Have you ever thought about becoming an ice hockey official? Have you ever thought about participating in the fastest paced, most exciting game on earth AND officiating the game at the same time? And come to think of it, did you know that officials GET PAID to officiate?
Well, congratulations. We are happy to have you! AND the Illinois Hockey Officials’ Association (IHOA) just made it easier for you to start your officiating career by adding a level 1 officiating seminar on October 7, 2017, at the Leafs Ice Center in West Dundee, Illinois.
I am sure you are wondering what you have to do to become a referee. Hopefully, this article will provide you with some insight into the registration process.
IHOA conducts all aspects of officials’ registration, instruction, curriculum, training, evaluation, supervision and mentoring. From the beginning of an Illinois ice hockey official’s career to the end of their career and everywhere in between, IHOA plays a vital role in the entire process.
So what is the FIRST step to become an official? Simply put, you should have the desire to participate in perhaps greatest sport known to man. You will be challenged physically and mentally as an official.
The SECOND step is to head to the IHOA website (www.ihoa.com) and click on the “seminar information” link on the left hand column. From there, simply follow the prompts and register for the level 1 seminar on October 7.
As a level 1 official, you will need to bring your skates, helmet (without a cage but WITH a properly affixed visor), elbow pads and good cheer to the seminar. Once at the seminar, the IHOA instructors will take it from there and teach you how to officiate an ice hockey game.
In addition to the IHOA registration, all officials must register with USA Hockey. Even if you already registered with USA Hockey as a player or coach, you must register again as an official. For more information regarding the requirements of USA Hockey, head to their website at www.usahockey.com.
I hope to see you new officials at the October 7 seminar. In the meantime, have a great and safe summer!
Michael B. Barrett
IL Ref-in-Chief/Supv. Of Officials