Georgia Ice Hockey Officials Association


The 1st Annual Atlanta Sparks “Put Your Disability on ICE”
Hockey Tournament/Fund Raiser

Calling all hockey players! Come support a great cause with the “Put Your Disability on ICE Tournament”! This tournament will help fundraise for The Atlanta Sparks Sled and Disabled Hockey Programs, which allow children and adults with disabilities to love the game of hockey!

For more info click here.


2014-15 Season info


Important notes about USA Hockey's 2014-15 registration requirements
There are a number of changes that USA Hockey is putting in place this year so we want to give you an overview ahead of time.  Registration for the new season opens up on August 1. Information on these changes is located both at the Southeastern District Officials web site and the USA Hockey web site.   For Atlanta area specific Seminar information please visit the Seminars page on

There are two new requirements for becoming a USA Hockey Official.  USA Hockey is adding an online education requirement to the registration process and SafeSport training is now required for Officials over the age of 18. Just as with background screening, you will be required to complete SafeSport training every two years.  Here's what you need to know about the new process:

All levels will be required to complete some computer-based (online) training course in order to complete the registration process. You will not receive your 2014-2015 registration card and sweater crest until you complete your online training. When you register with USA Hockey (registration opens Aug. 1) you will be able to access the new online training site. Training consists of a series of modules approximately 3-8 minutes in length (some upper level topics are longer). The modules contain a narrated presentation accompanied by video clips that illustrate the material in the module topic. The lessons are followed by a short quiz to check comprehension. You must receive a passing grade on the quiz in order to receive module credit.  Online training requirements vary by level. There are some modules that should be completed before you attend a seminar. For that reason, we recommend the following procedure for registering or renewing your registration:

  1. Shop for a seminar. USA Hockey will start posting seminar information as it becomes available. USA Hockey will open the site to accept seminar reservations starting Aug. 1.
  2. Go to the USA Hockey Registration page and register or renew your registration. USA Hockey will open the registration site for the 2014-2015 season on Aug. 1.
  3. Log on to the USA Hockey Seminar Catalog and reserve your seat at a seminar. Once you have registered, pick a seminar at the same level as your registration.
  4. Log on to USA Hockey (URL TBD) and complete the pre-seminar training modules.
  5. Attend the seminar.
  6. Log on to USA Hockey to complete your online training and open book rule exam.

Those over the age of 18 should ensure their background screening is up to date and should complete SafeSport training if they have not already done so. If you have not completed SafeSport or must renew your background screening, you should wait until after Aug. 1 to submit your background screening request and take the SafeSport training. Aug. 1 is the cutoff date and if you complete either SafeSport or your background screening prior to Aug 1, that credit will be applied to the 2013-2014 season. If you wait until after Aug. 1, both SafeSport and your screening will be good for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons.  Visit the following sites for information on Background Screening and SafeSport training.  Southeast District web site and USA Hockey SafeSport web site.

The USA Hockey registration system will be tracking completion of the online seminar training curriculum and SafeSport training, as well as open book exam, closed book exam (Levels 2-4), skating test (Level 4) and seminar attendance.  You will not receive your card and crest until all registration criteria have been fulfilled.  You will be able to log in to your Referee Profile on USA Hockey to track your progress and review your exam scores.  Since the registration system is being used to track progress, it is strongly recommended that you use the seminar reservation system to reserve a seat at a seminar instead of just showing up as a walk-in. 

Ice Forum Squirt Travel Prep

Here are the instructions on how to implement the Squirt Travel Prep half ice games.

Squirt Half Ice game concept instructions.

A Little ACHA Fun

Name Plates

All USA Hockey Officials that are members of GIHOA are required to have their last name placed on the back of their jersey. You can order your own name plate through web sites such as , they can produce the name plate and sew it on for you.

It is extremely important that your name plate be sewn on in the correct location on the back of your jersey. This ensures uniformity of the appearance of all our Officials.

Click here for a picture of the proper location.

USA Hockey Rule Publications

The new USA hockey publications are out and can be downloaded using the links on the right of this page.



A significant rule change has been instituted.
Body Checking is illegal in the Pee Wee age bracket.
Body Contact is legal.
I ask you to watch the attached video several times before our seminars and your first Pee Wee game.
For some of you the difference between body contact and body checking is easy to identify.
For some it is more difficult.
Officials for Pee Wee games will be monitored and evaluated to ensure consistency from crew to crew.
Again, please view this video a few times.
Bob Klein
USA Hockey
State Supervisor

CLICK HERE to watch the Checking Video

2 Referees / 1 Linesmen

Here is a sheet to print out for a reminder on how the 2 referees and 1 linesmen system works.

2 referee/ 1 linesmen sheet

Direct Deposit

As previously discussed GIHOA is moving to Direct Deposit. July will be the beginning of the "Direct Deposit" program for GIHOA, all June game fees will be paid through Direct Deposit.

Payments to all GIHOA officials will be made through this program.

Here is how the program works.

GIHOA will transfer the payroll to REFPAY, once REFPAY gets and process the payroll, REFPAY will make the funds available to you. You will get an email directly from REFPAY confirming the availability of funds.

Funds are available in 3 forms to you. (you will make this choice when you register at REFPAY).

1. EFT = Electronic funds transfer to your bank account.

2. Debit card through REFPAY.

3. Hard copy check mailed to you (this will cost you 3.00)

What is your next step?

You need to register at click "sign up". (have your bank address, routing and account numbers with you)

We suggest you use your same logon and password as you use on Arbiter.

Once you have completed the 8 steps you will get two emails from REFPAY. The first will thank you for signing up with REFPAY, the second, 24 hours later, will confirm your registration is complete.

Once your registeration is complete, this will tie Arbiter and Refpay together. Sign onto Arbiter, click "payments" and look for the tab that says REFPAY.

Remember, the only way to get paid in the future by GIHOA is to register at REFPAY.

Click here for a 29 page PDF that will answer your questions about this program.

Questions about this process can be directed to Scott Sanders @ please do not overload him with questions until you have read the instructions.

Board of Director's meeting

Next meeting T.B.A.


GIHOA Advertisements Page

Have you ever wanted to sell ref or hockey gear but not had much success?

GIHOA has decided to offer a page on were you will finally be able to broadcast to an audience that has a higher interest in your gently used hockey equipment.

Introducing: GIHOA Advertisements (click here to check out what we have already.)

All you need to do is e-mail your ads to and we will take it from there. After we get a few ads we will post them on the webpage. Want to include a photo? Send your jpg file with your e-mail. Interested in selling something else or promoting your business? All ads are welcome.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Shon.


Interested In Becoming a Referee?

Interested in Becoming a Referee? All USA Hockey Officials are required to register as an official with USA Hockey, attend a USA Hockey instructional seminar, and pass an open book test every year to remain fully registered as a Referee.    Please contact Shon Huettl at




New Rule Change Documents

2013-17 Rule Change Summary

2013-17 USA Hockey Rules

2013-17 USA Hockey Casebook

2013-14 Level 2 Study Guide

2014-15 USPHL Game Operations Book

2013-14 Level 3 Study Guide

2012-13 Level 2 Study Guide

2012-13 Level 3 Study Guide

Level 4 Skating Test

13-14 Level 4 Exam

13-14 Level 4 Answers

12-13 Level 4 Exam

12-13 Level 4 Answers



Men's League and ACHA Game Report form

Updated: 22-Apr-2015 7:27 PM