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South Dakota will have "Virtual Seminars" Available;

They are scheduled for 10/24/20;
Level 1 seminar, 9 AM Central Start time;
Level 2 seminar, 1 PM Central Start time
And 10/25/20;
Level 3 Virtual Seminar, 10 AM Central Start time
USAH Registration page listed below;
The Zoom link is provided in the Officiating registration.  Students will need to pre-register, as "seats" are limited.  If any student has issues getting registered, they can contact

Registration and Seminars

USA Hockey registration opened on June 1st.  The later in the year your local seminar is, the more important it is that you complete your online education (online modules and Safesport, if applicable).  As the season begins, the time crunch may result in your registrations lapsing if you do not have all of your "homework" complete by seminar time.

Seminars are changing, but there will still be some on-site seminars available.  We will be providing online "Zoom" seminars for those unable to make in-person seminars.


IN PERSON SEMINARS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE, USAH Registration site will have those updated. 

SIOUX FALLS seminar has been postponed, and will be covered as a virtual seminar.  If you registered for this seminar prior to 9/7/20, you received an email noting the changes.

We will be moving to a statewide virtual seminar offered through zoom on Oct 24th. All officials are encouraged to reserve that date for their seminar requirement.  We may be adding further virtual seminars as needed. 

If you cannot make that date work, Minnesota is offering seminars virtually through zoom every weekend from now until the start of the hockey season. You can view those dates here:
*scroll down and search by state "MN"
For those that have already planned on the Sioux Falls seminar this coming weekend, you are encouraged to take part in the virtual seminar being offered by the crew at USA Hockey in Colorado. Use the same link above and search by state for "CO" and you'll find that link.
***Remember, you have to pre-register for your seminar, so once you find the seminar you plan to attend, click the "register" on the right hand side and fill in your information. You will have to stay logged on for the duration, as the instructors will pull the report at the end of each seminar to verify all those who attended. 

Advanced Officiating Opportunites

To Be Updated as events open.

Officiating Education

Please keep track of USA Hockey's Clip of the week.  This weekly publication will often cover points of emphasis, and provides guidance on the standard that should be used when calling games.

Parents, coaches, players, and officials can all learn from these clips.


Also useful are the Officiating Development Program's (ODP) videos that show calls from around the NAHL and USHL.  While the penalty options may differ in youth leagues, the calls made are generally to the same enforcement standard expected at the Youth level.  Please keep an eye on these videos, too.


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 email listed to advise of Match Penalty immediately after game.

Also, major penalties included in the aggressive category should be reported in the game reporting system.  (Rule 411)

South Dakota Referee In Chief

Cade Bloomenrader of Rapid City has been appointed as the Refereee In Chief for the SDAHA.  

If you have questions on rule interpretations, testing process or the test itself, registration, or any other issues that arise during the season, please feel free to contact him at;