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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.

Here is the presumed schedule for Seminars,  this site will be updated as ice time and classroom availability are confirmed.

The following have been completed;

Sioux Falls,  Aberdeen,  Mitchell, Huron, Yankton, Pierre



10/20/17; Aberdeen Classroom makeup session;

     5:30 PM-10 PM  Aberdeen Hockey Assn.

10/21/17; Watertown Level 1-3

     Classroom 9 am- 1pm, AFLAC Office 113 5th St SE

     Ice Session 2 pm-330 pm, Maas Arena

10/21/17; Brookings Level 1/2

Classroom, 8am Larson Ice Center

Ice session, 1:30pm-3:00 pm

924 32nd Ave, Brookings

10/22/17; Brookings Level 2/3

Classroom 8am

924 32nd Ave, Brookings

11/04/17; Rapid City Level 1/2

Classroom 8am; West River Electric Community Room

3250 E Hwy 44, Rapid City

Ice location TBD; 1:30pm-3:00pm

11/05/17; Rapid City Level 2/3

Classroom 8am; West River Electric Community Room

3250 E Hwy 44, Rapid City

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;