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Information for Referees


If you plan to be a referee this season and have plans to complete all of the steps to become an official, please e-mail
Mike Hester ( with the following information:

 Name
 Ref Level
 Age
 E-mail address
 Cell phone number
 If under the age of 18 please give me one parent/guardian contact information (Name, email, phone#)

NEW FOR 2019-2020 SEASON

We are in the process of trying to coordinate Referee assignments for more of the North Shore officials through the same game assignment program.

This is an exciting time and the hope is that we will have a larger pool of officials and more options in one locations for officials to choose games at multiple rinks that may fit better with the needs of their own personal schedules as well as the demands of the team schedules especially at the higher level games.

So new to this year is when officials log on to request games you will see multiple rinks and game assignment options.

We will be trying to organize game assignments with both junior and senior officials when possible. This is not always possible, but the goal is to be supportive and help teach each official how to become a better official as you progress through your officiating career.

In addition we will hold a training camp for new officials at the beginning of the season as well as promote attendance with more advanced referee camps/symposiums that are headed by USA Hockey as well as Wisconsin Hockey Officials Association after the end the season.

How to Become an Official

Registration for the upcoming season opened nationwide on August 1, so you can now register to become an official for the 2019-20 season. 


You need to complete the following steps to become an official: 

  1. Register with our local affiliate (Wisconsin Hockey Officials Association) for a pre-season officiating seminar, and attend the seminar. (
  2. Register with USA Hockey as an on-ice official.  (
  3. Complete the online module portion of the seminar. 
  4. Pass an online exam (Level 1) or a closed book exam (higher levels).
  5. If you are 18 years or older you must be screened and complete Safe Sport training. 


Once you have successfully completed all these steps, you will be registered as an official and may then officiate games. Please make sure that you let Mike Hester ( know when you have completed the requirements so that we can add you to our list of available officials.

Referee Finances

The OYHA has implemented the following policies regarding referee pay:

  • Payroll will be processed via direct deposit into the referee or his/her parents/designee savings/checking account. Approximately 1 per month.
  1. 24 hour cancellation pay—if a scheduled game was not cancelled within 24 hours of the start time, the referee still gets paid. 

  2. If one referee has to do a game by themselves, the referee gets paid 1.5 times pay scale.



NOTE: It is important that all game reports be made as soon as possible while all information is fresh in the officials’
mind following a game. Please have all game reports submitted within 24 hours of the end of a game.  

Incident/Game Reports are filed on the WHOA website under Game reporting tab on the home page. Game Reports are not to be filed using the USA Hockey Reporting System at USA All Wisconsin Game reports are to be made on the website.

If you have any issues with this or any questions, please contact Mike Hester directly at or call Mike at 262-215-2050.

Coaches/Spectators/Player Internal Incident Reports

To All Association Members:

We strive to have the best trained officials and work diligently to make sure that we are calling honest and unbiased games at all levels. We also realize that not everything that happens prior to a game, during a game, after a game, in a locker room, or outside the rink area is an incident that can be seen, and actioned upon by an official.

That is why we have created the Incident Report Form below that allows, coaches, spectators, players and even officials to notify the committee of actions that you may have observed that you feel need to be known to the committee.