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New Officials who attended the January 3rd Seminar Please Note: make sure I get your contact information and a completed W-4 so you can get paid. I need these before I can assign games!

I'm getting emails from USA Hockey about having a large number of officials that are not fully registered yet. Let's get our registrations done for the 2014-15 season ASAP!! We have some district tournaments coming up end of January, mid February. I cannot use incomplete officials for these.

Thanks for getting two of the jerseys back. Still missing at least one or two others. I still strongly urge you to purchase your own. You can usually get 1/2 to 1/4 of your money back depending on age and condition when you don't need it any more..

To all high school players, please dress in the referee room for games you are officiating. It is better for your partners and the guys before and after your games. It is also a condition of your employment (if you get my drift.)

Keep up the good work, let's look sharp and hustle out there, boys!

Official Registration Requirements

The Calumet Hockey Association only employs officials that are registered with USA Hockey.  Registration at USAHockey.com usually opens August 1st. In order to become an official, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Be at least 11 years of age.
  2. Complete USA Hockey official's registration on-line at USAHockey.com and pay your registration fee via credit card on their website. Note: This is a separate registration process from your player registration. Registration, payment, seminar attendance sign-up and open book exam are now done on-line. Online registration usually opens August 1st. If it is your first year officiating do not take your online exam until after the Seminar.
  3. Register for the seminar you wish to attend. (Note: this does not automatically happen when you pay your registration fee, it is another step that is required.) This is also done online at the USA Hockey website. Seminars are held in Calumet and Marquette. Go to the Michigan Referee-In-Chief's webpage for dates and times (see link below).
  4. Attend a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar. The local seminar is generally held in early to mid-October. The Marquette seminar in mid to late September. Look for time and place at www.michiganreferee.com (see link below) after August 1. Bring your helmet, whistle, skates, protective gear, notebook, a #2 pencil and money for lunch. The seminar fee is included in your USA Hockey Registration fee. Seminar pre-registration is required online, this is a separate and additional registration process. The link for the seminar is also on the Michigan Referee-in-Chief web page (see link below). Levels 2, 3, & 4 will take a closed book exam at the seminar.
  5. Officials 18 years of age or older must complete a background check at http://mahascreening.sportngin.com/ and bring a printed copy of the email that you have accomplished this to the seminar. There is a $10 fee for this (payable online), but it is good for 2 years. Again, a link for this form is posted at the Michigan RIC web page (see link below) and also under the Registration page of this website. Look for the Coaching Background Check link.
  6. If over 18, complete the online referee seminar training and also SafeSport training at USA Hockey. You will receive information about these in the email from USA Hockey once you register.
  7. Complete the on-line open book test and achieve a passing score for the level for which you are applying.
  8. Once you are completely registered and have received your card and patch, contact Marc Norton, Calumet Hockey Association Referee Assignor. Game assignments are scheduled by him, and are done so on a weekly basis. His cell is 370-1300, business phone 337-1300, or email him at refassign@charter.net. New officials and those that haven't been on the CHA payroll for a season must fill out a MI-W4 (see pdf below). No W-4, and you do your games for free. It's not my rule, it's the accountants who write the checks.
  9. Returning officials are reminded that their registration must be completed prior to November 30 to be preferred to be assigned games after that date.

If you would like more information or have questions about becoming an official or would like to know what to expect, please contact Marc. Business phone: 337-1300; cell: 370-1300; email: refassign@charter.net. Information regarding registration, seminar schedules, seminar registration and the background check may be found at this website: http://www.michiganreferee.com/

Contact Info and W-4

Below you will find a link for a downloadable pdf of the contact sheet and MI-W4 tax form.

If you want me to assign you games, I will need your contact information. Assignments are given via email, unless you specifically tell me to call. The email should be one that you check often and list the best phone number(s) at which you can be reached. (Under 18 officials please get your parents permission as to which phone and email you give me.)

New officials, I cannot, and will not assign games until I get the W-4. I cannot assign games to officials who are not complete, so get those tests done and watch those online modules, boys!

Note: Normally I send out assignments by Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. If I do not get a reply by Tuesday night I will assign the game to someone else.


Marc Norton

Online Game Reports

If you should happen to assess a game misconduct or match penalty you must submit an online game report within 48 hours. Go to the Michigan Referee-in-Chief's web page, the instructions for finding the game report page are there. (The link for the report page is on your referee status page at usahockey.com)

You must have the head coaches phone numbers. It will be best if you have them put their phone number on the score sheet before the game starts.

Here's a link for the Michigan Referee-in-Chief's webpage: http://www.michiganreferee.com/