Welcome Message from the Referee in Chief

    Welcome Message from the Referee in Chief

    Welcome to the Mid-American (Mid-Am) District officiating website. Mid-Am is a multi-state District covering the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and the western half of Pennsylvania from State College to the Ohio border. The eastern half of Pennsylvania, from Harrisburg east to the New Jersey border is in the Atlantic District.

    Mid-Am currently has 1,700 registered officials. The local officiating staff currently consists of eighteen (18) Local Supervisors of Officials, five of whom act as State Directors. Local Supervisors assist in carrying out Referee-in-Chief duties including officials’ registration, seminars, incident reports, disciplinary hearings, evaluations, advancement and serve as a local point of contact for officials, leagues and administrators. They have good hands-on knowledge of their local areas and are available to advise and assist our officials in all aspects. They are your first and often the best resource.

    We are currently in the registration and seminar season for the 2016-17 hockey season. Returning officials will notice improvements to the registration process, seminars (both in attendance at our live seminars and the on-line seminar) and both the open and closed book rules exams.

    If you are new to officiating, referee registration is separate from player or coach registration. The process begins on the USA Hockey website under the Officials tab. The website will walk you through the initial registration and live seminar registration. On-line seminars and the open book rules exam will be accessible through links from USA Hockey sent to you via email the day after your initial registration is processed. Please refer to the “Become an Official” on this website for more information.

    Welcome or welcome back to the rewarding and exciting role of an on-ice hockey official. Prepare thoroughly, work hard, respect the game and the other participants, perform your duties according to USA Hockey instructions, provide a safe, fair game experience for all and have fun being an active participant in the sport of ice hockey.

    Please feel free to contact me with your concerns. In conjunction with the Local Supervisors, we will do our best to address them in the proper fashion.

    See you around the rinks.


    Jim Weaver

    Mid-Am District Referee-in-Chief

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