2023Season Wrap-up

Current year registration closed

2023-24 Registration Countdown:


There are several reaosns to become a hockey official:

- Love for our sport

- Respect for fair games

- Opportunity to give back 

- Chance to stay involved

- Extra exercise

- Character building

- Challenge

- Friendships

- Extra cash

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