2022 Central District Officiating Experience (Ames, IA): June 12-18


June 17-22

Iowa State University in Ames, IA



A development and exposure opportunity for certified USA Hockey officials from the Central District.

The experience is held in cooperation with the USA Hockey Central District Select 14 Camp.

The camp also serves as a USA Hockey certification seminar for the 2022-23 season.

The first half of the week will cater towards grassroots development and foundations with the latter half focusing on exposure to upper levels of our game.

Applications are being accepted now with April 30th as the deadline.

Click here for more info & application: Central District Officiating Experience 2022

Reminder: How to Handle 601 violations

IHOA Officials-

Please remember how we officials are to handle situations that violate 601, especially (e3).


If the slurs/offensive language was not heard by the official(s):

1. Talk to both coaching staff/benches and

2. Send in an incident report.

2021-25 USAH RULES

Today, September 1, 2021,

USAH’s new rules are in effect.

Seminar Information **UPDATED 7/5/21**

**2021-22 Registration**

USA Hockey has various requirements for each certification level. Please visit www.usahockey.com for information.

To be completely registered, you must meet both IHOA and USA Hockey requirements.

**UPDATED 7/5/21: Minimum age for IHOA membership: 12 years old as of December 31 of the current year. **



FIRST: Register with USA Hockey on-line

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

SECOND: Register on-line for an IHOA SEMINAR

***Registration will open Wednesday, July 7, 2021 @ 8:00 AM***




Space at all Seminars is LIMITED! Admittance at all Seminars will require pre-registration and pre-payment.

ALL Level 1 officials under the age of 18 by July 1 of the current year will be required to have a parent or guardian attend a short session at the beginning of the seminar. This meeting will outline how to become an official, how to get games, what to do if you have a problem with fans, and the responsibilities of the on-ice official.

FIRST: Register with USA Hockey on-line

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

SECOND: Register on-line for an IHOA SEMINAR

***Registration will open Wednesday, July 7, 2021 @ 8:00 AM***


If you have any other questions about seminars, that are not found on the FAQs page, or the registration process (name changes, registration account mistake, etc…) please contact the IHOA Registrar for the State of Illinois registrar@ihoa.com

2020-21 AHAI | IHOA Advanced Development Program


Advanced Development Program

The AHAI | IHOA Advanced Development Program plans on restarting in the near future via virtual Zoom meetings. The dates for the program are still being determined; however, anyone interested in the Advanced Development Program should contact Brad Baumruck at adp@ihoa.com.

Use of Goal Pegs for AHAI Games

Effective immediately, there shall be no peg use to anchor nets during games involving teams aged 10U and younger.

This rule is effective immediately and will carry through all games, including Illinois state playoffs.

USA Hockey SafeSport Program (NEW POLICY)

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Dear USA Hockey official,

You recently received a summary of several significant changes to the USA Hockey SafeSport Program. This note includes additional specific information pertinent to officials, including related to SafeSport Training requirements, mandatory reporting, and the Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policies. Thank you for your dedication to USA Hockey programs and efforts to keep our participants safe and our programs free from misconduct or abuse.

SafeSport Training

All officials who are or will be seventeen (17) years old or older as of December 31 of that registration season must complete the SafeSport Training program as a condition of completing their certification requirements every season.

Beginning this season, the training must now be completed every year prior to participation each season (however, anyone who completed training in the most recent season (2018-19) will retain valid training status for 2019-20, and will complete training annually beginning in 2020-21). The training is provided by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and each official must first complete the “Core Center for SafeSport Training,” which is completed online and takes approximately 90 – 120 minutes to complete. In subsequent seasons, officials will need to complete the Center for SafeSport’s “Refresher Course,” which is also online and takes 30 minutes or less to complete. There is no cost to complete either training course.

If you (or your son or daughter) are under 18 at the time of training, USA Hockey is required to obtain parental consent for the official to complete training. If you registered on or after May 28, 2019, then the consent was incorporated into your registration; if you registered prior to May 28, USA Hockey will be contacting you soon to obtain the consent of the parents for a minor age official to complete the SafeSport Training.

Mandatory Reporting

If you are an adult-aged official, then according to federal law you are considered a mandatory reporter of child abuse, including sexual abuse. In the event of any actual or suspected sexual misconduct or child abuse, you must report such information to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and, when appropriate, to applicable law enforcement.

Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policies

The Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policies (“MAAPP Policies”) were mandated by federal law to be put into effect by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and are included in the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook with specific information for hockey programs. The MAAPP Policies are prevention policies to prohibit and/or avoid situations where risks of misconduct can occur, including:

• One-on-One Interactions. This policy prohibits one-on-one interactions between adult members of USA Hockey or those authorized by a USA Hockey program to have regular contact with or authority over minors, unless they occur at an observable and interruptible distance by another adult. There are exceptions for emergency circumstances. The policy specifically addresses situations where these types of interactions might occur, including in meetings with a player, in individual training sessions and in settings outside the hockey program.

• Locker Rooms. USA Hockey’s existing Locker Room Policy was updated, and includes specific locker room provisions for officials to address situations when officials of different genders share a locker room and to avoid situations where an adult official and a minor are alone in a locker room. Please review the new locker room policies in the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook.

• Travel. Travel is a high risk time for misconduct to occur, including when officials travel together. USA Hockey’s travel policy has been updated for both “local travel” (transportation and travel to and from local games and events) and “organization/team travel” (travel away from the home area and may include overnight stays in a hotel for games or tournaments). Except in the case of emergency, an adult official may not ride in a vehicle alone, travel alone with or share a hotel or sleeping arrangement with an unrelated minor participant.

• Athletic Training Modalities. Although officials generally do not receive treatment at the rink, from trainers or medical personnel, this policy ensures that any type of athletic training, including massages, rubdowns, taping, etc., occurs in an open and interruptible location.

• Social Media and Electronic Communications. This policy has been updated. All electronic communication from an adult official, supervisor, assignor or other person of authority to a minor-aged participant must be professional in nature. Absent emergency circumstances, if an adult official, supervisor, assignor or other person of authority needs to communicate directly with a minor-aged participant via electronic communications (including social media), the minor’s parent must be copied.

A revised copy of the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook can be found at the USA Hockey website at www.usahockey.com/safesportprogram. Please refer to the SafeSport Handbook for details of these and other policies affecting USA Hockey programs. You can also reach out to your Affiliate SafeSport Coordinator or to USA Hockey if you have questions or need assistance.

Thank you again for all of your efforts in support of the safety of participants in USA Hockey programs.

2022 Annual Meeting & Board of Directors Candidates

The Annual Election will be held in person

Monday, May 9

7:00 pm

at the

Marriott Naperville, 1801 Naperville Road, Naperville, IL 60563  (Google map)


Candidates and their bios (alphabetical order):


  • Sabre Youth Hockey
    • Board of Directors (1997-2007)
    • President (2002- 2006)
  • Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois
    • Board of Directors (2003 – 2019)
    • President (2012-2018)
    • Executive Director (2019-2022)
    • Vice President of Operations (2007-2012)
    • Chairman Coaching Education Program (2003-2009)
    • Chairman Player Development (2005-2007)
    • House League Committee (2002- 2009)
    • Tier II Committee (2003- 2012)
    • Tier I Committee (2005-2022)
    • Showcase Committee (2002-2009)
    • Tier II President Council (2002- 2019)
    • Officiating Committee (2018-2022)
    • Youth Coach (1985-2018)
    • IHHOF Committee (2012-2022)
  • Illinois Hockey Officials Association
    • Board of Directors (2019 – 2022)
    • Referee in Chief (2019- 2020)
    • On-ice Official (1996- 2022)
    • Evaluator (2018-2022)


Fellow Officials,

I am currently running for reelection to the Board.  I have been a member of the board since 2019 and have been involved in several of the committees during my time: Nominations, Scholarships, Performance, Education, & Development, Rules & Ethics, and most recently my current role as our Registrar.  Although I am fairly new to being our Registrar, this is an opportunity that I am very excited about as we approach our seminar season.

I have been involved in Illinois hockey for as long as I can remember, from playing in both NIHL & Central States leagues to now officiating for the past 11 years.  As far as officiating I have had the pleasure of working many levels of hockey from mites to ACHA.  All of my greatest memories all involve our great sport.  I look forward to giving back to the sport that has given me so much throughout my life.

I am extremely thankful for the nomination and I look forward to the opportunity to continue my work on the Board.  I can assure you that my dedication as your registrar will not fade.  I currently make myself readily available and will continue to do the same as we approach next season.

I always welcome e-mails/phone calls from all fellow officials and I look forward to continuing my relationships with all of the membership, both professionally & personally.

Thank you again for your consideration,

Anthony Fiorito

IHOA Registrar



Hello all,

My name is Scott Gaffney and I have been officiating hockey for 6 seasons, but fell in love with the game when I started skating around the same time I learned to walk. I grew up playing hockey competitively in New England with my two older brothers. There was a 5 year period when I needed to prioritize school over hockey and in that short time off the ice I missed the game more than anything. Once I graduated from college and landed myself a “9 to 5”, I questioned what I could do on the weekends to keep my time occupied and myself in shape.

This is when I decided to attend my first USA Hockey seminar in the Fall of 2015. That season I only officiated a few cross-ice mite games which could leave many refs jaded, but not me. Quickly, my local Connecticut affiliate needed able bodies to cover games. One day a snowstorm hit and I was thrown onto a Tier I U14 game solo. This was when it really hit me that officiating was full of spontaneous opportunities and chances, and I was off for the races. In my second season, I worked my first ever 3-man system game at the Junior level.

Fast forward a few years and a few thousand games, I’m consistently working local college club and Jr. games, as well as the Southern Professional Hockey League where I refereed my first pro game this past season. Last year I was fortunate to represent Illinois at Central Districts and was selected to the national championship game at the USA Hockey High School Nationals. I consider myself lucky once again to be skating the U14 Tier I USA Hockey Nationals in downtown Chicago in April 2022.

Many will notice that while working games, such as those mentioned above, I always leave my ego at the door and will work anything and everything to give back to the game. I believe you’re never too advanced to work a squirt game and never too “good” to not learn from someone who has worked less or lower-level games and may have never had the same types of opportunities to get to the next level.

Therefore, I see myself as a genuine fit to help improve our local governing body and grow among my peers with each game, seminar, and interaction. Our sport will continue to change and I want to be there for every step and make sure our officiating community is heard and respected.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Born and raised in Elmwood Park, I started my officiating career at the bright age of 12. Never in my life would I have imagined that 18 years later I would be standing here in front of all of you to be considered for the IHOA Board.

All of the youth games supervised by Carl Sassolino, all those years ago, would start the path to be what is now my career as an official. I am proud to be a part of the alumni that came out of IHOA’s ADP who have been selected to go to various camps (Central District, Regional, and National Camp). From there, being a part of USA Hockey’s ODP was where I learned the trade as a linesman and was hired to be a part of the AHL’s staff 3 seasons now.

It is now time in my officiating career to give back to the IHOA community, for all they have done for me, and being a part of the IHOA Board would bring it full circle. Currently, I am volunteering with the seminars and supervising games, working with the younger generation of officials coming up through the ranks, to be a part of this amazing community and all it has to offer.

Thank you for your consideration.


Dear IHOA officials,

This is my 17th year as a member of IHOA.  As is common with many, I grew up playing ice hockey at an early age, but only transitioned into refereeing in later years.  As I discovered this new aspect of the greatest sport on earth, refereeing excited and intrigued me.  Over the years, I’ve endeavored to learn and develop my skills by working with others, gaining experience, and involving myself with the organization and with the programs that IHOA offers.  I have participated in the Advanced Development Program, worked on the Performance Education and Development and Rules & Ethics committees, and mentored new referees, many of whom are on the ice today.  Having involved myself with IHOA at many levels, I feel able to represent everyone from the youngest to the oldest.
As a board member, I will work to maintain the health and integrity of the organization and, in so doing, ensure IHOA’s long-standing history of professionalism in officiating.

Thank you,

Todd Permut


My name is Dan Zaloudek, and I am running for the IHOA Board of Directors. I grew up playing hockey in the Chicago area from mites through high school. For several years I was a coach for a club bantam team and JV. I stepped away from the game to start a family, then returned as an official in 2015.

Since I began wearing the stripes, I have worked games from cross-ice mites to midget AAA. I love getting on the ice and working games, regardless of the age group or skill level, and have especially enjoyed getting to know my fellow officials. I have worked hard to give back to the game. I completed the ADP program to improve my skills, and I have worked as both a mentor and an evaluator.

I am humbled to have been nominated for the Board. If elected to serve, I will apply the same passion and dedication to my responsibilities there as I do on the ice. I will work to improve the state of officiating and hockey to the best of my ability.




Dec. 31, 2021

Today Cook County Department of Public Health* is clarifying Mitigation Order 2021-11 to specify what will be allowed in youth athletics. CCDPH is acting in alignment with the Chicago Department of Public Health to have a consistent policy across Cook County and in response to requests for clarification related to youth athletics and recreation. CCDPH will continue to evaluate emerging science along with the impact of its orders and guidance and make necessary adjustments as needed.

The clarifying language states that the following are exempt from the order:

  • An individual 18 years of age or younger who enters a business subject to this Order to participate in an activity sponsored by a school, park district, child care or after-school program, or other organizations as defined in guidance by the Cook County Department of Public Health

  • Youth or adults participating in special recreation programs

  • Spectators of indoor sporting events provided that no food or drink is being served and that they remain masked at all time

Masking requirements are still in place in these facilities. Other fitness facilities in these buildings, such as fitness centers for individual workouts or group classes for adults are still covered under the masking and vaccination orders.

An updated order and guidance will be issued and effective Monday, January 3, 2022.

*CCDPH’s jurisdiction includes suburban Cook County, minus Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park, and Stickney Township.



Dr. Rachel Rubin

Dr. Kiran Joshi

Co-Leads and Senior Medical Officers

Cook County Department of Public Health

Cook County is requiring proof of vaccination for entrance into ice arena facilities

AHAI Advisory on COVID-19 and Youth Hockey  UPDATED:    December 30, 2021

Starting January 3rd, 2022, Cook County is requiring proof of vaccination for entrance into ice arena facilities. 

This includes all rinks in Cook County.

Effective: January 3, 2022



Proof of vaccination means:
• A CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card; or
• An official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where
the vaccine was administered; or
• An ‘app’ that provides a digital record of vaccinations; or
• A digital or physical photo of such a card or record that includes the
individual’s name, the vaccine brand administered, and the date the
vaccination was administered.

The enforcement of any state or local orders or requirements is the responsibility of the government agency issuing the order or requirement or the facility management (i.e. ice rink or classroom). Enforcement of any state or local orders or requirements is NOT the responsibility of any on‐ice game official.

On‐Ice game officials shall not be required to enforce any COVID‐19 mask mandate for any player, coach, off‐ice official, or spectator. Complaints of COVID‐ 19 mask non‐compliance directed to IHOA / AHAI shall be referred to the government agency issuing the order or requirement or the facility management.

On‐ice game officials may report observed COVID‐19 mask violations through the “Incident Reporting System.”

Officials will be paid for any scheduled game cancelled less than 36 hours before the scheduled starting time.

Games cancelled more than 36 hours before the scheduled starting time will only incur the assignment and service fee.

***Officials who are assigned and are unable to work games due to not being admitted to the facility

will not be paid and need to contact their assigner ASAP.***

ADP Sessions scheduled

February 15, 2022ZOOM730p-930pn/aTBD


Register for events here: Register for events here

Email APD Coordinator Brad Baumruck: Email ADP Director Brad Baumruck