USA Hockey announced today that Rachel Schwartz (Ridgefield, Conn.) has been named social media and digital content coordinator.
Schwartz, who most recently served as a digital producer with NBC Olympics for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, will be responsible for social and digital media-related campaigns and strategies in support of USA Hockey initiatives and programs.
Prior to joining NBC Olympics, Schwartz served as a production assistant for the National Basketball Association’s Utah Jazz, as well as a communications intern for NY1 News and SportsNet New York, where she was responsible for coverage of New York City-area professional sports teams.
A 2013 graduate of Brigham Young University, Schwartz has also spent time as a sideline reporter for BYUtv covering various Division I NCAA sports.
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!