Skokie LEVEL 1 ONLY Seminar added


SKOKIE Level 1 ZOOM Seminar:

September 14 & 15…6pm-9pm


SKOKIE Level 1 MANDATORY ON-ICE:

September 19…1135am-105pm

***ARRIVE 45minutes early for check-in and if you need to change into proper on-ice attire. 


Level 1 officials need:

    1. Wear loose comfortable clothing (sweats/warm-ups) You may NOT wear shorts or short-sleeved shirts on the ice (Referee attire is not required though.)
    2. Hockey skates (no goalie skates)
    3. A hockey helmet with a VISOR (half shield)(NO HALF CAGES!)
    4. Bring your PDF Form that you should have printed after you completed the IHOA registration.

Pads are not required, but you are welcome to wear them. Level 1 officials will receive whistles at the seminar.  After you register with USA Hockey, you will receive your rule book and test.

Remember, NO ONE is allowed to enter a seminar LATE. Show up Early!!

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

YOU MUST HAVE A VISOR FOR THE ON-ICE PORTION OF YOUR SEMINAR. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

**PLEASE NOTE THE START AND END TIMES FOR YOUR SEMINAR.**

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.

 

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: Dave Zednik registrar@ihoa.com

 

 

Central District RIC Sjoukje Brown stepping down

July 14, 2021 Colleagues and Fellow Zebras in the Central District-

As you know, I have had the honor of serving USA Hockey’s Central District as the District Referee-in-Chief since 2015. This is a role that I never imagined myself taking when I first started officiating, and I have had to follow in some amazing footsteps (Chet Stewart, Bill Spohn, Dave LaBuda, Bob Cunningham). Life takes unexpected turns and twists, and I was in the right place at the right time to assume this role and lead this district with the passion it deserves. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Central District Affiliate Presidents, in selecting me, selected the first female District Referee-in-Chief in USA Hockey history. What an incredible honor! In my tenure we have developed a district plan encompassing communication, recruitment, education, development, evaluation, retention, and fiscal responsibility. We have sent so many officials to National tournaments and camps, where they work championship games repeatedly. We celebrated the success of our IIHF certified officials as they officiated the Olympic Games, World Championships, and many other tournaments. We participated in rewriting curriculum for seminars and “reimaged” the Central District camp structure. Annually we hold a Summer Summit for all Central District Officiating Program Staff, bringing all of our affiliate officiating groups (IHOA, MIHOA, WIHOA, and Midwest) together for a weekend of strategic planning around our six areas of concentration and to network with each other for solutions to issues we face. Each of our affiliates is so unique that these summit opportunities have been welcome as a way to exchange information and to work together to reinforce our standing as a district at the forefront of the officiating community. In short, we have done much “heavy lifting”.

As I said earlier, life takes unexpected turns and twists. Recently I made the decision to move to the Austin, TX area so that my daughter could grow up near family (we have a large extended family here), and so that I could assist my mother as she ages. Though I can attribute many of my positive life experiences to hockey, the best one thus far is being “Mommy” to my daughter, Tenley. I LOVE officiating, and thank God each night for what being a zebra has brought to my life. I have a lifelong hockey family and have had SO many opportunities to skate amazing levels of men’s and women’s hockey across the country. I will always cherish my hockey life. That being said, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided that due to distance and life’s demands, it is time for me to step away from my role as Central District RIC. Sometimes we officials have to make tough calls, and though this call is the toughest I’ve had to make, it is also the best one.

I will continue to work with the Central District to assist Tim Richter as he transitions into the District Referee-in-Chief role, and I will always be available to help. I thank you for your trust in me over the past six years, and I look forward to seeing you in a rink somewhere, someday. My phone number will remain the same, and my personal email address is: referette@gmail.com. Thank you ALL for your dedication to the Central District and to the officiating program. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you.

 

Yours in hockey,

Sjoukje Brown

USA Hockey Central District Referee-in-Chief

 

2021-22 IHOA Seminars **UPDATED 7/8/21**

FIRSTRegister with USA Hockey on-line

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

SECONDRegister on-line for an IHOA SEMINAR

 

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:

Dave Zednik registrar@ihoa.com

 

 

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. **

and MUST WORK FIRST GAME WITH A MENTOR. INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THEIR SEMINAR.

 

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***

 

YOU MUST HAVE A VISOR FOR THE ON-ICE PORTION OF YOUR SEMINAR. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

**PLEASE NOTE THE START AND END TIMES FOR YOUR SEMINAR.**

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: Dave Zednik registrar@ihoa.com

The Passing of Michael Osborn

It is with great sadness to inform the IHOA community of the passing of Michael Osborn.

Mike was involved in an accident last Wednesday and passed away today. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers through this time of great hardship and grief.

When further information is known, IHOA will pass it along.

2021-22 Seminars

Please note that there are TWO different sets of seminars: VIRTUAL and ON-ICE. Please be aware of which one you are registering for and the requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Registrar Dave Zednik.

VIRTUAL SEMINARS
DATELEVELTIME
JULY 27 & 2816P-9P
JULY 2936P-9P
AUG 246P-9P
AUG 3 & 416P-9P
AUG 536P-9P
AUG 926P-9P
AUG 10 & 1116P-9P
AUG 1146P-9P
AUG 1236P-9P
AUG 1626P-9P
AUG 17 & 1816P-9P
AUG 24 & 2516P-9P
SEPT 736P-9P
SEPT 846P-9P
SEPT 926P-9P
SEPT 14 & 1516P-9P
SEPT 1828A-11A
SEPT 1831P-4P
SEPT 21 & 2216P-9P
SEPT 2549A-12P
SEPT 2836P-9P
OCT 626P-9P

 

***PLEASE be AWARE… The TBD ON-ICE Seminars will be updated when events are confirmed!***

ON-ICE SEMINARS
DATELOCATIONTIME
AUG 1HOFFMAN EST12P-2P
AUG 7 *or* 8TBDTBD
AUG 15HOFFMAN EST12P-2P
AUG 21 *or* 22TBDTBD
AUG 28MT. PROSPECT1130A-1P
SEPT 18 *or* 19TBDTBD
SEPT 25 *or* 26TBDTBD
Downstate?TBDTBD

 

2021-22 Hockey Season Registration

The 2021-2022 hockey season is fast approaching and when the hockey season begins it is anticipated that youth and adult games

will be USAH and sanctioned with no Illinois Department of Public Health restrictions.

The only way to work sanctioned games is to be completely registered.

USA Hockey registration opened June 1st

IHOA registration will begin on July 6th

Seminars will be starting soon after that.

Level 1 seminar: A hybrid of virtual and on-ice with ALL safety practices in place

Levels 2, 3, & 4 seminars: All via Zoom

It will be in your best interest to have your seminars and USA Hockey requirements completed as soon as possible

When competitive play begins, you will be ready to hit the ice skating.

Let us look forward to a healthy and great hockey season.

Dave Zednik- IHOA Registrar

Mark Gore Memorial Golf Outing 2021


Friday, July 23rd, Bloomingdale Golf Club 8:00 AM- Shotgun Start.

Cost: $55 a golfer, prefer prior arranged groups.

$45 goes to Bloomingdale Golf Club $10 goes to the committee.

All proceeds will be donated in Mark’s name to “Puck Cancer”

Patio deck will be open after the outing!

If you would like to contribute a Raffle prize please fill out the appropriate section.

****We do need 60 to run the outing**** 15 groups of 4 so please register ASAP

Registration

May IHOA meeting & Annual Election

This is a friendly reminder that the Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members and Officers will be held on

Monday, May 10th, 2021 @ 7pm (Central time) via a Zoom webinar:

Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yxNIP0RnSWuUhQNUKswkyQ

**After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

Below are the candidates, in alphabetical order, and their bio’s:

Mark Bialko:

Hi, my name is Mark Bialko. I am currently serving on the IHOA board as a director. I am seeking to be re-elected to the board for a second term. I first started officiating when I was twelve years old. I officiated for seven years at that time. I returned to officiating five years ago because my son Michael was playing and encouraged me to get back into officiating because he saw my love of officiating and the game. At that time, Michael was planning to become an official. Michael is now a third-year official. I wish I would have stayed involved as an official during those years away but at the time I went away to college in Florida and when I returned, I was hired as an aircraft mechanic with United Airlines working the midnight shift. Now as a father, official, and working in cooperate aircraft maintenance now, I have the time and passion to donate my time as a board member. I see the value in seminars, mentoring, and the development of current and new officials. I want to give back to the officiating community that welcomed me back with open arms and I have embraced it. I love helping our members gain the knowledge and experience so they all can be the best possible official they can be.  I can do this by being re-elected to a second term.

Brian Fisher:

My name is Brian Fisher. I began my officiating career when I was 12 to improve my skating skills, expand my knowledge of the game I love, and to earn a little pocket money. The more I was able to ref, the more I began to appreciate the complexities of the job, which I feel made me a better player in my younger years. With that being said, I have now been an official for 20 plus years and still love it just as much. I am currently a level 4 official and attended the Advanced Officials Symposium in Minneapolis, MN that took place in 2019. This gave me the opportunity to network with officials from all over the United States and share our experiences with one another. I feel the best way to gain insight is from firsthand stories and experiences. I would say that the Symposium most certainly was a melting pot of knowledge and I enjoyed learning and being a part of it.  In recent years, I have also volunteered to be a seminar assistant and supervisor with IHOA. I like helping new referees and those who have been on the ice for as long as I have, continue to learn so that we can provide a fun, positive, and safe environment for the athletes to compete. One of my proudest referee moments was when I was invited to the Red Division High School State Championship game at the United Center in 2015.  Being a hockey player through my college years, skating on the ice at the United Center was an incredible experience.  Along with the Red Division High School State Championship, I have been selected to work at three National Championship tournaments as well. When I am not on the ice, I live with my wife and two children in Oswego.  When the weather and wife allow, you will find me riding my bike or playing in my summer softball league. Thank you for the nomination.

Steven Rickard:

Greetings, my name is Steven Rickard and I have been a USA Hockey Official for 12 years. I participated in the Advanced Development Program for three years. During my involvement with the Development Program, I started to volunteer my time helping out with seminars as an assistant instructor in the classroom and on the ice. I have also mentored first-time officials officiating their first games and evaluated hundreds of officials during my officiating career. I believe giving back to the officiating community is essential to maintaining a strong core of officials. I have been an  IHOA Board Member for three years. I have been the Chairman of the PED committee and, most recently, the President of IHOA.

Carl Sassolino:

My name is Carl Sassolino and I am running for re-election for the IHOA Board of Directors. I have been an official for the last 21 years and on the Board of Directors for the last 12 years. During that time I have been involved on the following committees: Evaluation, Mentoring, Seminar Coordinator, and the Performance Education and Development to name a few. While working on these committees, it has been important to me to reach out and listen to the membership on how we could best help in each of these areas. I am very proud to say that we have made some vast improvements with the ideas of our membership on how we could best help all levels of officials. In the last 2 years, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we had to adjust our seminars to being virtual while still working under the USA guidelines sent to us every year. Regarding IHOA’s Mentoring Program, we have worked hard and became one of the model programs in all of USA Hockey across the country, largely due to the over 90 Mentors who have helped along the way. We were able to help train and mentor over 250 new officials on close to 300 games in the last 3 years. Even though we as a board have made the improvements mentioned above, I don’t believe we are fully where we need to be and, if re-elected, will continue to work making our programs the best in the country and set the standards for all of USA Hockey.

Craig Welker:

I have been an IHOA official for over 25 years, and during this time I have been involved with many IHOA programs and events.  I started the IHOA Advanced Development program back in 2000 and have continued to stay involved with it over the last couple of decades.  As an official, I have worked in many various leagues, including the USHL, CHL, ECHL, WCHA, and the BIG10.  If elected to serve another term, I will continue to work with the development program to help officials get the same opportunities I had during my career.  I will also continue to volunteer in coordinating and assisting with the seminars.  Thanks for the opportunity to serve as a board member for the past many years and I ask for your vote in the upcoming election.