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Summer Development Camp


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, and provide all participants with the fundamental skills needed to return home to their grassroots hockey community and be the best amateur hockey officials they can become. 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 to 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 less than a week. 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.)


OBJECTIVE - This camp is a thoroughly educational review of the fundamentals of amateur ice hockey officiating. The Futures Camp establishes a practical understanding of the fundamentals of game management as recommended by the USA Hockey Officiating Program. These areas include positioning, skating fundamentals, rules knowledge, physical fitness, mental preparation, and setting goals. This camp is educational in nature and focuses on reinforcing basic techniques an official needs to manage all levels of amateur hockey.

PARTICIPANTS - These programs each host 12 -18 participants between the ages of (but not exclusive to) 18-28 years old. Applicants should have 2-3 years of overall experience (minimum) and some experience working 14 & Under hockey and higher. Furthermore, all participants should possess a desire to bring all information they learn back home to share with their local officiating community.

COST - $90.00 Registration Fee if selected to participate, plus travel to and from camp location. Housing, meals, facilities use, and classroom materials are provided by USA Hockey.



OBJECTIVE – To advance the educational process of the amateur official who has successfully proven his proficiency with application of the fundamentals of ice hockey officiating as presented at the Futures Camp level. To review and refine the lessons learned at the Futures Camp as the participants attempt to advance to the higher levels of hockey. This camp is focused on the advanced techniques that officials must master to effectively manage hockey games at the highest levels (Tier I & II Junior, NCAA, & Professional), but in doing so re-emphasizing the need to master the fundamentals of officiating. Additional supporting areas of instruction will include power skating, nutrition, physical conditioning and mental preparedness.

PARTICIPANTS - This program hosts 18-24 participants who are between the ages of (but not exclusive to) 20-30 years old. All officials must be USA Hockey registered officials. Experience at the Tier III Junior or ACHA Collegiate level, or participating at NAPHL development events or USA Hockey National Tournaments is preferred (but not required).

COSTS - $90.00 Registration Fee if selected to participate, plus travel costs to and from the camp location. Housing, meals, facilities use, and classroom materials will be provided by USA Hockey.



OBJECTIVE - To instruct those officials who work at the most advanced levels of competitive hockey (Tier I Junior, NCAA, & Professional). To provide participants with the opportunity to receive high levels of both individual and group instruction on college, international and professional mental-function and techniques, including both on and off-ice environments. This camp is focused on the advance techniques that officials must master to effectively manage hockey games at the highest levels.

PARTICIPANTS - All participants will be invited based on selections made by a committee comprised of top Tier I Junior, NCAA, and Professional officials.

COST - No registration fee required, and USA Hockey will subsidize portion of travel costs to camp location. Housing, meals, facilities use, and classroom materials will be provided by USA Hockey.


OBJECTIVE - To instill a wealth of information regarding the playing rules and nuances of Sled Hockey that can be taken back to various regions by the participants and shared with officials at the local level.  To present the basic skills necessary to establish a foundation of officiating skills that will allow each participant to achieve success with officiating Sled Hockey games.  To identify those grassroots officials who have the necessary skills, attitude and desires to achieve this success.

PARTICIPANTS - This program will host six participants between the ages of (but not exclusive to) 18-36 years old. It is strongly recommended that applicants have prior experience working both Sled Hockey and competitive able-bodied hockey. Furthermore, all participants should possess a strong desire to bring all information they learn back home to share with their local officiating community.

COST - $90.00 Registration Fee if selected to participate, plus travel costs to and from the camp location. Housing, meals, facilities use, and classroom materials will be provided by USA Hockey.

2016 Summer Development Camp Schedule

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

Sled Hockey applications must forwarded to Disabled Hockey Referee-in-Chief by application deadline.

Applications are posted below in MS Word or .PDF format.

Central Futures Camp June 11-16 Kent, OH MD, SE, NY, & CN Closed
Western Futures Camp June 18-23 Colorado Springs, CO RM, NP, PC, & AK Closed
Northern Futures Camp June 19-24 Sault Ste. Marie, MI MI, MN, & CN Closed
Eastern Futures Camp July 9-14 Ashburnham, MA MA, NE, AT, & NY Closed
Women's Futures Camp July 18-24 St. Cloud, MN All Districts Closed
Sled Hockey Futures Camp July 10-15 Buffalo, NY All Districts Closed
High Performance Camp July 8-14 Buffalo, NY All Districts Closed
Program of Merit June 24-30 Buffalo, NY All Districts Invite Only


Bruce Geddes (Camp Director) - Loudonville, NY
Eric Frank - Lebanon, IN
Patrick Richardson - Syracuse, NY
Brett Sheva - Horsham, PA
BJ Ringrose - Colorado Springs, CO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary Cutler (Camp Director) - Williamsville, NY
Kyle Allen - N. Tonawanda, NY

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

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

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