2017-18 REGISTRATION RULES & POLICIES
The 2017-18 registration season for the Officiating Program begins on August 1, 2017 and all incomplete registrations must be completed by 12:00am (midnight), April 30 of the following year. USA Hockey officials registration is valid for the entire season in any district or state in the United States. Membership in a State or Local Officials Association is not required for USA Hockey officials registration.
USA Hockey has no minimum or maximum ages for officials. It is highly recommended that, regardless of level attained, officials not work games of their own age classification or higher. Generally, officials can successfully officiate as young as age 10. However, some individual states do have restrictive child labor laws that do not exempt amateur sport officials. It is the obligation of the parent who registers a minor to determine the specific labor laws in their respective state prior to registering with USA Hockey.
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. The District Referee-in-Chief may make exceptions to this rule in extreme cases where the applicant has extensive hockey officiating experience that would foster registration at Level 2. In such cases, the applicant must contact the District Referee-in-Chief prior to completing membership registration.
No first-time registered official may register above Level 2 for the first season.