Officiating Registration Process

Thank you for your interest in the USA Hockey Officiating Program and the Illinois Hockey Officials Association. Everyone must attend a USA Hockey seminar, administered by IHOA, each year (both veterans and new officials) in order to be a registered official. 

**2021-22 REGISTRATION**

The COVID-19 pandemic presented a critical time in the world… To go from business as usual to seeing the hockey world come to a standstill in a matter of days was a shock to the system. As of June 11, 2021, Illinois Govenor Pritzker announced that Illinois is fully re-open (Phase 5: Restore Illinois); please visit USA Hockey- COVID FAQs for more information.

 

New officials must register online as a Level 1 officials in order to be admitted to the seminar.

UPDATE 07/21/21: New officials must be 12 years old by December 31 of the current year to register with IHOA for the current season.

  • A returning official (“complete” the previous season) may not officiate after November 30 of the current season (expiration date on previous year’s card) unless he/she is completely registered for the current season.

Registration is on a “first-come, first-served basis” and registration for each seminar will be closed when the seminar reaches capacity. Please note that these seminars often fill up quickly. IF space is available, walk-ins are allowed.

If you have any other questions about seminars or the registration

process, please contact the Registrar (Dave Zednik) for the State of Illinois, or fill

out the form at the bottom of the page.

 


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

 

FIRST: USA Hockey on-line

Membership Registration: usahockeyregistration.com

and

Register for a seminar:  https://www.usahockey.com/officialseminars

 

SECOND: IHOA on-line

Register for the same seminar as USAH’s registration: IHOA SEMINARS

Yes, you will have to register for a seminar TWICE, only charged on IHOA’s site.

 


 **2021-22 REGISTRATION** 

After you register with USA Hockey, you will receive a USA Hockey Rule Book (if a new official) and access to the Open Book Test; complete the Open Book Test on-line. USA Hockey will process all of your information. If you successfully complete all aspects of the program (see below), they will send you an official’s card along and crest for your sweater.

Complete“: the official has met all the criteria (exams, seminars, online training, etc.) at the level for which they applied.

Incomplete“: the official has filed an application but has not completed all the necessary criteria to be “complete” at any level. A new official (not registered the previous year) may not officiate until he/she is completely registered.

Classification Requirements

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As of the 2018-19 season: Any official who is 16 years old (or older) at the time of Membership Registration, and has two or more seasons of completed registration, must register as a Level 2, Level 3, or Level 4 based on eligibility.

If an official who is 16 years old or older at the time of Membership Registration, and has more than two seasons of completed registration fails to meet Level 2, Level 3, or Level 4 registration requirements and completes as a Level 1, they must register as a Level 2, Level 3, or Level 4 Official the following season.

LEVEL 1 Complete  

 

LEVEL 2 Complete  

  • Must complete USA Hockey online Membership Registration
    • NOTE: Ensure that your registration level with USA Hockey matches your seminar attendance. If they do not MATCH your registration will automatically set at Level 1.
  • Must submit Registration Fee ($90.00 + separate IHOA fee)
  • Must have been Level 1 or higher (Complete) within the last two seasons
  • Must attain an Open Book Exam score of 40/50 (or higher)
  • Must attain a Level 2 Closed Book Exam score of 24/30 (or higher)
  • Must attend and complete a Level 2 officiating seminar
  • Must complete Level 2 Online Education curriculum
  • Must complete SafeSport training (if 2004 Birth Year, or older)
  • Must complete and maintain a USA Hockey sanctioned criminal Background Screen if 18(+) years old on June 1, 2021

Questions? Contact the IHOA Registrar (Dave Zednik)

 

LEVEL 3 Complete

  • Must complete USA Hockey online Membership Registration
    • NOTE: Ensure that your registration level with USA Hockey matches your IHOA seminar attendance. If they do not MATCH your registration will automatically set at Level 1.
    • Must submit Registration Fee ($90.00 + separate IHOA fee)
  • **If you complete the USAH Advanced Officiating Symposium: Officials who have been completely registered at Level 3 or Level 4 for the three (3) consecutive seasons prior to attending an Officiating Symposium.
    • IHOA members still need to pay “DUES ONLY” when registering with IHOA.
  • Must have been Level 2 or higher (Complete) during the previous season
    • NOTE: Since the 2016-2017 registration season, the IHOA requirements for Level 3 have been modified to match USA Hockey. However, ALL LEVEL 3 OFFICIALS who have been a level 3 (or higher) for LESS THAN 2 YEARS will be required to participate in an on-ice session on the day of their seminar. 
  • Must complete SafeSport training (if 2004 Birth Year, or older)
  • Must complete and maintain a USA Hockey sanctioned criminal Background Screen if 18(+) years old on June 1, 2021
  • Must attain an Open Book Exam score of 45/50 (or higher)
  • Must attain a Level 3 Closed Book Exam score of 40/50 (or higher)
  • Must attend and complete a Level 3 officiating seminar
  • Must complete Level 3 Online Education curriculum

 

LEVEL 4 Complete

  • If you complete the USAH Advanced Officiating Symposium: Officials who have been completely registered at Level 3 or Level 4 for the three (3) consecutive seasons prior to attending an Officiating Symposium.
    • IHOA members still need to pay “DUES ONLY” when registering with IHOA.
  • Must complete USA Hockey online Membership Registration
    • NOTE: Ensure that your registration level with USA Hockey matches your IHOA seminar attendance. If they do not MATCH your registration will automatically set at Level 1.
  • Must submit Registration Fee ($90.00 + separate IHOA fee)
  • Must have been Level 3 or 4 (Complete) last season
  • Must attain an Open Book Exam score of 45/50
  • Must attain a Level 4 Closed Book Exam score of 40/50
  • Must attend and complete a Level 4 officiating seminar each season, and pass Level 4 Skating Exam
  • Must complete Level 4 Online Education curriculum
  • Must complete SafeSport training (if 2004 Birth Year, or older)
  • Must complete and maintain a USA Hockey sanctioned criminal Background Screen if 18(+) years old on June 1, 2021
  • Must arrange to have an evaluation completed while officiating a high-level game by a trained USA Hockey Evaluator at least once during the current calendar year.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES  

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

 

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

 

 

FIRST: USA Hockey on-line

Membership Registration: usahockeyregistration.com

and

Register for a seminar:  https://www.usahockey.com/officialseminars

SECOND: IHOA on-line

Register for the same seminar as USAH’s registration: IHOA SEMINARS

Yes, you will have to register for a seminar TWICE, only charged on IHOA’s site.

 

 

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