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Assignment Guidelines


The USA Hockey Officiating Program's recommendations for game assignments are posted below.

Please note that all Local Officials Associations and Local Assignors have final decisions regarding the assignment of local hockey games. Local Assignors have the responsibility to follow the recommendations posted below provided there are officials with the professional skills and availability for the level of play. However, if no capable officials, regardless of level attained, are available the Local Assignor is authorized to make game assignments based on the overall professional skills and availability of each official for the level of play.

Furthermore, registration with the USA Hockey Officiating Program does not guarantee any official any game assignments. As recognized Independent Contractors, all officials are responsible to obtain their own game assignments from Local Assignors. Local Assignors may take several factors into consideration when assigning officials including but not limited to:

  • Skill Level
  • Availability
  • Dependability
  • Attitude
  • Perceived Conflict of Interest
  • Exposure
  • Location

IMPORTANT NOTE: Any Local Assignor who assigns "non-complete" registered officials to games is subject to serious liability as he/she jeopardizes the insurance coverage of the officials and players involved. Updated listings of currently registered officials are available from the District Referees-in-Chief or Disttrict Database Coordinator.

Three Officials System (recommended levels)

(Note: If the Two-Official System is used, the recommended level appearing in the Referee column(s) shall apply for both Referees)



Age Level   Local (non-Travel)   Tier I & II   Local (non-Travel)   Tier I & II  
8 & Under   Level 1   Level 1   Level 1   Level 1  
10 & Under   Level 1   Level 1   Level 1   Level 1  
12 & Under   Level 1   Level 2   Level 1   Level 1  
14 & Under   Level 2   Level 3   Level 2   Level 2  
16 & Under   Level 3   Level 3   Level 2   Level 3  
18 & Under (Girls 19 & Under)   Level 3   Level 3   Level 2   Level 3  
High School Junior Varsity   Level 3     Level 3    
High School Varsity   Level 3     Level 3    
Junior C   Level 3     Level 3    
Junior B   Level 4     Level 3    
Junior A   Level 4     Level 3    
Senior Non-Check (& Women's)   Level 3     Level 2    
Senior US   Level 4     Level 3    
Senior Open   Level 4     Level 3    

USA Hockey's Policy Regarding Officials Participating in Non-USA Hockey Sanctioned Games

Affiliate and officials' organizations may establish and use reasonable criteria, rules, and procedures for selection and scheduling of officials for games within their jurisdiction. There are numerous valid reasons why an Affiliate, officials' organization, or scheduler may select one official over another for a particular game, league, or level of play. However, no USA Hockey official may be penalized, threatened, excluded, or made ineligible for officiating USA Hockey games based on that official being certified by or officiating games that are not sanctioned by USA Hockey or are sanctioned by some other entity. Many USA Hockey officials work games not under USA Hockey authority (e.g. NCAA, Canadian Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League, National Federation of High Schools, etc.). To be sure, an official will not receive the benefits of USA Hockey, including insurance coverage, supervision, disciplinary process and enforcement, etc., while officiating a game not sanctioned by USA Hockey and that official is not permitted to wear a USA Hockey crest (patch) on their sweater during a game not sanctioned by USA Hockey. To reiterate, no Affiliate may, and no Affiliate shall permit an official's organization or scheduler under its control to punish, threaten, black-ball, or make any official ineligible for USA Hockey games based on the official becoming certified by another entity, or officiating games that are not sanctioned by USA Hockey. Most hockey programs and officials associations endeavor to consider their officials to be independent contractors; to place restrictions on officials from officiating non-sanctioned games may place that independent contractor status at risk, and subject the hockey program or officials association to other liabilities.

Note: To be eligible to officiate in any State, District or National Championship event, an official must be completely registered on or before December 31st of the current season. Only Level 4 Officials will be eligible to Referee any USA Hockey National Championship event games.

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