The registration process for 2020-21 has changed. Returning officials must read steps 1-3 and should review the remaining steps. New officials should read all steps carefully before beginning the registration process. The steps below are the recommended best practice for completing your registration process in a timely fashion and getting on the ice as quickly as possible. Registration for seminars and payment of WHOA registration fees will begin July 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM. To see a list of seminars, click here.
- You must register with USA Hockey and pay your USA Hockey fee prior to selecting a seminar or paying your WHOA registration fee. Click here to be taken to the USA Hockey registration site. If required, USA Hockey will conduct your background check (new in 2020). You must have a digital copy of your driver's license or government-issued identification as part of the background check process.
- When asked to register for a seminar, please continue to the USA Hockey seminar registration site and register for your seminar (new in 2020). Write down the name and level of the seminar you registered for. YOU MUST PAY YOUR WHOA REGISTRATION FEE TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WORK GAMES IN WISCONSIN. PLEASE PROCEED TO STEP 3.
- WHOA registration fees will be collected beginning July 21. To pay your WHOA registration fee, you must first be registered with USA Hockey as an official. WHOA receives USA Hockey registration data on a daily basis. In most cases, WHOA has your USA Hockey registration data approximately 24 hours after you register. In some instances, the process can take up to 48 hours. Please register with USA Hockey well in advance of attempting to pay your WHOA Registration Fee. Click: PAY WHOA REGISTRATION FEE to pay your WHOA Registration Fee. Please select the same seminar level and name that you used in the USA Hockey seminar registration system.
- Complete your SafeSport module if required. Any official with a 2003 birthdate or older must complete SafeSport on a yearly basis (new for 2020). You may complete SafeSport while awaiting the results of your background check (if background check is required).
- Complete your USA Hockey online video modules. This is a great way to ease into the season. Online modules introduce many of the materials covered in the open book exam, closed book exam, and at your seminar. Please note: Level 1 officials have 60 days to complete from the time you access your first module; Level 2-4 officials have 45 days to complete from first access time.
- Download and print your USA Hockey open book exam. Look up EVERY question as the exam tests what is in the rulebook versus common misconceptions. After you have answered every question off-line, enter your answers into the online exam. Record your answers carefully. If you answer a question incorrectly, make notes on your paper copy. If you achieve a passing score, you will be notified of such. If you do not, you will also be notified. Please note you must wait seven (7) days before the USA Hockey system will allow you to complete your re-take exam. You are allowed only one (1) re-take exam.
- Attend your WHOA seminar. Closed book testing will NOT be administered at any seminar. Level 2, 3, and 4 officials will receive a closed book test code from USA Hockey after your seminar administrator has closed the seminar and submitted attendance to USA Hockey. Your should receive the closed book test code within 48 hours of completing your seminar. Level 1 officials must have skates, helmet with half-shield, and a whistle while all other officials must have full officiating gear if attending an on ground seminar.
- Level 2, 3, and 4 ONLY: Once you begin your modified closed book exam, you must finish the exam in the same session. You CANNOT log out and return at a later time to complete it. Also, you cannot print the modified closed book exam. If you have questions about the modified closed book exam, please email the WHOA Education Coordinator BEFORE STARTING THE MODIFIED CLOSED BOOK EXAM.
- If you are a Wisconsin resident who is registering with WHOA and you wish to attend a seminar outside of Wisconsin, you must obtain permission to do so, PRIOR to attending the seminar (per WAHA rules). Please email the WHOA Education Coordinator at least one week prior to your seminar date.
- If you live outside of the Central District (IL, MO, IA, KS, NE) and wish to register with WHOA, please access your USA Hockey profile and share your registration data with the Central District. You must complete this process ensuring WAHA/WHOA has correct information for the current season. If you need help completing this process, click here.
- Wait for your card/crest to arrive in the mail. Prior to November 15, your card/crest will arrive 7-10 days after you complete ALL requirements. On or after November 15, it will take 14-17 days for your card/crest to arrive. Solicit game assignments after November 15 carefully if you do not have your current card/crest (see #12 below).
- Returning officials who completed their USA Hockey and WHOA registrations last year can officiate games until November 30. On or after December 1, you must have a current season card/crest. All other officials must have a current season card/crest before officiating any games.
- Officials seeking state play-off and/or state tournament assignments must complete their USA Hockey and WHOA registration process prior to 11:59 PM on December 31. Please keep in mind USA Hockey uses third party vendors for portions of the registration process and may not update USA Hockey prior to the cut-off. It is strongly recommended officials complete ALL portions of the registration process prior to December 23, ensuring ample time for updates.
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). Correspondence should include the following information:
1. First name, Middle Initial, and Last Name.
2. Your date of birth.
3. Seminar location and date of attendance.
4. Screen shots of your USA Hockey profile showing all steps of the officiating process.