I wanna be a ref...

...Are you crazy? Why on earth would you want to be a referee in any sport?.  Have you listened to the radio and TV commentators criticize EVERY CALL that the official makes? You have to be insane.
Don’t get me wrong because I love the game of ice hockey and officiating in this sport can be a very rewarding career or avocation. The bottom line is that I am glad that I made the decision to begin my officiating career more than 30 years ago.   It has made me a better person, a better employee, a better instructor and facilitator.  It has helped me maintain a very active and healthy lifestyle and allowed me to build a group of friends that I can count on to help if needed.  
Now that I have you all excited to begin your officiating career, I want you to understand that the majority of people who make that decision to join the ranks of registered USA Hockey officials never make it through the first year and return for a second season. The demand for quality officiating services is growing steadily but I want you to start this process with a realistic assessment of your chances of success.

The economics of officiating

USA Hockey’s 2016-17 Registration Report says that there are 25,768 registered officials.  In Georgia, there are close to 200 registered officials and within the Georgia Ice Hockey Officials Association (GIHOA), 25% of their members work less than 10 games a year.  
Think about it? Ten (10) games officiated at the cross-ice, mite, or Squirt levels will not recoup the investment required to complete registration and be ready to step on the ice with the proper uniform and gear.  And, that doesn’t take into consideration your time and transportation cost.  You will have to invest between $200 - $300 dollars, not including skates, just to “get ready” to step on the ice.  
USA Hockey does NOT restrict the age at which someone can register as an official, but GIHOA cannot schedule anyone below the age of 16. We do however have a few members who are below that age and will grandfather their status as members in good standing as long as they continue to maintain their membership and USA Hockey registration status.

Who gets the most games?

The officials who work the most games are those who have become what I like to call a “low maintenance official.”  The low maintenance official is someone who has the knowledge, experience, and skill (both mental and physical) to create a fair, fun and safe environment on the ice.  These are officials who are available to work when and where the most games are being played.  The low maintenance official is not ego driven or feels that they are entitled to games just because they completed registration or attained a high certification level.  They are the ones that have learned to manage a tough game and enjoy the ride.  These officials willing to work at all levels including cross-ice mites.
Since most of the games occur during travel weekends, be aware that if you are a travel hockey and/or High School hockey player and only become available in April, your chances of getting games are very low and, It will be nearly impossible to recoup your investment.   

Are you ready to join the ranks as a USA Hockey official?  

I did and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.  Just be aware the barriers to entry are steep and your chances of success are slim.  If you choose to proceed, I look forward to seeing you on the ice or at the rink.  

To Your Success,
Jim Hogan
GIHOA Board Member, Secretary
USA Hockey Official since 1983

Interested In Becoming a Referee?

Interested in Becoming a Referee? All USA Hockey Officials are required to register as an official with USA Hockey, attend a USA Hockey instructional seminar, and pass an open book test every year to remain fully registered as a Referee.    Please contact Steven Waugh at waugh@gihoa.net with any questions or for additional information.

Rule Update Memo

October 17, 2016

We are seeing discrepancy with the calling and reporting of the following penalties.
Student-Athlete Protection:
Continued diligence is needed with regard to player safety rules, particularly contact to the head, contact against defenseless or unsuspecting players and hitting from behind. The rules are very clear in each of these areas and officials must continue to err on the side of safety.
Please remind officials of penalty enforcement for the following rules as we frequently receive incorrect application and incorrect reporting.

Rule 45 - Contact to the Head
45.1 Contact to the Head - A player shall not make direct contact from any direction with an opposing player’s head or neck area in any manner (including, but not limited to, with the shoulder, stick, elbow, etc.).
PENALTY—Major and game misconduct or disqualification at the discretion of the referee.

The committee reminds coaches and players that the responsibility remains with the player making the hit to avoid contact with the head and neck area of an opposing player. Any contact directly with the player’s head and neck area “must” be penalized with a major penalty and a game misconduct or disqualification. NOTE: There is no possible rule permitting a minor penalty for “Contact to the Head”.

Rule 48 - Fighting or Punching
48.1 Fighting or Punching - A player shall not fight an opponent or participate in a fight, on or off the playing surface. A punch thrown may be considered fighting.
NOTE: There is no possible rule permitting a Game Misconduct penalty for “Fighting or Punching”.

Please review the 2016-2018 NCAA rule book Rule 20 for Major Penalty guidance.
Please review the 2016-2018 NCAA rule book Rule 22 for Game Misconduct guidance.
Please review the 2016-2018 NCAA rule book Rule 23 for Disqualification guidance.

Ed Giacomucci
American Collegiate Hockey Association

ACHA Season is here

Welcome to the 2017-18 American Collegiate Hockey Association ice hockey season. We are all looking forward to another exciting year and fortunate to have you and your officials as part of our ACHA Officiating Program. Thank you for helping. This is a non-rule change year. Although there are no direct rule changes, there is a continued emphasis on head-contact penalties. Please continue to be diligent and enforce the head-contact penalties. Attached you will find the information to get you started for this season. The follow documents are attached to this email.

ACHA welcome letter
2017-18 ACHA exam (same exam as last)
Answer sheet for the ACHA exam

Please visit the ACHA website for additional referee information. There are many valuable training documents on the ACHA website and please view the “Officials” tab of the website. www.achahockey.org The goal of the exam is not to create a pass or fail situation. This test should be used as a training tool to ensure that your officials take the time to learn the ACHA/NCAA Rules. Use the exam to your advantage and encourage open rules discussions.

When talking about ACHA/NCAA rules, our officials commonly get confused with the enforcement of USA Hockey rules during ACHA/NCAA games. It is imperative that you help our officials understand the differences to our ACHA/NCAA rules compared to the USA Hockey rules. As questions come up though the season, please do not hesitate to contact me. We will be providing additional information thru-out the season. Our ACHA officials are required to be completely registered with USA Hockey at level 3 or higher. In unique circumstances, USA Hockey level 2 officials may be used with approval from the ACHA Referee-in-Chief.

The ACHA believes the 2-Referee, 2-Linesmen system has proven to best fit ACHA competition and this is the recommended system. ACHA teams may also use the 2-Referee, 1-Linesman system or 1-Referee, 2-Linesmen system as described in the attached referee system document. ACHA womans teams may use the 2-referee system. This document is also on the ACHA website under the officials tab.

The ACHA has updated the ACHA crest with a new ACHA design and the new crest is smaller. Please visit www.shopacha.com for crest details. You will like the new design.

You can also get to the crest ordering document on the officials tab of the ACHA website. We hope this information will help your officials prepare for the upcoming season. Good luck this season and let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you all for your dedication to our sport.
Ed Giacomucci
American Collegiate Hockey Association

NOTE: GIHOA has ordered new crests and will be available for $10 each. We will let you know when we have them available.


Big News - KSU Hockey Returns to GIHOA for 2017-18 Season

KSU Ice Hockey Club returns to GIHOA for 2017-18 Season
Following a meeting today with KSU Ice Hockey Club’s President, Wes Davis, and Vice President, Tristan Gagner, the GIHOA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that KSU Ice Hockey is returning to the Georgia Ice Hockey Officials Association to officiate their 2017-18 season. Kennesaw State University Ice Hockey Club, is part of the ACHA Division III and will continue to play their home games at the IceForum in Kennesaw.

“GIHOA has worked hard to create a high-quality officiating experience and proud to have KSU recognize that and return to us as a client.” Says Kurt Totten, President of the Georgia Ice Hockey Officials Association. Other ACHA Teams which use GIHOA officials include Vanderbilt University, University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Alabama, Lipscomb University, Florida State University, University of Alabama-Birmingham and Auburn University.
You can find additional information on KSU Ice Hockey at http://KSUIceHockey.com
For more information about GIHOA email Hogan@GIHOA.net
Follow GIHOA on twitter https://twitter.com/GIHOA96

Thank you,

Atlanta Area USA Hockey Seminars for 2017-18 Season

Check the Seminars page for a list of locations and dates for upcoming seminars.



Rule Change Summary for 2017-2021 seasons

Click here to see the rule changes that were adopted for the 2017-2021 seasons.

New GIHOA Board for 2017-18 Season

At the elections last week, the following people were elected into these positions effective June 1st:
President - Kurt Totten
Vice President - Brian Cole
Treasurer - Paul Dixon
Secretary - Jim Hogan
Director of Training and Develpment - Matt Savino
Director of Personnel - Steven Waugh

Brian, Jim, and Steve are new to the board and we are excited to have them join us.  Retiring from the board are Shon Huettl, Scott Sanders, and Scott Eichenberger.  These gentlemen have put in countless hours into GIHOA and we thank them for their time and effort.  Scott Sanders spent a tremendous amount of time over the years to streamline processes, including going from an old check writing and mailing payroll system to the automatic direct deposit program we have now.  They are all still very much active officials in GIHOA.

The Board and Leadership Team are working on several growth initiatives, and as we are preparing for the upcoming season there will be announcements regarding new opportunities, seminars, etc.



Proposed Rule Changes for USA Hockey

Here is an article that talks about some of the proposed rule changes for USA Hockey for next year as well as some that were submitted and have been dismissed.



GIHOA is now on Facebook

Check out the new GIHOA Facebook page at the link below.


Arbiter Sports Mobile App

ArbiterSports now has a true mobile application. If you go to this link you can select the following:
Mobile application subscription rates:
1 year $7.95, 2 years $6.95, 3 years $5.95.

Arbiter Mobile Access
Get last minute assignments and accept them from anywhere through your smart phone. See game schedules and site addresses, view and accept games, update your availability, see game-day weather forecasts and even find phone numbers and addresses of your contacts, partners and assigners—all from your mobile device.

** Note the application is free to download, the cost is the subscription to Arbiter for the mobile access **



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