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Summer Development Camp

OFFICIATING SUMMER DEVELOPMENT CAMPS

Each summer, the development of young officials continues at the USA Hockey Officiating Development Camps. These camps are used to identify and prepare officials for junior, collegiate, and professional competition. Many of the top officials in the United States have progressed through the various summer development camps, and USA Hockey recruits the top instructors available from professional and collegiate leagues to educate and evaluate the participants in all aspects of officiating. Here is a brief synopsis of each of the camps.

Note: The USA Hockey District Referees-in-Chief have more information regarding each of the development camps. All interested officials that meet the criteria for participation should contact their District RIC. Applications must be submitted of the District RIC by the prescribed deadline.

"USA Hockey has instructors that are second-to-none. The ice sessions were challenging. The classroom sessions were informative. The environment was outstanding and allowed for development. Everything about this camp emphasized becoming a better official. There was no 'fluff' at all. Though it was a mental grind, I can confidently say that after leaving camp, I can go out and conquer the next level with what I've learned and implemented. Not only that, but I can share what I've learned and help others to reach their goals as well." - Michael (Hamburg, N.Y.)

"The other officials here were a blast. We all had a great time pushing each other on and off the ice  and joking around with each other during downtime. I made some great friends here that I hope to see again down the road during my officiating career." - Kyle (Richmond, Va.)

"USA Hockey Officiating Summer Camps offer three years of developmental content in seven days of time. The opportunity to work a game, and get immediate feedback repeatedly is invaluable. The programs also offer campers an unusual amount of development time with top-level instructors." - Dan (Denver, Colo.)


REGIONAL CAMP

Each men's regional camp (Eastern and Western) has 28 participants from their respective parts of the country. Participating officials range from 18-26 years of age and have a strong desire to develop and achieve assignments at higher levels of hockey. Other criteria for attendance include,

  • Being an excellent skater
  • Having a solid knowledge of all USA Hockey rules and interpretations
  • Having a proficiency at working the three-official system

Additionally, the official must be willing to bring their aquired knowledge home to share with their local grassroots hockey officiating community.

The USA Hockey Officiating Program also conducts a Women's Regional Camp. A total of 12 female applicants between the ages of 18 and 35 will be invited to attend the session. This program is designed to identify and train female officials for future collegiate and international competition. The format and expectation of all participants is identical to the men's regional camp program.


NATIONAL CAMP
Next in the hierarchy for a developing official is the Men's National Camp. USA Hockey invites 20 applicants from across the country to participate in this program, which offers a higher level of instruction and expectation than previous camps. To be considered an applicant must,

  • Be between 20 and 29 years of age
  • Have previously attended a USA Hockey Regional Camp
  • Display a remarkable improvement in performance since Regional Camp

Once again, these officials are expected to share new information with their local grassroots hockey officiating community once they return home.


PROGRAM OF MERIT
The highest program in the summer development camp series is the USA Hockey Officiating Program of Merit. This program invites 14 of USA Hockey's top developing officials from across the country to participate. Instruction staff is built with National Hockey League officials who are committed to giving time to share their experience at the highest level of hockey.

The ulimate mission of this program is to provide tips and tools to the participants, and help them reach their full potential on the ice at all levels of the game (professional, college, etc.).


2015 Summer Development Camp Schedule

All applications must be submitted to District Referee-in-Chief by application deadline.

PROGRAM DATES LOCATION APP DEADLINE
Western Regional June 13-20 Sault Ste. Marie, MI Past Deadline
Eastern Regional July 15-22 Buffalo, NY Past Deadline
Women's Regional July 17-24 St. Cloud, MN Past Deadline
National Camp July 7-14 Buffalo, NY Past Deadline

2015 SUMMER DEVELOPMENT CAMP PARTICIPANTS

WESTERN REGIONAL CAMP (Sault Ste. Marie, MI)
STAFF
Bruce Geddes (Camp Director) - Loudonville, NY
Eric Frank - Lebanon, IN
Patrick Richardson - Syracuse, NY
Brett Sheva - Horsham, PA
BJ Ringrose - Colorado Springs, CO

PARTICIPANTS
Matthew Albanese - Manlius, NY
Christopher Beauben - Colorado Springs, CO
Logan Bellgraph - Wyoming, MI
Kyle Bennett - Arvada, CO
Addison Brush - St. Louis, MO
Daniel Durst - Washington, MI
Justin Esterly - Sauk Rapids, MN
Stephen Feurer - Springfield, MO
Bryon Guerin - Fountain, CO
Chet Halonen - Delano, MN
Brian Hankes - Chicago, IL
Dwight Mack - Mandan, ND
Nicholas Meadors - Great Falls, MT
Frederick Perkins - Silverdale, WA
Andrew Rasky - Ann Arbor, MI
Kenton Rauwerdink - Eagan, MN
Camrin Roczey - Saugus, CA
Aaron Storey - Warroad, MN
Ryan Townsend - Las Vegas, NV
Logan Wetekamp - Midland, MN
Cameron Wetmore - Everett, WA
Mitchell Willert - Sun Prairie, WI
Christopher Williams - Davison, MI


EASTERN REGIONAL CAMP (Buffalo, NY)
STAFF
John Miceli (Camp Director) - Catonsville, MD
Johnathan Morrison - St. Paul, MN
Charlie O'Connor - Riverview, FL
Andrew Wilk - Santa Rosa Valley, CA
BJ Ringrose - Colorado Springs, CO

PARTICIPANTS
Kevin Brennan - Lancaster, NY
Tyler Brumfield - Bexley, OH
Chad Curtiss - Anchorage, AK
David "Mack" Darcy - Randolph, NJ
Randy Dengler - Leechburg, PA
Dominick Eubank - Kenai, AK
Matthew Fox - Washington, DC
Nate Frechette - Winthrop, ME
Michael Fusani - Depew, NY
Will Glick - Fort Wayne, IN
David Hapiuk - Fremont, CA
William Harrop - Walpole, MA
Patrick Jacobs - Pittsburgh, PA
Matthew Juselis - Portsmouth, RI
Alex Karabetsos - Troy, MI
Jarred Mitrano - Haverhill, MA
Jeremy Moody - Raleigh, NC
Pontus Sjoberg - Chelsea, MI
J.R. Stragar - Pittsburgh, PA
Chris Waterstradt - Tulsa, OK
Toby Wolfe - Tualatin, OR



WOMEN'S REGIONAL CAMP (St. Cloud, MN)
STAFF
Laura Rinde (Camp Director) - San Jose, CA
Erin Blair - Hoffman Estates, IL
Michaela Frattarelli - Bristol, RI
Joy Johnston - Essex, UK
Matt Leaf - Colorado Springs, CO

PARTICIPANTS
Vivienne Brekelmans - Waalwijk, NED
Keli Dorynek - Carol Stream, IL
Kaylen Erchul - Gilbert, MN
Ainslie Gardner - Klemzig, AUS
Jessica Herman - Orlando, FL
Sarah Hickman - Amherst, MA
Breana Kraut - East Lansing, MI
Chelsea Ray - Minneapolis, MN
Sara Strong - Kentwood, MI
Laura White - Haymarket, VA
Amanda Wilson - Bloomfield, CO
Stephanie Wyld - Harrisburg, PA


NATIONAL CAMP (Buffalo, NY)
STAFF
Jerry Kennedy (Camp Director) - Madison, WI
Chris Allman - St. Paul, MN
Keith Kaval - Erie, PA
Dan Schachte - Verona, WI
Peter Tarnaris - Long Grove, IL
BJ Ringrose - Colorado Springs, CO


PARTICIPANTS
Bernhard Altner - N. Massapequa, NY
Christopher Binkley - Powell, OH
Neil Campbell - Aliso Viejo, CA
Korey Chipperfield - Omaha, NE
Stephen Drain - Milton, MA
Alex Germany-Wald - Washington, DC
Walker Holton - Orlando, FL
William Kingdon - Salem, NH
Matthew Larson - West Liberty, IA
Ivan Nedeljkovic - Sremska Kamenica, SRB
Steven Rouillard - Turner, ME
Jayson Selbert - Cheektowaga, NY
Mason Strom - River Forest, IL
J.P. Waleski - Avoca, PA
Adam Walters - Trenton, MI
Michael Zalcman - Glastonbury, CT


SLED HOCKEY OFFICIATING CAMP (Buffalo, NY)
STAFF
Gary Cutler (Camp Director) - Williamsville, NY
Kyle Allen - N. Tonawanda, NY

PARTICIPANTS
Lauren Boyle - Ft. Myers Beach, FL
Matt Brady - Saratoga Springs, NY
Joseph Leonardo - Tampa, FL
Ian Zacharias - Glenshaw, PA


PROGRAM OF MERIT (Buffalo, NY)
STAFF
Steve Tatro (Camp Director) - Two Harbors, MN
Greg Kimmerly - Thornton, ONT
Brian Murphy - Dover, NH
Andy McElman - Algonquin, IL
Bryan Pancich - Chicago, IL
Ian Walsh - Portland, OR

PARTICIPANTS
Lucas Bisbee - Littleton, CO
Riley Bowles - Chattaroy, WA
Kevin Briganti - Newington, CT
Andrew Bruggeman - N. Mankato, MN
Neil Campbell - Aliso Viejo, CA
Korey Chipperfield - Omaha, NE
Justin Cornell - Sterling Heights, MI
Sean Fernandez - Traverse City, MI
Robert Lukkason - Grand Forks, ND
Lucas Martin - Stoughton, WI
Brian McAvoy - St. Bonifacius, MN
Chad Roethlisberger - Green Bay, WI
Jonathon Sitarski - St. Clair Shores, MI
Ryan Szymanski - Sauk Rapids, MN