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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)

E.53 | Hockey Community

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2022 @ 8:00p ET

MODERATOR
Matt Leaf  -  Director, Officiating Education Program

PANELISTS
TBD

The local hockey world is a community. But the reality is that the players, coaches and parents in the community just don't understand the realities and nuances of the officiating section. What are referees' obligations and expectations within the hockey community? Watch this episode to find out more.


E.54 | You Make the Call

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2022 @ 8:00p ET

MODERATOR
BJ Ringrose  -  Manager, Officiating Education Program

PANELISTS
Jennifer Cameron  -  Linesperson, NCAA & PHF
Kenneth Radolinski  -  Linesperson, AHL & ECHL

New year...new clips! We're back for another cult-classic episode of You Make the Call. Join this episode live to watch video clips, cast your vote for "Your call", and engage with the panel as they discuss USA Hockey rule application and interpretation. 

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2022


E.55 | IIHF Event Special

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2022 @ 8:00p ET

MODERATOR
Scott Zelkin  -  Manager, Jr. Officiating Development Program

PANELISTS
TBD

This episode will feature some USA Hockey's top officials sharing their experiences from the 2022 IIHF World Juniors, Olympic Winter Games and other international competition. Learn what it takes to prepare for competition, and work with officials from different countries.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2022


ZOOMCAST ON-DEMAND

E.52 | USAH Officiating Program Update

VIDEO COMING SOON

This episode is scheduled to broadcast just two days after the conclusion of the 2022 USA Hockey Winter Meetings. Watch this episode to be the first to get updates about discussions and decisions within the USA Hockey Referee Section, and the greater organization.

MODERATOR
BJ Ringrose
Officiating Education Program

PANELISTS
Dan Ellison
District Referee-in-Chief, Pacific District

David LaBuda
National Referee-in-Chief, USA Hockey

Jim Weaver
District Referee-in-Chief, Mid-American District

E.51 | Officiating Hockey IQ

Back again...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

PANELISTS
Andrew Bruggeman
Referee, IIHF & AHL

Jackie Spresser
Linesperson, IIHF & PHF


E.50 | Teamwork

Whether working in a Two-Official, Three-Official or Four-Official system, teamwork is the key to success on the ice. Sometimes teamwork is doing your job, and sometimes teamwork is doing you partner's job. How can officials prepare as a team before the game? When does teamwork break-down? Watch this episode to learn more!

MODERATOR
Scott Zelkin
Manager, Jr. Officiating Development Program

PANELISTS
Kendall Hanley
Linesperson, IIHF & NCAA

Riley Yerkovich
Referee, AHL & ECHL

E.49 | Playing Rules Q&A

Whether a novice official or a cagey veteran, we all have playing rules that we struggle to learn. This session will be dedicated to discussing the importance of rule knowledge, in addition to the "spirit and intent" of the playing rules. The Q&A session is open for all participants to share their interpretation questions, game situations and curiosity about why some rules exist in the first place.

MODERATOR
Matt Leaf

Director, Officiating Education Program

PANELIST
David LaBuda
National Referee-in-Chief, USA Hockey

Jack Nolan
Seminar Coordinator, Southeastern District

E.48 | You Make the Call

The cult favorite is back! Join our panel and host as they present several game clips for audience poll feedback. After the poll, the panel will break down the clip, share interpretations and playing rules during this highly educational episode.

MODERATOR
Scott Zelkin
Manager, Jr. Officiating Development Program

PANELIST
Jason Lortie
Referee, SPHL & ECHL

Melissa Szkola
Officiating Coach, IIHF 


E.47 | Setting Goals

As someone wisely said, "If you have a dream, write it down. Then it becomes a goal". Whether striving to work certain leagues or levels, or to earn a playoff game, all officials have career goals. Watch this episode featuring two officials who look back on how they achieved their current success, and share strategy for how they plan to reach their next steps.

MODERATOR
BJ Ringrose
Manager, Officiating Education Program

PANELIST
Logan Gruhl
Referee, ECHL & USHL

Jestina Vichorek
Referee, IIHF & NCAA

E.46 | Grassroots Fitness

Whether working a top-level assignment or just grinding out a series of games through the weekend, fitness is critical. What are the best habits for an official with limited time for the gym? How can you build good habits? What to do if your routine doesn't produce results? Watch this episode for tips and tricks for a healthier season!

MODERATOR
BJ Ringrose
Manager, Officiating Education Program

PANELIST
Amanda Tassoni

NCAA Referee & Personal Training Consultant

E.45 | Officiating Education Program

Whether preparing officials for grassroots 10U games or Tier I Junior games, the USA Hockey Officiating Education Program is unrivaled throughout the world. However, the District Referees-in-Chief constantly look for ways to improve the experience. Watch this episode to learn more about this year's updates.

MODERATOR
Matt Leaf
Director, Officiating Education Program

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

Kevin Donovan
Massachusetts District, Referee-in-Chief

Bryan Harrington
Massachusetts District, Seminar Coordinator