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Each spring, the USA Hockey District Referees-in-Chief send their top prospective seminar instructors to the Seminar Instructor Training Programs. These programs are operated regionally at United States Olympic Committee Training Centers.

Applications for this program can be received from your District Referee-in-Chief, and must be submitted to the District RIC by the prescribed deadlines. When selected to attend, participants will recieve an invitation by March 31st.

Upon arrival at the four-day program, each participant will be presented with an Instructor Handbook containing all topic guidelines, on-ice drills, and other material necessary to conduct a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar. Furthermore, the staff will lecture and demonstrate the basic fundamentals of being an educaor.

Topics include,

  • Public Speaking
  • Classroom Management
  • Audio & Visual Aids
  • Conducting On-ice Drills

Each participant will create and present two seminar topics in a simulated classroom setting which will be video recorded and critiqued by staff and peers in an effort to improve the skills they learn during classroom sessions. The goal of the weekend is to develop instructors in a similar fashion as we develop officials during our various officiating education programs.

By the end of the weekend, each participant will return home with fresh knowledge, an inspired attitude, and a new appreciation towards the hard work and dedication it takes to schedule and operate local seminars. With further development, these new instructors will bring new energy and ideas into the classroom and help train USA Hockey Officials for the upcoming seasons.

For further information about this program, please contact your District Referee-in-Chief.


Eastern Instructor Training U.S. Olympic Training Center - Lake Placid, NY April 21 - 24, 2016
Western Instructor Training U.S. Olympic Training Center - Colorado Springs, CO April 21 - 24, 2016


U.S. Olympic Training Center - Colorado Springs, CO
April 16-19, 2015

Erin Blair - Elgin, IL
Kelly Colyer - Corrales, NM
Tom Woolf - St. Louis, MO
Nick Zaglifa - Frederick, MD
BJ Ringrose - Colorado Springs, CO

2015 Western Instructor Training Program Class

Dann Alison - Los Alamos, NM Scott Banks - Rifle, CO Ryan Bauman - San Diego, CA
Chris Benson - Aloha, OR Kevin Blackburn - Evergreen, CO Tomas Blum - Tacoma, WA
Eric Cowsill - Hoffman Estates, IL Nicholas Crawley - Spokane, WA Christopher Duncan - Spokane, WA
Richard Eiland - Gillette, WY Michael Ellis - Lynnwood, WA Rico Fulgenzi - Apache Junction, AZ
Jim Huneke - Johnston, IA Rone Jones - El Cajon, CA Donny Josephson - Lees Summit, MO
Benjamin Kaasa - Duluth, MN Byron Mounce - Tacoma, WA James Palardy - Aspen, CO
Jeremy Stevens - Mustang, OK Mason Strom - Hoffman Estates, IL Eric Thiem - Cave Creek, AZ
Craig Ventzke - E. Grand Forks, MN Matthew Ward - Kennewick, WA Michael Watson - San Jose, CA


U.S. Olympic Training Center - Lake Placid, NY
April 23-26, 2015

Michael Bownick - North East, MD
Sean Jacques - Calumet, MI
David LaBuda - Chicago, IL
Jack Nolan - Columbia, MD
J.B. Olson - Minnetonka, MN
BJ Ringrose - Colorado Springs, CO

2015 Eastern Instructor Training Program Class

Kenneth Bowden - Falls Church, VA Ryan Bradshaw - Vienna, VA Tony Brovata - Sanborn, NY
Mark Chapman - Woodbridge, VA Steve Clements - Warren, MI Chris Costagliola - West Grove, PA
Alan Daly - Peabody, MA Aloysius Hogan - Vienna, VA Rachel Hutchinson - Bewster, MA
Paul Kelcey - Clayton, NC Robert Koch - Fairmont, WV Nick Kolb - Rush, NY
Eric Lannquist - Watertown, MA Steven Locicero - Snellville, GA Amy Loughman - Teaneck, NJ
James Marrone - E. Rockaway, NY Jeff Prentner - West Chester, PA Jerome Reitano - Ruckersville, VA
Christopher Sarnowski - Fraser, MI Matthew Spaulding - Baltimore, MD Mark Stewart - Roslyn Harbor, NY
Emily Vitale - Philadelphia, PA Steve Wright - Bear, DE Brie Zdunkiewicz - Levittown, PA