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Tenured Officials

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration for the 2019 USA Hockey Advanced Officiating Symposium will close on July 19th.

USA Hockey has created a new Tenured Official category designed to reward officials who demonstrate dedication to the USA Hockey Officiating Program. The new status aims to recognize USA Hockey officials who are committed to long-term officiating development and making the game of hockey better in their local community.

The first group of tenured officials will be established during the 2019-20 season.

Who is eligible to obtain “Tenured Official” status?

Officials who have been completely registered at Level 3 or Level 4 for the three consecutive seasons prior to attending an Officiating Symposium.

Earning “Tenured Official” Status

Officials applying for Tenured status will be required to attend an Advanced Officiating Symposium.  There will be one Advanced Symposium conducted each season and locations will rotate around the country.  The Symposium will start Friday afternoon and run through Sunday morning.

Essentially, it is a reward program for those officials who have shown a level of commitment and loyalty to USA Hockey over the years.  The primary objectives of the symposium will be to:

  • Provide advanced level education.
  • Instill a sense of loyalty to USA Hockey and pride in membership.
  • Foster local leadership and the sharing of resources by our most dedicated group of grassroots officials in an effort to promote a positive hockey environment at the local level. 

We will also use the opportunity to celebrate the best that USA Hockey has to offer and the art of officiating.

Officials applying for the Advanced Officiating Symposium are responsible for the Symposium Registration Fee, Travel, Housing Accommodations and Meals.  The first Advanced Officiating Symposium will be July 26-28, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Once the official attends the Symposium his or her modified Tenured registration requirements begin immediately, and Tenured status will remain as long as the official continues to register with USA Hockey as an official each season.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration will close on July 19, 2019.

Tenured Official status logistics

  • An official who was Level 3 the prior season and obtains Tenured status will be considered Level 3 Tenured.
  • An official who was Level 4 the prior season and obtains Tenured status will be considered Level 4 Tenured.
  • An official who has obtained Level 3 Tenured status may advance to Level 4 Tenured status by successfully completing ALL normal Level 4 registration requirements for one season.


Tenured Official Annual Registration Requirements

Once Tenured Official status is earned, the official will receive a substantial reduction in annual Membership Registration requirements. The required steps will be,

  • Submit USA Hockey Officiating application and fee
  • Complete Open Book Exam
  • Maintain valid SafeSport and Background Screening requirements
  • Complete abbreviated Online Education Module curriculum specific for Tenured officials
  • Complete any USAH Affiliate or local requirements
  • A Tenured Official will not need to attend an annual Classroom Seminar, submit a Closed Book Exam or complete the normal Online Education Module training for their respective level.
  • Level 3 or 4 Tenured Official status will remain as long as the official continues to register with USA Hockey as an official each season.

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