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Stripes - The USA Hockey Officiating Newsletter
Retaining officials, a USA Hockey priority
Many sports across the board have begun to see a decline in their number of officials. USA Hockey is no different, with numbers lagging slightly behind player growth. With that in mind, USA Hockey has made a particularly concerted effort over the last couple of years to incentivize officials to stick around. Not surprisingly that was the main topic discussed at the annual USA Hockey's Winter Meetings, according to National Referee-in-Chief Dave LaBuda. READ MORE »
Video of the month
Is the substitution legal?
Q and A
Playing it safe
No one wants to see anyone get hurt on the ice. As officials, it's our job to make sure players, coaches and fans are in a safe (and fun) environment. But even then, there is only so much we can do to ensure that safety. Luckily, the responsibility isn't solely ours. New safety initiatives and focuses at USA Hockey have helped cradle on-going efforts to ensure the safest possible environment for everyone involved in the game. READ MORE »
New Rulebook app available for download
Use your cellphone off the ice to make the right call while you're on the ice. The USA Hockey Mobile Rulebook is the digital version of the current USA Hockey Rulebook. Gain immediate access to rules, descriptions, casebook examples, videos and more. READ MORE »
Body-checking standard of play
Officials must set a high enforcement standard for the rules of the game, especially when it comes to body-checking. The purpose of a body check should be separating the opponent from the puck. When a player goes beyond that purpose, officials must intervene. READ MORE »
Quote of the week
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"We are starting to see some movement in that retention area. It seems like every sport is experiencing a critical loss of officials to work their sport. We are hoping that these changes in the registration process will help us retain more officials down the road. It's been a positive step in the right direction so far."
— Dave LaBuda —
National Referee-in-Chief
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