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Referee Information

Registration and Seminars

USA Hockey registration opens on August 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.

PLEASE CHECK FOR CHANGES, this site will supersede USA Hockey in regards to any differences.

If you are unable to register online, be sure to arrive early enough to get signed in at the seminar, 30 minutes ahead of start time.

Sioux Falls

September 22, 2018.  Large conference room at Scheels Ice Plex, 09:00 AM-Lunch, Class room.  Ice time from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM.  This session is designed for level 1 and 2 officials.

September 23, 2018.  Large Conference room.  Scheels Ice Plex, 09:00 AM- Lunch, classroom.  This session is designed for Experienced Level 2 and Level 3 officials.


October 13, 2018.  Odde Arena board Room 09:00 AM-Lunch, classroom.  Ice Time From 12:30=2:30.  This is designed for Level 1 and 2 Officials.


October 27, 2018.  Parks and Rec Field House 09:00 AM- Lunch, classroom.  Ice Time from 12:30-2:30.  This is designed for Level 1 and 2 Officials.

October 6, 2018. Larson Ice Arena, Level 1 and 2 9AM-Lunch, Ice time from 1-3 PM

October 7, 2018. Larson Ice Arena Level 2 and 3 9AM-Lunch


November 3, 2018.  Mitchell Ice Arena 9AM-Lunch, Ice from 1-3 PM


October 13, 2018. Arena, 9AM-Lunch, Ice from 1-3 PM


10/20/18, Level 1-3.  Arena, 9 AM class, Ice from 1-3 PM

Rapid City

10/20/18 Level 1 and 2 Classroom at West River Electric 9 AM-1230.  Ice time from 130-330

10/21/18, Level 2 and 3 Classroom at West River Electric 9 AM


10/06/18; PAYSA.  9AM Classroom, Ice from 1-3 PM

Advanced Officiating Opportunites

Northern Plains District has been offered 2 slots for officials to work an NAPHL (18U and 16U, Tier 1 Club) showcase event in Blaine, Minnesota.  This will occur on Nov 30- December 3.  Some expenses will be paid by USA Hockey, and SDAHA will help with some others. 

  • Hotel covered by the NAPHL 
  • USA Hockey compensates either “up to $200.00 in airfare” or “$0.20 per mile, up to 500 miles ($100.00)”
  • No per diem or hospitality room (officials are on their own for food)
  •  The officials will work 2 – 3 games per day in the 3 Official system.  Game fees will be paid.
  • Two supervisors at each event, including one assigned by the ODP (good showcase opportunity).

This is a competetive process and spaces are limited for officials.  If you have interest in these events, please contact RIC Bloomenrader as soon as you can.

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 new 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;