Important Information for IHOA Officials for the 2020-21 Season


By Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar

With government restrictions in place, we are finding ourselves with extra time. What a great opportunity to catch up on completing your required USA Hockey officiating credentials. When restrictions are lifted, and life goes back to normal, our activities will rapidly ramp up, we will all find ourselves scrambling to get long overdue tasks completed.

The 2020/21 USA Hockey and IHOA officiating registration is will be opening soon, however the SafeSport and the NEW USA Hockey Screening requirements need to be done.

SafeSport Requirements

Anyone turning 18 years of age prior to June 1, 2020 is required to complete the National Background/Safesport training. Anyone born in 2003 or earlier MUST complete SafeSport training.

Remember those procrastinators from last year? Do not let that happen again. Please complete your SafeSport Training now.

The SafeSport Training and Refresher Training are each valid for one (1) season beginning on 4/1/20.

As of January 1, 2018, all relevant individuals who need to be SafeSport certified or are seeking recertification will need to complete the new SafeSport training, which features updated content.

Once you have completed the Core SafeSport Course, there will be a Refresher Course available for individuals who have previously completed the core SafeSport course and need to recertify. Users completing the SafeSport refresher course will be certified for an additional season.

NOTE: you will need your own USA Hockey Referee Number and your own email address to access the training.  You can locate your status at by accessing your profile under the officials tab.

If an official has not completed SafeSport training, they cannot officiate any USA Hockey game. Information about the USA Hockey SafeSport Program can be found by clicking here.

Please check your status, do not take anything for granted!!!

The program is free of charge and what better time than NOW for coaches and players to get this done?

Online Screening Process

In order to comply with new requirements from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), USA Hockey will be implementing a national level background screening program. This program will replace all USAH Affiliate coordinated background screen programs.

Why must officials be screened?

Per USA Hockey and USOPC policy, all coaches, officials, board members, employees, volunteers, billets and anyone else who will have regular contact with, or authority over, minor athletes are required to submit a background screen before any contact with minor athletes.

Who is required to be screened?

Officials who are 18 years-old (or older) PRIOR to June 1. 2020.

Any official, 18 years-old (or older) without a completed valid background screen (national or USAH Affiliate coordinated) after April 1, 2019.

All national background screens are valid for two seasons, starting on June 1, 2020 a national background screen must be completed and in good standing before receiving an officiating card and crest.

NOTE: If you were screened after April 1, 2019 for the 2019-20 season, your screen is valid for the 2020-21 season, and you will not need to be screened under the new system until prior to the 2021-22 season. If your most recent screen is from prior to April 1, 2019, you will need to be screened under the new system, after April 1, 2020, in order to participate in the upcoming season.

How can members complete their required background screen?

A link to submit for screening will be included in your membership registration confirmation email and posted in the drop-down menu under the OFFICIALS tab at

Background screens through NCSI under the national program will cost $30 for all domestic screens. For international screens (members who have lived outside of the U.S. for six consecutive months in any one county during the past 7 years) the flat rate fee is $150. If that country is solely Canada, the flat rate fee is $75.

Please stay well, stay safe and strong.

If you have questions about SafeSport, Screening or registration requirements, please do not hesitate to contact me, Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar at

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