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Referee Information


Registration is open, seminars are scheduled.  We have some changes this year, as the USA Hockey Officiating Education Program will now have an online component, as well as SafeSport training through the USOC.  If you completed SafeSport last year, this training will not be required until next year, as we must renew this every 2nd year.   Background checks are still required, but will now be completed through this website(See main page).   AS ALWAYS... we can use more officials, now and for the future.  PLEASE... grab a friend, help sell our program to others that might be interested in officiating.  Remind them of the benefits and fun of officiating, and stack it up against almost any part time job!   Bring them to seminar, we'll get them going.

Which seminar should you attend?

Basic seminar- new, level 1 and 1st year level 2 officials  Classroom & Ice  

Advanced seminar- returning level 2 and all level 3 officials Classroom only


Basic Oct 4th Sioux Falls  900am-300pm  Sanford Hospital Main Aud.  classroom        315-515   Ice Plex

AdvanceOct 5th SIoux Falls 900am-200pm  Sanford Hospital Main Auditorium

Basic Oct 11th Rapid City 800am-100pm SDSU West River Ag Center (Class) 130 pm - 330pm City Ice Arena

Advanced Oct 12th Rapid City  800am-100pm  SDSU West River Ag Center

Basic Oct 18thYankton 800-200pm Physician's Office Pavillion-Avera Class      200-400pm Ice Arena


Basic  Oct 25th Aberdeen 800-2pm Ramkota Inn   classroom                         200-400 Ice arena

Basic Pierre  Oct 26th  800-200pm Ice Arena Board room  classroom               200-400pm  Ice arena

Basic Brookings Nov1st 800-200pm  Larson Ice Center Boardroom classroom 200-400pm Ice arena

Advanced  Brookings Nov 2nd  800am-100pm  Larson Ice Center Boardroom

Basic  Watertown  Nov 8th  800am-200pmOld Armory 1900 W Kemp- class   200p-400pm Ice Arena

Basic Nov 9th Mitchell  900-3pm Mitchell Middle School                                  300-500pm Ice Arena


REMEMBER..... ALL Game Misconduct and match penalties must be reported through the USA Hockey Incident reporting system (instruction sheet below).   Any Match Penalty assessment should also be reported to the SDAHA RIC ASAP!  Use mobile phone number at bottom of page to advise of Match Penalty immediately after game.

Feedback for Referee Performance


Please click here for email form

Coaches; please provide feedback for a referee's performance.   Please provide specific information that can used in a constructive manner to improve officiating within the SDAHA.   Unreasonable, non-specific comments or personal attacks will not be considered as constructive and may not be acted upon.   This is a trial use, so please try to make it a useful tool.  Thanks for your input and cooperation.

Cut and paste the information below into your email browser if the link above does not work and email to drsorensen@swiftel.net

Feedback for Referee Performance

Coaches name/email address/phone =
Team and game level(PW, GJV< VAR date of game/ final score =
Officials assigned =
Rate officials 1(poor) to 5(excellent) on following:
Hustle/effort =
Positioning =
Rule knowledge/interpretation =
Game management =
Comments =


Please not that the SDAHA board has asked that we work checking league games with a 4 official system as staffing constraints allow.  See manual above for USA Hockey's guide to that system.

RIC Notes- check back often for updates

 Please feel free to contact me at below e mail address for any assistance with registration, online testing or questions about how to get games scheduled.


If you have questions about reffing, please contact Doug Sorensen RIC   605/691-1875 email drsorensen@swiftel.net