By Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar
This is an update, with the understanding that some of the information is still tentative and subject to change based on unknowns and uncertainties.
This portion of seminars will be conducted virtually. Length of virtual classroom for Levels 2, 3 and 4 will be approximately 3 hours, conducted in one session. Length of virtual classroom for Level 1 will be approximately 6 hours, broken into two parts. Virtual classroom instruction will be held on two consecutive weekday evenings prior to ice times.
REGISTRATION FOR VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
IHOA members (and potential members) will register for the virtual classroom portion of seminars via the USA Hockey website. Virtual classroom sessions that are conducted by IHOA are scheduled to be posted sometime before August 1. There will be zero fee to register for virtual classrooms via USA Hockey.
LOCAL SEMINAR REGISTRATION
For the 2020-21 season, the IHOA Board has reduced the IHOA membership fee to $25. This fee is implemented to defray the expenses of conducting the online virtual classrooms, ice sessions, and other related expenses. When you register with IHOA you must select the same seminar as you did in the USA Hockey site.
Per IHOA and the USA Hockey Local Supervisor, A mandatory on-ice clinic will be conducted prior to on-ice. Clinic will cover basic mechanics, positioning and local topics. There will be NO on-ice clinics for levels 2, 3 & 4.
REGISTRATION FOR SKATING INSTRUCTION
A separate registration process will be held for on-ice instruction. This will allow us to limit attendance and ensure that we are following state, county, local and rink safety guidelines. You will need to register with IHOA and select the seminar as you did in the USA Hockey site.
USA Hockey online training modules will continue in the same manner as years past.
OPEN BOOK EXAMS
USA Hockey open book exams will continue in the same manner as years past.
CLOSED BOOK EXAMS
All exams that were formerly closed-book (Levels 2, 3, 4) will be conducted online for the coming season via a website managed by USA Hockey. After your attendance in a virtual seminar you will have seven days to start the test. The test will be limited to three hours and you will not be able to log out. Please use your time efficiently as you will have only one attempt.
WHAT TO EXPECT
In the coming days and weeks, returning members should look for email(s) from IHOA.
WHAT YOU CAN BE DOING NOW
In anticipation of the registration opening for seminars, here are some things you can be doing now:
- Register as a member of USA Hockey. Required every season for officials of all levels.
- Complete your USA Hockey SafeSport training. Required for all officials born in 2003 (or earlier) by June 1 of the current year.
- NEW. Complete USA Hockey’s new background screening. Required for officials who are 18 years-old (or older) by June 1 of the current year. This replaces the AHAI background screening from years past.
- Start your USA Hockey online education modules. Required for all levels.
- Take your USA Hockey officiating open book exam. Required for all levels.
To view details and links for all of the above steps, go to https://www.usahockey.com/officialsmembership.
The IHOA Board, our AHAI Supervisor of Officials, and Seminar Committee are working hard to execute all of the above in an organized and understandable manner. IHOA leaders are making decisions they feel are in the best interest of our members in this unsettled time.