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Summer Development Camp

OFFICIATING 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. Here is a brief synopsis of each of the camps.

Note: The USA Hockey District Referees-in-Chief have more information regarding each of the development camps. All interested officials that meet the criteria for participation should contact their District RIC. Applications must be submitted to the District RIC by the prescribed deadline.

"USA Hockey has instructors that are second-to-none. The ice sessions were challenging. The classroom sessions were informative. The environment was outstanding and allowed for development. Everything about this camp emphasized becoming a better official. There was no 'fluff' at all. Though it was a mental grind, I can confidently say that after leaving camp, I can go out and conquer the next level with what I've learned and implemented. Not only that, but I can share what I've learned and help others to reach their goals as well." - Michael (Hamburg, N.Y.)

"The other officials here were a blast. We all had a great time pushing each other on and off the ice  and joking around with each other during downtime. I made some great friends here that I hope to see again down the road during my officiating career." - Kyle (Richmond, Va.)

"USA Hockey Officiating Summer Camps offer three years of developmental content in less than a week. The opportunity to work a game, and get immediate feedback repeatedly is invaluable. The programs also offer campers an unusual amount of development time with top-level instructors." - Dan (Denver, Colo.)

FUTURES CAMPS

OBJECTIVE - This camp is a thoroughly educational review of the fundamentals of amateur ice hockey officiating. The Futures Camp establishes a practical understanding of the fundamentals of game management as recommended by the USA Hockey Officiating Program. These areas include positioning, skating fundamentals, rules knowledge, physical fitness, mental preparation, and setting goals. This camp is educational in nature and focuses on reinforcing basic techniques an official needs to manage all levels of amateur hockey.

PARTICIPANTS - These programs each host 12 -18 participants between the ages of (but not exclusive to) 18-28 years old. Applicants should have 2-3 years of overall experience (minimum) and some experience working 14 & Under hockey and higher. Furthermore, all participants should possess a desire to bring all information they learn back home to share with their local officiating community.

COST - $90.00 Registration Fee if selected to participate, plus travel to and from camp location. Housing, meals, facilities use, and classroom materials are provided by USA Hockey.


 

HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMP

OBJECTIVE – To advance the educational process of the amateur official who has successfully proven his proficiency with application of the fundamentals of ice hockey officiating as presented at the Futures Camp level. To review and refine the lessons learned at the Futures Camp as the participants attempt to advance to the higher levels of hockey. This camp is focused on the advanced techniques that officials must master to effectively manage hockey games at the highest levels (Tier I & II Junior, NCAA, & Professional), but in doing so re-emphasizing the need to master the fundamentals of officiating. Additional supporting areas of instruction will include power skating, nutrition, physical conditioning and mental preparedness.

PARTICIPANTS - This program hosts 18-24 participants who are between the ages of (but not exclusive to) 20-30 years old. All officials must be USA Hockey registered officials. Experience at the Tier III Junior or ACHA Collegiate level, or participating at NAPHL development events or USA Hockey National Tournaments is preferred (but not required).

COSTS - $90.00 Registration Fee if selected to participate, plus travel costs to and from the camp location. Housing, meals, facilities use, and classroom materials will be provided by USA Hockey.


 

PROGRAM OF MERIT

OBJECTIVE - To instruct those officials who work at the most advanced levels of competitive hockey (Tier I Junior, NCAA, & Professional). To provide participants with the opportunity to receive high levels of both individual and group instruction on college, international and professional mental-function and techniques, including both on and off-ice environments. This camp is focused on the advance techniques that officials must master to effectively manage hockey games at the highest levels.

PARTICIPANTS - All participants will be invited based on selections made by a committee comprised of top Tier I Junior, NCAA, and Professional officials.

COST - No registration fee required, and USA Hockey will subsidize portion of travel costs to camp location. Housing, meals, facilities use, and classroom materials will be provided by USA Hockey.



SLED HOCKEY FUTURES CAMP

OBJECTIVE - To instill a wealth of information regarding the playing rules and nuances of Sled Hockey that can be taken back to various regions by the participants and shared with officials at the local level.  To present the basic skills necessary to establish a foundation of officiating skills that will allow each participant to achieve success with officiating Sled Hockey games.  To identify those grassroots officials who have the necessary skills, attitude and desires to achieve this success.

PARTICIPANTS - This program will host six participants between the ages of (but not exclusive to) 18-36 years old. It is strongly recommended that applicants have prior experience working both Sled Hockey and competitive able-bodied hockey. Furthermore, all participants should possess a strong desire to bring all information they learn back home to share with their local officiating community.

COST - $90.00 Registration Fee if selected to participate, plus travel costs to and from the camp location. Housing, meals, facilities use, and classroom materials will be provided by USA Hockey.


2016 Summer Development Camp Schedule

Applications must be submitted to District Referee-in-Chief by application deadline.

Sled Hockey applications must forwarded to Disabled Hockey Referee-in-Chief by application deadline.

Applications are posted below in MS Word or .PDF format.

PROGRAM DATES LOCATION TARGET USAH DISTRICTS APPLICATION DEADLINE
Central Futures Camp June 11-16 Kent, OH MD, SE, NY, & CN Closed
Western Futures Camp June 18-23 Colorado Springs, CO RM, NP, PC, & AK Closed
Northern Futures Camp June 19-24 Sault Ste. Marie, MI MI, MN, & CN Closed
Eastern Futures Camp July 9-14 Ashburnham, MA MA, NE, AT, & NY Closed
Women's Futures Camp July 18-24 St. Cloud, MN All Districts Closed
Sled Hockey Futures Camp July 10-15 Buffalo, NY All Districts Closed
High Performance Camp July 8-14 Buffalo, NY All Districts Closed
Program of Merit June 24-30 Buffalo, NY All Districts Invite Only

2016 SUMMER DEVELOPMENT CAMP PARTICIPANTS

NORTHERN FUTURES CAMP
Lake Superior State University  -  Sault Ste. Marie, MI
STAFF
Kyle Larson (Camp Director) - West Liberty, IA
Neil Campbell - Aliso Viejo, CA
Lucas Martin - Stoughton, WI
Stephen Thomson - Canandaigua, NY
BJ Ringrose - Colorado Springs, CO


PARTICIPANTS
Nicholas Allen - Ada, MI
Kyle Barck - Dundas, MN
Matt Bleck - Lake Forest, IL
Trevor Bodary - Woodhaven, MI
Cody Clark - Sioux City, IA
Shawn Cornock - Marquette, MI
Dalton Fenske - Rice Lake, WI
Eric Ferguson - Tawas City, MI
Chad Fuller - Woodhaven, MI
Beau Hafemeyer - Woodbury, MN
Samuel Heidemann - Madison, WI
Pete Jenkin - Appleton, WI
Nicholas Klinkhammer - Albany, MN
Christopher Leary - Alexandria, MN
Dustin Miller - Valley City, ND
Logan Paquet - Grand Rapids, MI
Jacob Rekucki - Rockford, MI



EASTERN FUTURES CAMP 
Cushing Academy  -  Ashburnahm, MA
STAFF
John Miceli (Camp Director) - Catonsville, MD
Andrew Wilk - Camarillo, CA
Riley Bowles - Chattaroy, WA
BJ Ringrose - Colorado Springs, CO


PARTICIPANTS
John Collins - Dedham, MA
James Curtin - Westwood, MA
Dan Grimaudo - Estero, FL
Patrick Hanrahan - Hatfield, PA
Robert Lemnah - Lyndon Center, VT
Peirce Marston - Weehawken, NJ
Eric Michaels - Philadelphia, PA
Sean Perry - Kunkletown, PA
Dillon Scibelli - Forest Hills, NY
Gil Tichon - Rishon LeZion, ISR
Stephan Willet - Hampden, MA



WESTERN FUTURES CAMP
Colorado College  -  Colorado Springs, CO
STAFF
Ted Vaida (Camp Director) - Colorado Springs, CO
Andrew Dokken - Bemidji, MN
Chris Pitoscia - Edison, NJ
Ryan Szymanski - Sauk Rapids, MN
Matt Leaf - Colorado Springs, CO


PARTICIPANTS
Caleb Andrade - Fontana, CA
Murat Aygun - Erzurum, TUR
John Bedbury - Great Falls, MT
Zach Carson - Fargo, ND
Michael Cohen - Englewood, CO
Philip Dennie - Elkhorn, NE
Cory Erchul - Stillwater, MN
Benjamin Gunter - Denver, CO
Brett Hummel - Flower Mound, TX
Thomas Josephson - Matthews, NC
Cemal Ersin Kaya - Ankara, TUR
Brian Kimmins - Buffalo, NY
Eric McDonald - Bakersfield, CA
Steven Schoiber - Houston, TX
Joshua Smith - Yakima, WA
Michael Thell - Grand Forks, ND
Trent Williams - Duncanville, TX
Trevor Wohlford - Burbank, CA



CENTRAL FUTURES CAMP 
Kent State University  -  Kent, OH
STAFF
Ken Handley (Camp Director) - Cincinnati, OH
Jake Davis - Wyandotte, MI
Daniel Dreger - Denver, CO
William Hancock - Huntington Woods, MI
BJ Ringrose - Colorado Springs, CO


PARTICIPANTS
Connor Diffley - Milwaukee, WI
Neil Frederickson - Lake Elmo, MN
Robert Gavin - Cincinnati, OH
Logan Gruhl - N. Chesterfield, VA
Mitchell Hunt - Philadelphia, PA
Keith Imberger - Taos, NM
Cameron McCambridge - St. John, IN
Kilian McNamara - Lantana, FL
Kenneth Moniz - Charlotte, NC
Jake Muzik - McKees Rocks, PA
James Tobias - West Seneca, NY



WOMEN'S FUTURES CAMP 
St. Cloud State University  -  St. Cloud, MN
STAFF
Laura Rinde (Camp Director) - San Jose, CA
Michaela Frattarelli - Bristol, RI
Stacey Livingston - Glen Allen, VA
Matt Leaf - Colorado Springs, CO


PARTICIPANTS
Erika Greenen - Nashville, TN
Jenna Janshen - Miles City, MT
Julie Rising - Boise, ID
Heather Strickland - Anchorage, AK
Chelsea Ward - Mount Holly, NJ



SLED FUTURES CAMP 
University at Buffalo  -  Buffalo, NY
STAFF
Brad Roethlisberger - Green Bay, WI
Nicholas Bradshaw - White Bear Lake, MN
Gary Cutler - Buffalo, NY
Johnathan Morrison - St. Paul, MN


PARTICIPANTS
Ryan Bauman - San Diego, CA
Nathaniel Espenes - Waunakee, WI
Evonne Fix - Maplewood, MN
Garrett Gaydosh - Indiana, PA
Knute Schneider - Brentwood, TN
Matthew Zucker - Seal Beach, CA



HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMP
University at Buffalo  -  Buffalo, NY
STAFF
Bruce Geddes (Camp Director) - Loudonville, NY
Keith Kaval - Erie, PA
Charlie O'Connor - Riverview, FL
Patrick Richardson - Syracuse, NY
Matt Leaf - Colorado Springs, CO


PARTICIPANTS
Alec Almquist - Plymouth, MN
Daniel Barreca - Pittsford, NY
David Darcy - Randolph, NJ
Owen Doane - Gambrills, MD
Rhodes Dolan - Waterloo, IA
Cameron Fleming - Chesterfield, MO
Mattew Fox - Washington, DC
Bryon Guerin - Jackson, MI
Shane Gustafson - Lake in the Hills, IL
Beaudry Halkidis - Indian Trail, NC
Michael Menard - Hamburg, NY
Jarred Mitrano - Haverhill, MA
Andrew Rasky - Ann Arbor, MI
Ryan Townsend - Las Vegas, NV
Anthony Vikhter - Morton Grove, IL
Brian Wasilewski - Cheektowaga, NY
Logan Wetekamp - Royal Oak, MI



PROGRAM OF MERIT
University at Buffalo  -  Buffalo, NY
STAFF
Steve Tatro (Camp Director) - Two Harbors, MN
Brian Murphy - Dover, NH
Greg Kimmerly - Thornton, ONT
Dennis Larue - Spokane, WA
Andy McElman - Algonquin, IL
Bryan Pancich - Lebanon, IL
Brian Pochmara - Clinton Township, MI


PARTICIPANTS
Nick Briganti - Newington, CT
Erik Contino
 - Castle Pines, CO
Michael Fusani - Depew, NY
Walker Holton - Orlando, FL
Michael Houle - Marquette, MI
Sean MacFarlane - Otis Orchards, WA
Tyler Loftus - Duryea, PA
Jeffrey Parker - Londonderry, NH
Dylan Peper - Arvada, CO
Peter Schlittenhardt - Piscataway, NJ
Jonathan Sladek - Naperville, IL
John Waleski - Avoca, PA
Chris Waterstradt - Tulsa, OK
Michael Zalcman - Glastonbury, CT