Wisconsin Hockey Officials Association

Dan VanAdestine Elected WHOA President

On November 10, 2018 the WHOA Board of Directors elected Dan VanAdestine (Green Bay) as the new WHOA President. Dan has served the WHOA as a Region 3 Director and will now lead the WHOA for the 2018-19 season. Dan can be contacted at president@wihoa.org

Important Official Registration Update

Officials who were completely registered for the 2017-18 season are eligible to officiate through November 30, 2018. Only officials who are completely registered with both the WHOA and USA Hockey for the 2018-19 season may officiate after November 30, 2018. If you have not completed the registration process for the 2018-19 season please do so as soon as possible so you are eligible to officiate games after November 30, 2018.

USA Hockey & WHOA Registration

The official’s registration process consists of two or three steps based on your age as of
August 1, 2018:

1. Register with USA Hockey
2. Complete a Background Screen (if required)
3. Select a WHOA Officiating seminar

General registration questions should be directed to your WHOA Region Director through e-mail. Questions regarding registration account issues, name changes, duplicate seminar registrations, etc. should be directed to Duffy Dyer (WHOA Education Coordinator). A detailed trouble-shooting guide can be found by clicking Trouble Shooting Guide.

Background Screening

All officials who are 18 years old as of August 1, 2018, are required to have a background screening done through WHOA every two seasons per USA Hockey SafeSport Policy. If your screen was done during the 2016-17 season, you must be re-screened this season. If an official does not have a current screen, he/she is ineligible officiate any USA Hockey games.

The WHOA has partnered with WAHA’s screening vendor, Protect Youth Sports, with the goal of providing timely and accurate service for officials and administrators. Effective immediately, Verified Volunteers is now replaced with
Protect Youth Sports.

We have created instructions for navigating their website.

You can also view your screening date in the WHOA Screening Database.

Please feel free to view the Background Screening Policy.


Are you still trying to recruit new officials for your association this season? USA Hockey has created two different recruitment brochures. One for Men and another for Women. Please feel free to share these on your bulletin boards, at registration nights or on social media

USA Hockey Playing Rule Change Summaries

The up-to-date rules summary and other pertinent information that will go into the Playing Rules Book is listed below.

*NEW* USA Hockey has published some rule clarifications in this FAQ Memo on the 2017-21 Playing Rule.

Playing Rule Comparison

USA Hockey has published the 2018-19 USAH-NCAA-NFHS Rules Comparison chart. This document lists the differences between all three rule books and can be a very good resource.