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Bryan Eisentraut

USAH State Supervisor of Officals

Phone: cell: 602-688-2733

Arizona Referee Seminars

Arizona USA Hockey Officials,

The 2013-14 season is just around the corner. In order to start the season strong I wanted to get some basic information to all the officials prior to the seminars. Below are some basic updates for the upcoming season as well as some information on USAH registration and the seminars. While you are reading through the information please take note of the background screening requirement for seminar attendance. I hope all of you had a fun and productive summer and are ready to get back to the game!

Registration and Seminars
I highly recommend that you enroll/attend the August seminar (Level 2 & 3) as space at seminars is limited and not guaranteed (especially at the last few seminars). It is best to complete this requirement as soon as possible instead of waiting for the last option.

As of August 1st you are be able to register with USAH as an on-ice official for the 2013-14 season. Registration with USAH and enrollment in a seminar will be virtually the same as last year with a few minor changes.

First, all on-ice officials 18 years of age or above will need to clear background screening PRIOR to attending the seminar. The background screening process can take up to one week to complete so make sure that you submit your screening application with plenty of time before your seminar.

Second, no walk-ups will be granted admission to a seminar. All seminar attendants must register in advance using the USAH seminar registration tool. Since seminar seats are limited I highly recommend that you register with USAH and enroll in your preferred seminar as soon as possible after August 1st. Below is a summary of the registration steps.

Level 1 Seminars

  •  September 21
  • October 26
  • November 16

 Level 2 Seminars

  • August 24
  • September 21
  • November 16

Level 3 Seminars

  • August 24
  • October 26

 Level 4 Seminar

  • September 14

 Flagstaff Seminar (Levels 1, 2, & 3)

  • September 15


On-Ice Location

            Oceanside Ice Arena

            1520 N McClintock Drive

            Tempe, AZ 85281



 Classroom Location

            Four Points by Sheraton Tempe

            1333 S Rural Road

            Tempe, AZ 85281




In order to be awarded Level 4 status for the 2013-14 season you must successfully pass a skating test and receive a minimum score of 40/50 on the closed-book exam. In order to maintain Level 3 status for the 2013-14 season you must score at least a 35/40 on the closed-book test. Officials who attend the Level 4 seminar but score 34 or below on the closed book exam will be dropped to Level 2 for the 2013-14 season. Please keep this in mind when making your decision to attend the Level 4 seminar.

Rule Changes
Attached is a copy of the rule change summary for the upcoming 2013-14 season. There is not another rule change until prior to the 2017-18 season in 4 years. Make sure you get to know these new rules well as you will be using them for a long while. Below are some of the more substantial changes to the rules but please make sure that you read the entire attached document.

  • Visors are mandatory for all on-ice officials
  • Penalty options for boarding, charging, and head contact
    • 2 minute minor and 10 minute misconduct
    • 5 minute major and game misconduct
    • match penalty
  • A player receiving a 2nd 10 minute misconduct will instead receive a game misconduct
    • Game misconduct is in lieu of 2nd 10 minute misconduct
  • ADULT: Adds option for game misconduct for removing own helmet prior to or during an altercation
SafeSport Training
Beginning this season (2013-14) all on-ice officials over the age of 18 must complete the online SafeSport training. The SafeSport training program covers issues including on-ice and off-ice safety. You can get information on SafeSport and complete the training online at http://www.usahockey.com/Safesport/Training.aspx. In order to be eligible to work state, district, or national tournaments you must complete the SafeSport training prior to December 31. Those officials who do not complete the training prior to this date will not be eligible to work any of these tournaments.

Just like the background screening requirement SafeSport training must be completed every 2 years. That means officials who complete it this year will not need to redo the training until the 2015-16 season. To make things less confusing for officials USAH will be incorporating the SafeSport training requirement with your annual registration for the 2014-15 season. Starting with the 2014-15 season you will be notified when you register with USAH as an on-ice official if you need to complete the SafeSport training. For this season, however, if you have not completed the training as a coach/manager you will need to complete it as an on-ice official.

Good luck with the upcoming season!

Bryan Eisentraut
Arizona Supervisor of Officials
USA Hockey

Questions or comments, please feel free to contact Bryan Eisentraut at the link above.