GIHOA and USA Hockey Officiating Seminars 2017-18  

The Georgia Ice Hockey Officials Association and USA Hockey would like to welcome you to the 2017 - 2018 Hockey Season. The local staff is busy organizing and preparing to present a great seminar season for our local officials. Whether you are an experienced official, a first timer or a parent or coach who would like to expand your hockey knowledge, one of these seminars is the place to be. Pick the appropriate level seminar, pick your date, mark your calendar and follow the seminar registration procedures found below. Space is limited so register early. If these listed seminars do not fit your schedule, you can always search for another seminar throughout the Southeast at the Southeastern District web site Southeastern District web site. Registration for the new season and for seminars begins on August 1, 2017. If you have any questions about registering or seminars please contact Steven Waugh at Waugh@gihoa.net


Important Information for the 2017 – 2018 Season

Changes that were implemented last year will continue this season.  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.
The following is very important and includes a change in the registration process for USA Hockey membership and attending a Seminar.  Registration for the 2017/2018 season opens up on Monday, August 1st.  New starting with the upcoming season, when registration opens on August 1, 2017, you MUST register with USA Hockey (which includes paying) BEFORE you will be allowed to register for a seminar.  This means any Official that wants to attend our first seminar on August 6th, will have only 5 days to register with USA Hockey and then register for that Seminar. You will no longer be allowed to wait until after the Seminar to register with USA Hockey.
Two new requirements for becoming a USA Hockey Official which started two seasons ago. 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 2016-2017 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. This step must be completed prior to completing Seminar Registration, Open Book Exams, and Online Education.  Go to the USA Hockey Registration page and register or renew your registration. USA Hockey will open the registration site for the 2017-2018 season on Aug. 1.
  2. 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.
  3. Attend the seminar.
  4. 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 2016-2017 season. If you wait until after Aug. 1, both SafeSport and your screening will be good for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 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.


Atlanta Area Seminar Schedule

Seminar dates and locations for Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 are now posted. See below for information for each level. Please check the USA Hockey Official Seminars for additional important information and other level 1, 2, 3 or 4 seminars in the area.


Download and print this packet before coming to the seminar.

Seminar Registration Procedures

New starting with the 2016/2017 season, when registration opens on August 1, 2017, you MUST register with USA Hockey (which includes paying) BEFORE you will be allowed to register for a seminar.   After you have completed your registration with USA Hockey then to register for a seminar go to the USA Hockey Website, create a Personal Profile and register for the seminar you wish to attend. You may attend a seminar anywhere in the country. Visit the USA Hockey web site for locations.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: When you complete your USA Hockey registration (see below) you MUST attend the seminar for the Officiating level you are registering for. If you're registering for Level 1, you MUST attend the Level 1 seminar, if registering for Level 2 you MUST attend the Level 2 seminar, if registering for Level 3 you MUST attend a Level 3 seminar and if you are registering for Level 4 then you MUST attend a Level 4 seminar. No exceptions. All NEW Officials must register for and attend the Level 1 seminar.

USA Hockey Registration Procedures
To become an Official or remain current as an Official you must complete an annual USA Hockey Registration. This registration is separate from the USA Hockey Online Seminar Registration. Registration opens August 1st and you must complete the USA Hockey Officiating Registration prior to registering for the seminar date you would like to attend.  This also allows you to be prepared for both the open book online exam (all levels) and the required closed book exam for Levels 2, 3 and 4. For new Officials, do not take the open book online exam until you receive your new rule book in the mail which you will receive after you have completed your USA Hockey registration.

Level 1, 2 & 3 Seminars

You can visit the USA Hockey Seminar Reservation System to view the available seminars and you can enroll starting August 1, 2017. Please read the attached letter: “Before You Decide to Become a Referee” (must read for any new referee.) It gives you an expectation of what to expect as you travel down the road to becoming a USA Hockey official.

All Atlanta area seminars have been completed for the 2017-18 Season.


Level 4 Seminar

The Level 4 seminar for 2017-18 in the Atlanta area has been completed for this season.


GIHOA Membership

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Updated: 15-Jan-2018 6:02 AM