Fourteen USA Hockey Officials from various districts were selected to participate at the USA Hockey Pond Hockey Nationals on Dollar Lake in Eagle River, WI on February 8-10, 2013. The Pond Hockey Nationals program offers officials the opportunity to work a national championship tournament for ice hockey in its alternative (some would say purest) form. The officials are selected by District Referees-in-Chief each season.
|John Annis||Merrill, WI|
|Bob Cunningham||Maryville, IL|
|Shane Dillon||Suamico, WI|
|Butch Glesner||Duluth, MN|
|Jon Haas||Madison, WI|
|Randy Hantz||Duluth, MN|
|Jerry Hill||Duluth, MN|
|Emil Makinen||Deer River, MN|
|Cory Oestreich||Duluth, MN|
|Joel Omundson||Duluth, MN|
|James Scully||Little Rock, AR|
|Dave Shaneman||Mechanicsburg, IL|
|Steve Tatro||Two Harbors, MN|
|Jim Thole||Duluth, MN|
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!
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