Wisconsin Hockey Officials Association

WHOA Seminar Hosting

With state play-off weekend behind us, it is time for associations to think about hosting a WHOA Officiating Seminar in the fall of 2018. While it may seem early to be thinking about next season when the current season has not yet finished, setting up seminars to meet the needs of your officials takes a fair amount of time and effort by a number of individuals. WHOA would like to announce seminar dates for the fall of 2018 no later than May 15, 2018, allowing individuals adequate time over the summer to plan seminar attendance next fall (seminars typically run from mid-August through the first weekend in November).

If your association is willing to host a seminar, an authorized representative of your association should contact your WHOA Region Director. WHOA Region Directors will discuss plans with you and guide you through the brief seminar application process. WHOA also encourages associations in each region or associations in neighboring regions in close proximity to one another to collaborate when hosting seminars. This approach often helps reduce costs associated with hosting seminars while maintaining a high level of accessibility in a given area.

WHOA would also like to thank the many associations who have hosted officiating seminars over the years. Through the hard work and generosity of host associations, WHOA is able to provide high quality seminars while maintaining some of the lowest state registration fees in the nation.

Thank you for your continued support of WHOA - we look forward to hearing your hosting plans in the very near future!

WHOA Development Camp

WHOA is proud to announce our annual Officials Development Camp will be held on March 24 and March 25 at Cornerstone Community Center in Green Bay. WHOA is seeking female and male officials willing to learn more about officiating and bring information back to their local association.

Camp will consist of classroom, on-ice, and game experience utilizing the one referee and two linesman system. All game experience is evaluated by officials with experience working games at college or junior levels. Previous camp attendees have gone on to officiate college, junior, minor professional, and IIHF games.

The ideal applicant will be 16-26 years old with a strong desire to learn more about officiating, primarily in the one referee and two linesman system. Experience in the one referee and two linesman system is not required as this camp is developmental in nature. To apply, simply fill out the Application Form.

Questions regarding camp can be directed to your WHOA Region Director or the WHOA Education Coordinator, Duffy Dyer. You may contact Duffy via e-mail or phone (218-349-0327).

WAHA/WHOA State Tournament Eligible Officials

The list of approved State Tournament Officials has been published for 2018 Playoffs and State Tournaments. Remember, only officials who are on this list may be used to officiate those games. An official not being included on the list does not necessarily indicate they are not fully complete for 2017-18 season but it may be a good indication.

Please reach out to one of your Region Directors if you have any questions.

WHOA Board of Directors Changes

At the WHOA Annual meeting, an expansion of the board was approved by the general membership. Each region will now have two Directors resulting in an expansion of three overall directors. Our three current At-Large Directors are now Directors within their respective regions.

We also have two new directors in Region 1, Taylor Willert and Dan Heldt. These two will replace Travis Ahlberg on the board. We would like to thank Travis for his number of years of service to the board while welcoming our newly appointed directors. We have also added Patrick McMahon in Region 5 as part of the expansion.

*Update* Justin Peters has been added to the Board of Directors as our 2nd Region 2 Director. Please help us welcome all our new board members and look for them to at your local ice arena's.

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.

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.

Background Screening

All officials who are 18 years old are required to have a background screening done through WHOA. If an official does not have a current screen, he/she may not officiate any USA Hockey games in the state of Wisconsin. Any person turning 18 during the season will also need to complete a background screening or they will not be eligible to officiate.

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.

SafeSport Education Program

*NEW* The SafeSport Refresher course (which is approximately 35 minutes long) will only be available until approximately September 18th, after which the training will transition to the Center for SafeSport’s platform and all persons taking training will be required to complete the new, full course (which will be approximately 90 minutes long).

As part of USA Hockey's continued effort to create a safe playing environment for all participants, those officials who are 18 years of age or older (as of August 1 of the current registration season) are required to complete an online SafeSport Education Program every two seasons. The online program is free of charge.

You will need your current USA Hockey Membership Registration Confirmation Number (not your Officials Number) to complete training. Registration confirmation numbers can be obtained at the main USA Hockey Registration page.

WAHA Development Conference

At the WAHA Annual Meeting, WHOA gave a presentation pertaining to the recruitment, retention, continued education and assignment of officials.