The Connecticut Hockey Conference is the governing body for USA Hockey in Connecticut
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Registration for the 2018-19 season is open.

The following seminars have been scheduled. Pre-registration via is required. Seating is limited.


USA Hockey Officiating Seminars in CT

Seminar Date




August 19, 2018

Newington Ice Arena, Newington, CT

Levels 1-3

Completed. 155 officials attended.

September 9, 2018

Shelton Rinks, Shelton, CT

Levels 1-3

Completed. 140 officials attended.

September 10, 2018

Newington Ice Arena, Newington, CT

Level 3 ONLY

Completed 50 officials attended.

September 24, 2018

Trinity College, Hartford, CT

Level 4 ONLY

Completed. 34 officials attended.

October 28, 2018

Canterbury School, New Milford, CT

Levels 1-3

Completed, 71 officials attended

November 5, 2018

Shelton Rinks, Shelton, CT

Level 3 ONLY


November 11, 2018

Shelton Rinks, Shelton, CT

Level 1 & 2 ONLY




Additional Level 4 seminars in New England:

September 5, 2018 in Auburn, ME

October 20, 2018 in White River Junction, VT

Seminar FAQs

What equipment should I bring for the on-ice portion of the seminar?

New Level 1 Officials: Bring player’s skates, a whistle (preferably a finger whistle), and a hockey helmet. Standard hockey official whistles are the Acme Thunderer and the Fox 40. A half shield or visor is recommended if you have one. Goalkeeper’s skates do not enable the agility required by an ice-hockey official and will make the on-ice drills very difficult. If you only have a full cage, you may wear it, but good luck blowing your whistle. Yes, the on-ice drills do involve blowing a whistle. Fear not though, you will not be the first camper to wear a full cage. The instructors will know what to do. Shorts are never appropriate for on-ice activities and are a particular pet peeve of both the CT Referee-in-Chief and the New England District Referee-in-Chief.

Returning Level 1 Officials: Bring all of your on-ice gear.

Level 2 Officials: Bring all of your on-ice gear.

Level 3 Officials: The Level 3 sessions as scheduled do not include ice time, so no gear is necessary.

Level 4 Officials: You will be taking a skating test, so bring all of your on-ice gear.

No one will be allowed on the ice at any level without a hockey helmet.  No exceptions. Shinpads and elbow pads are recommended because, well . . . ice is hard.

What should I bring for the classroom portion of the seminar?

Campers should bring the necessary on-ice equipment (see above), attention, enthusiasm, a willingness to participate, and something to take notes with.

I have to leave early or arrive late. Is that ok?

In a word, no. There is a lot of content presented during the seminar and we are on strict timelines with regard to ice sessions. Arriving late or leaving early will mean you miss out on content. We are only asking for six (four for levels 3 and 4) hours of your time once per season. All the instructors are volunteers and give up much more than six hours to educate the campers. Please show them the respect they deserve and show up on time and leave at the end. Please don’t put the CT Referee-in-Chief in the awkward position of saying No by asking to leave early. Nobody is happy about that answer. If you cannot attend the full session, please contact the to be transferred to another seminar.

If the seminar starts at 9am, what time should I be there?

The first topic will start promptly at the scheduled start time, so please give yourself enough time to check in, locate the class, pick out the most awesome seat available, and settle in. Thirty minutes prior would be a good time to shoot for.

When will I go on the ice?

Ice times vary by seminar. We try to cover topics such as icing and offsides in the classroom before we do the on-ice instruction for those subjects, so there is a good chance you will have at least an hour in the class before heading to the ice. The level 1 class is usually the most highly attended. We will run the class as one group and if the group is big enough, will split into two groups. One group will remain in class and the other group will hit the ice. The groups will then switch. Each group will get the same training. The groups will reunite as one to complete the day.

Do parents have to stay at the seminar with their young officials for the duration?

No, although they are welcome to do so. If there is room, and they want to learn about the game from a different perspective, they can “audit” the class that their child is attending. If space is at a premium, we will ask parents to give way to the registered campers and wait in a different area (or leave, if they so desire). Level 1 and 2 seminars are six hours and usually run 9am-3pm. Level 3 seminars are four hours and usually run 9am-1pm. The last 30 mins are for Q&A, wrap-up, and attendance (Level 1) and closed book testing (Level 2 & 3), so there is a possibility that the campers may be dismissed a bit early. Parents, try to be back to pick up your young camper 30 mins before the scheduled end time. Level 4 seminars are on an entirely different schedule. Contact the for more details if needed.

What happens if a parent is running late for pickup?

We’re not monsters - we will stay with your young camper until someone arrives to retrieve them. If you arrive more than 20 mins after the scheduled end time, a Dunkin' Donuts caramel swirl coffee with skim and sugar will make the CT Referee-in-Chief much happier.

Is lunch provided during the seminar?

No. You may bring food from home to eat during a break or hit the rink snack bar.

Will the seminar cost me anything?

Other than money you might want to bring for food and drink, there is no additional cost. The registration fees that you paid while registering with USA Hockey covers the cost of the seminar.


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