MIHOA Development & Education Coordinator
Late summer and early fall marks the beginning of another hockey season. Hockey zebras from Minnesota to Massachusetts, Ohio to Oregon, and Connecticut to Colorado are in the process of renewing their USA Hockey officiating membership or taking the plunge for the first time. Things are no different in Missouri. The Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Association has a jam-packed schedule of certification seminars that includes 13 sessions in nine weeks from mid-August to mid-October.
The first MIHOA seminar on August 19 involved officials striving for USA Hockey’s highest officiating certification, Level 4. The day began with the officials lacing up their skates at Brentwood Ice Arena for USA Hockey’s Level 4 skating exam. The exam, which is graded by veteran USA Hockey officials, features a variety of skating drills designed to gauge an official’s acceleration, stopping, balance, control turns, speed, agility and more. The “total package” drill, as executed below by 16-year-old Clayton Liefeld, combines all the elements.
The final element of the on-ice session is a fitness drill where officials must demonstrate their acceleration, speed and agility in a timed exercise. Completing the drill within the allotted time results in bonus points toward the participant’s overall grade. Veteran MIHOA member and former junior and minor pro official, John Fitzgerald, successfully completes the drill.
After a short break, attendees participated in an interactive classroom session featuring higher-level discussions about judgement, the 4-official system, communication with coaches & players, and more. Next, a special guest speaker, John Burroughs School Athletic Director Peter Tasker, delivered a powerful message about injuries in high school sports, and what officials can do to ensure that hockey games are played in a safe and fair environment.
The conclusion of the Level 4 seminar featured a 50-question USA Hockey Officiating closed book exam. Officials must demonstrate their rule knowledge in order to receive their certification by answering questions like this one. Do you think you know the correct answer?
A penalized player sustains an injury requiring him/her to leave the ice and get treatment. He/She is replaced on the penalty bench by another player. The injured player returns to play with time still left on his/her penalty and scores a goal. The referee should:
a. Allow the goal, assess no additional penalty and have the player serve the remainder of his/her own penalty.
b. Allow the goal and assess a bench minor.
c. Disallow the goal, assess no additional penalty and have the player serve the remainder of his/her own penalty.
d. Disallow the goal and assess a minor penalty to the player.
e. Disallow the goal and assess a bench minor penalty.
As MIHOA’s seminar season continues, 400+ returning and new officials will participate in the USA Hockey curriculum and on-ice sessions in order to prepare for the busy hockey season ahead. MIHOA assigns officials to more than 7,000 youth, high school, AAA, college and adult games each season, and its officials are excited for the season ahead.
Interested in becoming a hockey official? Learn about the certification process and register for an upcoming seminar now.
MIHOA is excited to announce that it is partnering with the St. Louis Lady Cyclones to host a GIRLS TRY REFFING FOR FREE session. This event, which will be exclusively open to girls and women, is for players, coaches, parents and others who may be interested in becoming a hockey official. The event will include presentations covering basic officiating information followed by an on-ice clinic and a chance to skate as an official in a controlled scrimmage.
Who Should Attend:
The event is open to female-only players, coaches, parents and other individuals who may be interested in becoming an ice hockey official.
NOTE: MIHOA requires officials to be at least 13 years old by August 1 of the registration season (i.e. 13 years old by August 1, 2018 for the 2018-19 season).
Saturday, June 2, 2018
St. Louis iceZone
5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd.
Hazelwood, MO 63042
9:45 AM – Arrival & Check-in
10:00 AM – Welcome & Presentations
11:20 AM – On-ice Clinic
11:50 AM – On-ice Game Situations (controlled scrimmage)
12:50 PM – Close
There is no fee to attend the event. However, we request that you RSVP by CLICKING HERE no later than June 1, 2018. The event will be limited to a maximum of 30 attendees.
All participants taking part in the on-ice session are required to have their own skates, warm-up pants & jacket, and a helmet with either a half-visor or full shield attached. A limited number of helmet/visor sets will be available to borrow on the day of the event. Full officiating equipment is not required. Bring a whistle if you have one.
For questions, contact MIHOA Development & Education Coordinator Andy Hudson at ahudson@mihoa..com or 314-803-3141.
MIHOA will be hosting a TRY REFFING FOR FREE session for people who may be interested in becoming a hockey official. The event will include three short classroom sessions covering basic officiating information followed by an on-ice session and a chance to skate as an official in a controlled game-situation setting. This event is held in cooperation with the Winterland Ice Hockey.
Who Should Attend:
The event is open to coaches, players, parents and other individuals who may be interested in becoming an ice hockey official. Note: MIHOA requires officials to be at least 13 years old by August 1 of the registration season (i.e. 13 years old by August 1, 2018 for the 2018-19 season).
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Webster Groves Ice Arena
33 E Glendale Rd
Webster Groves, MO 63119
1:45 PM – Arrival & Check-in
2:00 PM – Welcome & Classroom Sessions
3:15 PM – On-ice Officiating Drills
3:45 PM – On-ice Game Situations (controlled scrimmage)
5:00 PM – Close
- Learn what it is like to be a referee
- Benefits of officiating
- Understanding the registration & certification process to become a USA Hockey on-ice official
- General info about 2018-19 USA Hockey Seminars
- MIHOA Equipment Loan Program
- Opportunities in officiating
- McKenna Scholarship Foundation
- Socialize with MIHOA members
- Q & A
There is no fee to attend the event. However, we request that you RSVP by CLICKING HERE no later than May 2, 2018 at Noon. The event will be limited to a maximum of 30 attendees.
All participants taking part in the on-ice session are required to have their own skates, warm-up pants & jacket and a helmet with either a half-visor or full shield attached. A limited number of helmet/visor sets will be available to borrow on the day of the event. Full officiating equipment is not required. Bring a whistle if you have one.
For questions, contact MIHOA Development & Education Coordinator Andy Hudson at email@example.com or 314-803-3141.
The fifth annual MIHOA Summer Development Program will take place July 9-15 at various St. Louis rinks. This program, held in partnership with the Winterland Ice Hockey Friendship Games, is a weekend of structured development, education and coaching of our newer and younger officials.
This program is an excellent opportunity to officiate several games in a short period of time, to receive feedback and coaching from experienced MIHOA supervisors, and to get prepared for the 2018-19 ice hockey season.
In partnership with the Winterland Ice Hockey friendship games, a weekend of structured development, education and coaching of USA Hockey officials who officiate games with MIHOA.
Officials – Young MIHOA officials who are certified as level 1, level 2 and level 3 during the 2017-18 season. Program is open to teenage and young-adult officials, in the target age group (but not exclusive of), ages 13-30.
Supervisors– experienced MIHOA supervisors and veteran officials who will provide pre-game tips, shadow officials on the ice, provide in-game coaching during stoppages and intermissions, and postgame feedback.
July 9-15, 2018. Majority of the games held on Friday evening, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday. Additional games scheduled earlier in the week.
Main location - Webster Groves Ice Arena. Additional games to be held and Kirkwood, Brentwood and Creve Coeur rinks.
To submit an application, CLICK HERE.
PLEASE NOTE: preference will be given to officials who are able to commit to the entire weekend. Preference will also be given to officials who have not yet participated in our Summer Development Program.
If you have any questions, please contact Andy Hudson.
Thank you for your dedication to officiating and we look forward to receiving your application!
Jefferson City Friendship Games
NEW IN 2018, the Winterland Ice Hockey Program will be conducting friendship game weekends at the Washington Park Ice Arena in Jefferson City.
During these games, a similar officiating development program will be conducted by MIHOA, focusing on the continued training and education of local Jefferson City officials, select officials from the St. Louis Metro, and officials who travel in town with their teams.
If you are interested in being considered as an official for these games in Jefferson City, please submit an application by CLICKING HERE.
There are a variety of opportunities each summer to improve your skating, rule knowledge, on-ice presence, and officiating abilities. Here are some popular summer camps and programs, with links to learn more information.
MIHOA Summer Development Program
The fifth annual MIHOA Summer Development Program will take place July 9-15 at various St. Louis rinks. This program, held in partnership with the Winterland Ice Hockey Friendship Games, is a weekend of structured development, education and coaching of our newer and younger officials. It is an excellent opportunity to officiate several games in a short period of time, to receive feedback and coaching from experienced MIHOA supervisors, and to get prepared for the 2018-19 ice hockey season. NEW IN 2018, the Winterland Ice Hockey Program will also be conducting friendship game weekends at the Washington Park Ice Arena in Jefferson City. Click here for more information on how to apply for consideration for this local development program.
Central District Officiating Camp
Held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, from June 17-22, 2018, the Central District Officiating Camp is the first step in the ladder for officials from the Central District who are interested in pursuing the USA Hockey Officiating Development program. This invitation-only camp is limited to ages 17-30 and includes classroom sessions, on-ice instruction, fitness assessment, and live-game officiating. Participants are selected based on their officiating ability, personal character, conduct, school record, and ambitions. Eligible officials will receive application information by email, or contact Bob Cunningham for details.
USA Hockey Summer Development Camps
Each summer, the development of young officials continues at the USA Hockey Officiating Development Camps. These camps are used to identify and prepare officials for junior, collegiate, and professional competition, and provide all participants with the fundamental skills needed to return home to their grassroots hockey community and be the best amateur hockey officials they can become. Many of the top officials in the United States have progressed through the various summer development camps, and USA Hockey recruits the top instructors available from professional and collegiate leagues to educate and evaluate the participants in all aspects of officiating. Learn more.
Don Koharski’s Officiating and Development Camps
The development of officials is taken very seriously at Don Koharski’s camps and for that reason they are committed to continually improve their on-ice and classroom sessions. Staff consists of the very best of amateur and professional officials who share their experiences both on and off the ice and work hard to provide campers with the very best of on-ice instruction. Don Koharski takes great pride in providing students interactive classroom sessions which can be put into practice on the ice. A new Elite Showcase Camp has been scheduled for June 11-14, 2018, in Nashville. Learn more.
Pittsburgh Elite Officiating Camps
Since 2012, The Pittsburgh Elite Officiating Camps have assisted in the development of aspiring ice hockey officials from throughout the United States and Canada. The Pittsburgh Elite Officiating Camps instruct a wide-range of ice hockey officiating skills from the most basic foundations to the most advanced techniques. The skills and topics presented in all of our programs are necessary for all officials to establish a foundation that will allow them to achieve success at any level of ice hockey officiating. Learn more.
California Referee School
Since 1987, Michel Voyer has directed the best and most well-known annual instructional camp for ice hockey officials in North America. The camp has sent over 300 graduates on to officiating careers in minor and professional hockey. The camp is open for all officials, from beginners who want to break into the game amateur level to experienced officials who want to keep their game at the highest possible level. This is the school of opportunities, attracting junior and professional supervisors looking to hire new recruits, it will give you the best exposure that you deserve. Learn more.
Officials should research camps thoroughly before registering, and should attend camps that will help them reach their goals. If you have questions about which camp is right for you, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appreciation Event Scheduled for Saturday, April 28 at Kirkwood Ice Arena
All MIHOA officials, youth-aged members, parents, siblings and friends are invited to attend. Event will include a fun pickup hockey game, food & drink, a special guest speaker, raffle for officiating gear/merchandise, and a presentation of certificates and awards for our young officials.
SCHEDULE - APRIL 28, 2018
3:15 PM -- Arrivals & check-in
3:45 PM -- No-check pickup hockey game**
5:00 PM -- Catered meal
5:30 PM – Special guest speaker, presentation of certificates & awards
**The following minimum equipment is required to skate during the pickup game: skates, shin guards, elbow pads, gloves, helmet with facemask. Full facemask required for all players under 18. Half-visor required for all other players.
All youth aged officials in attendance will be honored and recognized. Additionally, we will announce the Outstanding Young Official award winners, a special recognition for our young members who demonstrate commitment, positive character, work ethic and dedication.
All attendees of the Appreciation Event will be entered to win variety of items.
Members of the St. Louis Blues Alumni will be in attendance to skate in the pickup game and to share stories about their careers as professional hockey players.
There is no fee for MIHOA members who are 18 & Under, but registration is required. Tickets for guests (parents, siblings, friends) and adult MIHOA members are $10 per person. To RSVP and purchase tickets, CLICK HERE. The deadline to purchase is April 25.
The Blue Note Cup Missouri Youth Hockey Championships get underway on February 22. Playoff games will be held at the Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget levels, with games taking place throughout the Greater St. Louis Metro. Here are some important notes and reminders for all officials who may be considered for these youth division playoff assignments.
These players and coaches have worked hard all year to get to this point. Please make sure that we raise our effort, hustle and communication to provide the best officiating that these games deserve.
Thank you and best of luck to all of you during the upcoming Youth Division playoffs!
2018 Blue Note Cup home
2018 Blue Note Cup rules
2018 Blue Note Cup championship game schedule
High school playoffs for Mississippi Valley and Mid States varsity begin the weekend of February 2. Here are some important notes and reminders for all officials who may be considered for high school playoff assignments.
2017-18 Mid States Playoff Rules (Varsity & JV)
2017-18 Mississippi Valley Playoff Rules (Varsity)
2017-18 Mississippi Valley Playoff Rules (JV)
Playoff hockey involves high energy, emotional players, coaches & spectators, and lots of excitement. Make sure you are physically and mentally prepared for all of your assignments and come to the rink ready to work hard.
Thank you and best of luck to everyone this playoff season!
The St. Louis Blues for Kids Foundation has generously awarded MIHOA a grant to be used to offset the initial expense of becoming an ice hockey official. Based on the terms of the grant, this opportunity is only available for Level 1 and Level 2 youth-aged (13-18 years old) ice hockey officials who are members of MIHOA.
Officials who would like to have their seminar registration reimbursed, must meet ALL of the following guidelines:
Provided an official meets all of the above guidelines, his/her 2017-18 seminar registration fee will be reimbursed during the next available payroll.
CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE FORM TO REQUEST REIMBURSEMENT
NOTE: a limited number of officials will be issued seminar reimbursement during the 2017-18 season. Reimbursements will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis until the pool of funds is depleted.
As part of MIHOA’s efforts to continue to improve member education, the Development & Education team will be conducting a Coaches Panel during MIHOA’s January membership meeting. The panel will take place at 7:00 PM on January 3, 2018, at Creve Coeur Ice Arena. Hockey coaches from various levels of youth, high school, AAA, collegiate and pro levels have been invited to serve as panelist.
The panel discussion will provide MIHOA members with observations on officiating from the perspective of coaches. Topics that will be discussed include:
Please join us for this special program. Thank you!
The Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Association will be hosting a mid-season seminar for new Level 1 officials and returning officials who would like to remain at Level 1. The seminar will take place on Saturday, January 6 at the McKendree Metro RecPlex in O'Fallon, IL. This will be the last MIHOA seminar of the season and, as such, the last opportunity to become certified as an official for the 2017-18 season. To be eligible to attend this seminar, you must be at least 12 years old by September 1, 2017.
For details and registration information, click here.
The next MIHOA membership meeting is October 24 at 7:00 PM at Creve Coeur Ice Arena. Membership meetings include important association news, updates from the MIHOA board of directors, information from Vice Presidents/assigners and more.
Immediately after the membership meeting, the Development & Education team will be leading a special 30-minute session on how to get the most out of our OSWEB scheduling site. Topics will include: Rink Selections, Date Requests, Search for Games, Email/Text Alerts and more. Learn how to maximize your availability, allowing MIHOA assigners the best opportunity to schedule you for games. Please arrive no later than 7:45 PM, however you are strongly encouraged to attend the membership meeting immediately prior to the session.
If you will be attending this session, please submit this short form to RSVP.
MIHOA would like to recognize the officials selected for its Advanced Development Program for the 2017-2018 season: Caden Broadhead, Matthias Chernitsky, Logan Drolet, Josh Horowitz, Kollin Knapp, Patrick Koenig, Nick Sadorf, Vaughn Upton and Ian Veizer.
The program, which is part of MIHOA’s Development & Education efforts, includes exposure to advanced officiating opportunities, regular game supervisions/evaluations, on-ice clinics, classroom sessions, participation in association meetings and giving back to the association.
Two ADP Futures Events will be held during the season where participants will officiate several games at the AA, Central States and AAA levels along with Development & Education staff and other veteran officials. These games will also be opportunities to challenge the officials at some of the highest levels of amateur hockey in the St. Louis area.
Participants will also be considered for local, regional and national tournaments, post-season assignments at the youth and high school levels, Missouri Hockey national qualifier games, Central District Championships, USA Hockey National Championships and the America’s Showcase High School event hosted by Mid States.
Congratulations to the officials selected for this program!
During the 2017-18 season, the MIHOA Board of Directors, with full support from Missouri Hockey, is taking a strict stance on unsportsmanlike behavior and is reemphasizing USA Hockey's Zero Tolerance Policy for all games officiated by its members. According to MIHOA President Bob Howenstein:
"Hockey is a passionate and emotional sport for players, coaches and spectators. However, when actions become argumentative, abusive and disruptive, this has a negative impact on the entire atmosphere in the rink. During our officiating seminars, our members have been instructed to take a strict stance on unsportsmanlike conduct and to apply the zero tolerance policy right away. Penalties to players and coaches will be assessed immediately, according to the rules. The minor or bench minor penalty will serve as the warning, and an additional misconduct and/or game misconduct will be issued should behavior continue. Parents and spectators displaying inappropriate and disruptive behavior will be removed from the playing area and may be subject to further disciplinary action by Missouri Hockey. Together, we can create a cooperative and positive environment for everyone involved."
To view the USA Hockey Zero Tolerance policy, click here.
MIHOA Members should plan on attending our monthly membership meetings. Membership meetings include important association announcements, updates and special programs (presentations, speakers, special guests, etc.). All meetings take place at Creve Coeur Ice Arena.
**Annual meeting and elections.
The Hockey Ref Shop is offering special discounts for MIHOA members. To view the special, download this flyer. Hockey Ref Shop carries officiating sweaters, pants, protective equipment, accessories and more.
HockeyRefShop.com was founded to give referees a better experience with their equipment. We pride ourselves on having the best prices on the internet and taking great care of our customers. All orders are shipped fast and with care.
The MIHOA Development & Education Program recently created its Advanced Development Program. The program is used to identify MIHOA officials who are ready to be challenged and to promote our members to higher-level officiating opportunities. Four MIHOA members are in Des Moines, Iowa this weekend officiating the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League U16 & U18 AAA Showcase involving some of the top-ranked teams in the country. It is very fulfilling to see MIHOA's efforts paying off at the local, regional and national level and we are excited to watch these young men continue to grow in their careers as hockey officials.
A benefit will be held for coach Mike Colombo to help with medical bills and his fight to beat cancer. Download this flyer for information.
We have received a few responses for volunteering and attending the mouse race event on Friday, September 22 and could certainly use more! Please check your calendars and come support a few of our younger officials and their father, Officer Mike Colombo. Please contact fellow official, Nick Sadorf. at (314) 401-0444 to register yourself that night as a volunteer.
Below is an image for T-shirts that they are making to commemorate Mike. They are $20 and the funds go directly to helping with Mike’s medical expenses.
To order a T-shirt, please e-mail your name, telephone number, and T-shirt size to Nick Sadorf.
The Four-official system is gaining more popularity at the higher levels of amateur, collegiate and professional hockey. Here are some resources to help MIHOA officials learn about the 4-official system.
USA Hockey Four-Official System Positioning & Mechanics Manual
Includes basic information, diagrams, descriptions and notes. To download the manual, click here.
NHL 4-Official System video
Produce by the NHL, an excellent review of positioning, mechanics, field of view during live NHL game clips.
NCAA 4-Official Guidelines
The NCAA rule book includes diagrams and descriptions of the 4-official system beginning on page 128. To download the NCAA rule book, click here.
Over the past few weeks, there have been some questions asked pertaining to some of the new rules. In an effort to answer those questions consistently and to provide our membership with the most current rules information we have assembled a FAQ memo.
Please review this information and distribute it immediately to all of your seminar instructional staffs so they are able to correctly answer these questions. Also, if you have other ways to distribute this information (i.e. newsletters, websites, etc.) please feel free to do so.
If you have any other related questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Two of our members, CJ Luetkemeyer and Kollin Knapp, recently attended the USA Hockey Officiating Program Futures Camp in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It's great to see our young members' commitment to their education and development. MIHOA continues its tradition of producing quality ice hockey officials at the local, regional and national level.
Dear MIHOA Members:
MIHOA attended the USA Hockey Annual Congress this past week alongside Missouri Hockey and the Missouri Amateur Ice Hockey Youth division representatives. Being a rule change year, the various group discussions centered on the many proposals that were put in front of the membership for ratification. While I do not have the entire summary available, here are three prominent rules that the USA Hockey Board of Directors approved for implementation:
The key reasons discussed to approve this change focused on puck possession and the development aspect of making plays. Also, many felt that allowing a team to ice the puck rewarded a team that was just penalized for an infraction.
This rule received almost unanimous approval due to the simplicity of managing the game.
This language change allows for a wider variety of poor behavior to be penalized with a game misconduct where racial/ethnic slur was more specific.
MIHOA seminar instructors will be working with USA Hockey to incorporate these and any other rule changes into the fall seminar curriculum. We will also be reaching out to the coaches to schedule time in their seminars to discuss our Zero Tolerance Initiative along with information regarding these new rules.
Lastly, due to the loss of Hardee’s Iceplex, we have been working diligently to establish our seminar dates and locations. Please visit the MIHOA website as this information has been posted and you are now able to plan ahead.
I sincerely hope your summer is an enjoyable one.