Wisconsin Hockey Officials Association

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 in the 2016-17 season, you must be re-screened. If an official does not have a current screen, he/she is ineligible officiate any USA Hockey games in the state of Wisconsin.

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

Level 4 Seminar Update

After careful consideration, WHOA will move ahead with a pilot program for the 2018 Level 4 seminar. All teaching materials will be presented online and must be completed on a pre-determined date prior to the September 30 seminar date.

The skating and closed book examinations will be conducted on September 30 in the Madison area. At this point, WHOA is finalizing ice time and subsequently a location for the closed book exam. Announcements will be posted on the WHOA website as more information becomes available. Even though the teaching materials will be presented online, you must sign up for the Level 4 seminar in the WHOA seminar system just as you have signed up for seminars in previous years. Please contact Duffy Dyer, WHOA Education Coordinator or 218-349-0327 with questions.

2018-19 Seminar Schedule

WHOA is proud to announce WHOA/USA Hockey Officiating Seminars for the 2018-19 season. Seminars begin in mid-August and conclude in mid-November at various locations throughout the state. All seminars will be for Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 officials except those listed below:
  • 9/30/18: This is a Level 4 seminar only. WHOA has not yet set a location as WHOA is working on an online pilot for Level 4 officials. WHOA is not sure if online level four will be a reality for the 18-19 season and will make a decision on a seminar location no later than July 1, allowing officials ample time in planning their fall schedule.
  • 10/27/18: The seminar held in Green Bay is the annual invitation only Level 1 seminar known as the Zebra Cup for Green Bay area officials. Green Bay area officials interested in attending the Zebra Cup should work through their local officials association for further information.
  • 11/18/18: Dodgeville will be hosting a Level 1 and Level 2 seminar geared toward officials who participated in fall hockey or officials who experience a last minute change in their winter status (e.g. were unexpectedly selected for the varsity team). The Dodgeville seminar is also a great opportunity for adults to become involved in officiating once they know what teams their children will be participating on for the season! Note: Due to required processing time and close proximity to December 1, Level 2 officials attending this seminar may not receive their 2018-19 card/crest by December 1 and may not be eligible to officiate.
Registration for seminars will begin on August 2, 2018. Further registration instructions will be posted closer to registration opening. Questions regarding WHOA/USA Hockey seminars should be directed to your WHOA Region Directors or Duffy Dyer, the WHOA Education Coordinator. Duffy can also be reached by phone at 218-349-0327.

The complete Seminar Schedule is now available.

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 2017-18 USAH-NCAA-NFHS Rules Comparison chart. This document lists the differences between all three rule books and can be a very good resource.