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USA HOCKEY 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 broadcast live via YouTube, and posted for on-demand viewing at this website (see below) and the USA Hockey YouTube Channel.


UPCOMING EPISODES

(SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

E.6 | Women's Officiating Program

TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2020  @  8:00p ET

MODERATOR
Matt Leaf  -  Director, USA Hockey Officiating Program

GUEST PANELISTS
Kendall Hanley  -  IIHF & NCAA
Jenna Janshen  -  ACHA & USAH Tier III Junior (ODP)
Jessica Leclerc  -  IIHF & NCAA

Female USA Hockey Officials have achieved a long history of success at all levels of the game. From working hard through the grassroots ranks, attending development camps, showcasing their skills at USA Hockey National Tournaments, and working their way up to IIHF Assignments. But where does the path start, and what steps of development pave a solid road to success?


SUMMER BREAK

We're taking a break during the weeks of July 21 & 28 to enjoy some summer weather (and finish our Open Book Exam).

Thank you for your support and we'll see you August 4!!!


E.7 | Two-Official System

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2020  @  8:00p ET

MODERATOR
Scott Zelkin  -  Manager, USA Hockey Junior Officiating Development Program

GUEST PANELISTS
Jack Young  -  Official, USAH Junior Officiating Development Program

Russ Eidenberger  -  Referee-in-Chief, Michigan District

Similar to players at the entry levels of American Development Model hockey, officials must learn the basic fundamentals of positioning, awareness, judgment and mechanics as both a referee and a linesman before entering higher levels of play. This episode will focus on the Two-Official System, and building the foundation skill-set that all officials must master before moving to higher levels.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EPISODE WILL OPEN ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2020


E.8 | USA Hockey Playing Rules

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2020  @  8:00p ET

MODERATOR
BJ Ringrose  -  Manager, USA Hockey Officiating Program

GUEST PANELISTS
Bill Hall  -  USA Hockey Secretary & Chairman, Playing Rules Committee
John Karolcik  -  Director, USA Hockey Mid-American District
Matt Leaf  -  Director, USA Hockey Officiating Program

What are the driving forces behind the USA Hockey Playing Rules? Safety, fairness, player development and lifelong involvement are all key components. This episode will kick-off the upcoming 2021-25 Rule Change process by discussing how a rule change is submitted, the review process, the "spirit and intent" of some playing rules, and some of the classic rule change proposals that might have "raised a few eyebrows" among the committee members.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EPISODE WILL OPEN ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2020


ZOOMCAST ON-DEMAND

E.5 | USA Hockey Officiating Program Updates

USA Hockey Officiating Program leadership discuss the current and future path of the education program. Topics will include registration guidelines, online classroom seminars, meeting expectations, and other things related to delivering a quality program that builds success for both our member officials and the thousands of local hockey associations they serve.

MODERATOR
BJ Ringrose
Manager, USA Hockey Officiating Program

GUEST PANELISTS
David LaBuda

USA Hockey, National Referee-in-Chief

Matt Leaf
Director, USA Hockey Officiating Program

Ken Reinhard
Referee-in-Chief, Rocky Mountain District

E.4 | Coaching & Supervision

This topic will cover what an Officiating Coach looks for when they go to a game, and how they evaluate games and share feedback to help officials improve.  Additionally, we will discuss how officials should react when there is an Officiating Coach at their game and how they can apply the information given to improve themselves.

MODERATOR
Scott Zelkin
Manager, USA Hockey Jr. Officiating Development

GUEST PANELISTS
Keith Kaval
Director of Officiating, NAHL (Tier II Junior)

Dave Madsen
Officiating Coach, USA Hockey Jr. Officiating Development

Andrew Bruggeman
ECHL & IIHF Official (JODP Graduate)

E.3 | Officiating Mentor Programs

Making the effort to mentor newer officials will set them up for success with earning their Officiating Card and Crest, and promote a positive experience on the ice during their first games.  Furthermore, giving back as a mentor is a rewarding experience that helps ensure the local officiating association is around for years to come.  This session will provide guidelines with how mentor programs can work and how to be an effective mentor.

MODERATOR
Matt Leaf
Director, USA Hockey Officiating Program

GUEST PANELISTS
Eric Simmons
Alaska Referee-in-Chief

Kevin Redding
Connecticut Referee-in-Chief

E.2 | Communication with Teams

Communication is an important skill that all officials must develop to be successful while managing games. Whether speaking with players, coaches or teammate officials on the ice, good communication is how referees and linesmen share their expectations. But what are the expectations from the coaches? How can referees build better rapport with coaches to help manage their teams? And how can both sides de-escalate if things take a bad turn?

MODERATOR
Scott Zelkin

Manager, USA Hockey Junior Officiating Program

GUEST PANELISTS
Paul DePuydt

Head Coach, Rocky Mtn. RoughRiders 14U Boys

Keith Kaval
Officiating Director, North American Hockey League 

Greg Moore
Head Coach, Toronto Marlies AHL Club 

E.1 | Abuse & Zero Tolerance

This topic will cover reducing the abuse that grassroots officials take from players, coaches and parents. In order to promote the most positive game environment for all participants and improve officiating membership growth and retention, USA Hockey is promoting education on behavior expectations and how to hold participants and parents accountable for conduct that is detrimental to the sport.

MODERATOR
Scott Zelkin

Manager - USAH Junior Officiating Program

GUEST PANELISTS 

Dave LaBuda
USA Hockey National Referee-in-Chief

Matt Leaf
Director, USA Hockey Officiating Program

Al Bloomer
Former USA Hockey National Coach-in-Chief