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Hockey Referee Grades

Level 1 : U.S. Soccer Federation International Referee

 
Authorization/Recommendation:

– May officiate games with players age 12 & under = Pee-Wee (12 & under), Squirt (10 & under), & Mite (8 & under).

 
Major requirements:

– New officials must register online with the USA Hockey with annual registration fee.
– Must attend and complete an officiating seminar administrated by USA Hockey.

 
Minor requirements:

– USA Hockey has no age restrictions for officiating. However in an effort to prevent people from registering and not being able to work due to labor laws they encourage to contact USA Hockey District Referee-in-Chief before registering. Generally, officials can successfully officiate as young as age ten years-old.
– If candidate is over 18 or older a background check will be needed. Minors will require the signature of a parent or guardian on the agreement between District/State Hockey Official.
– All officials should bring a notebook, a pen/pencil, whistle, skates, helmet, protective equipment.

 
Pass Marks:

– 35/50 in open book exam.

 
Cost for Registration:

– $35.00 + applicable Affiliate Fee.

 

Level 2: U.S. Soccer Federation International Assistant Referee

 
Authorization/Recommendation:

– May officiate games with players age 14 & under = Bantam (14 & under), Pee-Wee, Squirt, & Mite. In order to register as a Level 2 official, must have been a level 1 official in the prior season.

 
Major requirements:

– Completed Level 1 registration or higher within the last two seasons.
– Must register online with the USA Hockey with annual registration fee.
– Must attend and complete an officiating seminar administrated by USA Hockey.

 
Minor requirements:

– USA Hockey has no age restrictions for officiating. However in an effort to prevent people from registering and not being able to work due to labor laws they encourage to contact USA Hockey District Referee-in-Chief before registering. Generally, officials can successfully officiate as young as age ten years-old.
– If candidate is over 18 or older a background check will be needed. Minors will require the signature of a parent or guardian on the agreement between District/State Hockey Official.
– All officials should bring a notebook, a pen/pencil, whistle, skates, helmet, protective equipment.

 
Pass Marks:

– 85/100 (open book) & 24/30 (closed book).

 
Cost for Registration:

– $60.00 + applicable Affiliate Fee.

 

Level 3: U.S. Soccer Federation Professional Referee

 
Authorization/Recommendation:

– May officiate games with players age 18 & under = Midget (18 & under), Bantam, Pee-Wee, Squirt, & Mite. Level 3 officials are also eligible to officiate Senior games (over 20) as well as act as a linesman for Junior Hockey (20 & under). In order to register as a Level 3 official, must have been a Level 2 official for at least two prior seasons.

 
Major requirements:

– Completed Level 2 registration or higher last season.
– Must register online with the USA Hockey with annual registration fee.
– Must attend and complete an officiating seminar administrated by USA Hockey.

 
Minor requirements:

– USA Hockey has no age restrictions for officiating. However in an effort to prevent people from registering and not being able to work due to labor laws they encourage to contact USA Hockey District Referee-in-Chief before registering. Generally, officials can successfully officiate as young as age ten years-old.
– If candidate is over 18 or older a background check will be needed. Minors will require the signature of a parent or guardian on the agreement between District/State Hockey Official.
– All officials should bring a notebook, a pen/pencil, whistle, skates, helmet, protective equipment.

 
Pass Marks:

– 90/100 (open book) & 40/50 (closed book).

 
Cost for Registration:

– $80.00 + applicable Affiliate Fee.

 

Level 4: U.S. Soccer Federation National Referee

 
Authorization/Recommendation:

– May officiate all levels of USA Hockey. In order to register as a Level 4 official, must have been a Level 3 official in the prior season and pass the skating exam at your seminar.

 
Major requirements:

– Completed Level 3 or 4 registration last season.
– Must register online with the USA Hockey with annual registration fee.
– Must pass skating exam and attend / complete a level 4 specific USA Hockey seminar each season.
– Must arrange to have an evaluation completed, while officiating a high level game, by atrained USA Hockey Evaluator at least once during the current calendar year.

 
Minor requirements:

– USA Hockey has no age restrictions for officiating. However in an effort to prevent people from registering and not being able to work due to labor laws they encourage to contact USA Hockey District Referee-in-Chief before registering. Generally, officials can successfully officiate as young as age ten years-old.
– If candidate is over 18 or older a background check will be needed. Minors will require the signature of a parent or guardian on the agreement between District/State Hockey Official.
– All officials should bring a notebook, a pen/pencil, whistle, skates, helmet, protective equipment.

 
Pass Marks:

– 90/100 (open book) & 40/50 (closed book).

 
Cost for Registration:

– $90.00 + applicable Affiliate Fee.

 

Some important Links

Requirements for officials:

http://www.usahockey.com/Template_Usahockey.aspx?NAV=OF_05&id=305620

Age and Officiating Levels for 3 official system:

http://www.usahockey.com/Assignment_Guidelines.aspx

Search and Locate Seminars for Officials:

http://www.usahockey.com/ViewAllSeminars.aspx

Search and Locate Clinics for Officials:

http://www.usahockey.com/coaches/coaching_clinics.aspx

Teaching Materials:

http://www.usahockey.com/officials/seminar_teaching_materials.aspx

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