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!
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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.