At USA Hockey, we strongly believe loyalty should be rewarded, especially those who have worked so hard and so attentively in our USA Hockey officiating program. It’s why we are excited to announce and implement our new Tenured Official Program.
Through the program, we will recognize those officials who are committed to being the best hockey official they can be. We will use incentives that encourage officials to view officiating with USA Hockey as a desirable long-term commitment. The first group of tenured officials will be established during the 2019-20 season after attendance at our first-ever Advanced Officiating Symposium, scheduled for July 26-28, 2019, in Minneapolis.
Officials who have registered as either a Level 3 or Level 4 for the past three seasons (including 2018-19) will be eligible to attend the symposium and will become our first class of tenured officials. Officials who are Level 3 for the 2018-19 season and obtain tenured status would be considered Level 3 tenured while those who were complete at Level 4 would be considered Level 4 tenured officials. An official who has obtained Level 3 tenured status may advance to Level 4 tenured status by successfully completing all Level 4 requirements for one season.
Level 3 or 4 tenured status will remain as long as the official continues to register with USA Hockey as an official each season. USA Hockey’s national tournament eligibility and assignment guidelines would apply to tenured officials as they do to normal registration levels.
Officials applying for tenured status will be required to attend a USA Hockey Advanced Officiating Symposium. There will be one such symposium conducted each season with locations rotating around the country. The symposium will start Friday afternoon and run through Sunday morning and will include guest speakers from the NHL, IIHF, NCAA, and other facets of sports officiating relevant to the game of hockey.
The primary objectives of the symposium will be to:
Provide advanced-level education.
Instill a sense of pride in belonging to USA Hockey.
Foster local leadership and the sharing of resources by our most dedicated group of grassroots officials in an effort to promote a positive hockey environment at the local level.
Use the opportunity to celebrate the best that USA Hockey has to offer and the art of officiating.
Officials applying for the Advanced Officiating Symposium are responsible for symposium fee, travel and accommodations.
Tenured official annual registration requirements
Once Tenured Official status is earned, the official will receive a substantial reduction in annual Membership Registration requirements. The required steps will be:
Submit USA Hockey officiating application and fee.
Complete open-book exam.
Fulfill SafeSport and screening requirements.
Complete abbreviated online seminar curriculum specific for tenured officials.
Complete any local/affiliate officiating requirements.
Level 3 or 4 tenured status will remain as long as the official continues to register with USA Hockey as an official each season.
Information on the Tenured Official Program and USA Hockey Advanced Officiating Symposium can be found on the Tenured Officials page of USAHockey.com. Registration for the first symposium will open in the coming weeks. Space may be limited, so take advantage of the early registration special for a discounted fee.
We look forward to your participation in this exciting new program and also to seeing you at the 2019 USA Hockey Advanced Officiating Symposium.