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OFFICIATING ZOOMCASTS

USA Hockey ZoomCasts are weekly online video webinars dedicated to continuing education of officials, coaches, players and parents. Some topics will focus on officiating performance and effectively managing a hockey game. Other broader topics will focus on USA Hockey policies and initiatives relevant to all members. 

Each ZoomCast will feature a host and guest panel to discus the topic of the week. After the initial presentation, the panel will take questions from the virtual audience. Guest panelists include officials from professional and collegiate levels, USA Hockey National and District administrators, Head Coaches, Officiating Coaches and more.

The participant list is limited to 100 people. However, each ZoomCast will be posted for on-demand viewing at this website (see below) after the broadcast and at the USA Hockey YouTube Channel.


UPCOMING EPISODES (schedule is subject to change)

END OF SEASON 1

See you when we return in August 2021!


ZOOMCAST ON-DEMAND

E.42 | You Make the Call - LIVE

VIDEO COMING SOON

Back by popular demand! Join our host and panel as they review video clips covering a wide range of playing rules. All participants will share their "calls" via online interactive polling during this fun and educational episode to wrap up Season 1! 

MODERATOR
BJ Ringrose
Manager, Officiating Education Program

GUEST PANELISTS
Jenna Janshen
Referee, IIHF & Tier-III Junior

Dennis Larue
Referee, National Hockey League (Retired)

Ken Radolinski
Linesman, ECHL & AHL

E.41 | Junior ODP

VIDEO COMING SOON

The USA Hockey Officiating Junior Development Program (JODP) has been providing advancement pathways for referees for over two decades! This program serves the most dedicated officials in the country as they evolve into top-level professional officials working the highest levels of hockey. How does an official get into this program? What are the expectations? What are the benefits? Watch this episode to learn more!

MODERATOR
Scott Zelkin
Manager, Jr. Officiating Development Program

GUEST PANELISTS
Kilian McNamara
Linesman, AHL & ECHL

Peter Schlittenhardt
Referee, IIHF & NCAA


E.40 | Competitive Contact

VIDEO COMING SOON

Whether full body-checking or body-contact, competitive contact is a critical skill all players must develop and all USA Hockey officials must keep in check. What are the elements of clean competitive contact? Who is ultimately responsible for player safety during games? How can successful management of teams make the game more positive and safe for everyone? Watch and find out!

MODERATOR
Matt Leaf
Director, Officiating Education Program

GUEST PANELISTS
Roger Gillo
USA Hockey ADM Manager

Heather Mannix
USA Hockey ADM Manager

E.39 | Officiating Hockey IQ

The USA Hockey Officiating Manuals, video modules and classroom seminar curriculum provide a baseline of standard mechanics and judgment for 25,000 USA Hockey officials across the country (no small task). However, Hockey IQ (i.e. understanding the game, team strategy, player roles & other elements) helps an official stay mentally aware and prepared to deal with incidents.  Watch this episode to learn more!

MODERATOR
Scott Zelkin

Manager, Jr. Officiating Development Program

GUEST PANELISTS
Kelly Cooke
Referee, IIHF & NCAA

J.B. Olson
Officiating Coach, Jr. Officiating Development Program

E.38 | Altercations

Despite our effort to de-escalate and manage teams, sometimes emotions boil over and altercations occur. Whether small pushing matches or thrown punches, it's the officials' job to clean up the mess. What skills exist to keep emotions in check? How do officials separate opponents? And how are penalties used to manage situations, and sometimes "send a message"? Watch this episode to learn more.

MODERATOR
BJ Ringrose
Manager, Officiating Education Program

GUEST PANELISTS
Steven Sailor
Referee, IIHF & ECHL

Billy Hancock
Linesman, IIHF & AHL


E.37 | Retention of Officials

For the last 20 years, USA Hockey has lost 50% of the officials moving from Year 1 to Year 2. However, they retain 90% of the officials who reach Year 3. What strategies can local officials associations and hockey communities use to get new officials to Year 3 more successfully? And what are realistic expectations we should have of brand new officials? Watch this episode to learn more.

MODERATOR
Matt Leaf

Director, Officiating Education Program

GUEST PANELISTS
Paul Carnathan
State Referee-in-Chief, Georgia

Thor Nelson
State Referee-in-Chief, North Dakota

E.36 | Managing Mistakes

Whether a rookie or a veteran, mistakes are a part of the business. Some go unnoticed, and some make the official want to crawl and hide in the penalty box. Maintaining credibility with the teams comes with proper management and communication. What are things you should say? What are the things you should never say. Watch this episode to learn more about this critical game management skill!

MODERATOR
Scott Zelkin
Manager, Jr. Officiating Development Program

GUEST PANELISTS
Tim Mayer
Referee, IIHF & AHL

Chelsea Rapin
Referee, IIHF & NCAA

E.35 | USA Hockey Program Update

Time for another "state of the union" episode. The USA Hockey annual Mid-Winter Meetings were held in January 2021, and all councils, committees and sections met via Zoom to discuss the successes and  challenges in our game. What are the Referee Section's biggest topics as they wrap up the 2020-21 season and prepare for next year? Watch this episode to find out!

 

MODERATOR
Matt Leaf
Director, Officiating Education Program

GUEST PANELISTS
David LaBuda
National Referee-in-Chief, USA Hockey

Patrick Picicci
Referee-in-Chief, Northern Plains District


ZOOMCAST ON-DEMAND PLAYLIST

Head to the USA Hockey YouTube Channel to watch archived ZoomCast episodes.