S.H.O. Officiating Academy

Interested in becoming an Ice Hockey Referee but do not know where to begin or feel ready? Sign up for a 1-night seminar with Seacoast Hockey Officials in your local area to learn and train to become a certified Referee for the Association.

S.H.O. will teach you everything you need in 1-night through an in-class seminar, followed by a on-ice training session by certified and experience Officials that officiate at the highest levels; Juniors, NCAA and Professional. Feel confident knowing you are learning from the best in the region, not just volunteers!

Seacoast has partnered with local hockey store, TSR Hockey, to help our new and current Officials buy their new Ref gear with ease! After completing the registration process, there will be a link to click to direct you to the S.H.O. Ref Equipment & Apparel Store. You will receive gear at a competitive price compared to other online stores!

What are you waiting for? No better part-time job that offers you good side money and exercise during the week nights!





Requirement to enroll in a seminar must be 18 years of age.

Participants who are 17 years old may register with the permission of Adult allowing them to work Adult Hockey for the Association.

What Will I Learn?

Attending a "Beginner Level" Seminar will teach you the basic knowledge an Ice Hockey Official will need to know to be successful in a game:

  • Duties (Pregame, During, Post)
  • Positioning
  • Rules
  • Penalties
  • Communication (Partner & Players)


Locations are TBD.

Seacoast is currently looking to host seminars in the following locations:

  • Braintree, MA
  • Bridgewater, MA
  • Marlboro, MA
  • Middleton, MA
  • Tewksbury, MA
  • Wellesley, MA
  • Walpole / Foxboro, MA
  • Worcester, MA


Seminars will be offered throughout the year. There are no "Set" seminars in a location at this time.

Length of each Seminar will last from 5:30pm - 11pm. This will include:

  • 3.5 hours of in-class
  • 1 hour of on-ice

Cost of Seminar

S.H.O. Members: $25.00 USD

Non-Members: $50.00 USD

  • The cost will cover your spot to attend the in-class seminar and on-ice session.

**This will also cover your 'S.H.O. Annual Dues' for the current season as a "Silver Tier Member".

IF you wish to change to "Gold Tier", an addition of $75.00 will be owed once you begin. (2) payment installment will be offered.

Purchase Ref Gear!

Still need Referee Gear? Not to worry!

Once you have registered to the Seminar of your choice, you will be directed to our S.H.O. Equipment Store powered by TSR Hockey! Once confirmed as a Registered Participant, you will be eligible to purchase gear at a competitive price and decide to have it delivered to your house for a shipping fee or handed to you at the seminar you attend.

How To Register

Right hand side of screen are Seminars currently offered.

Please find a Seminar you wish to attend and click "Register" to begin your process in becoming an Official for Seacoast!

Extra Costs

Dinner will NOT be provided. Please bring a meal or have a plan in place to eat in between the in-class and on-ice sessions!

  • Each Rink may or may not have a snack bar or restaurant to order from!


S.H.O. Seminars DO NOT give credit for attending an USA Hockey Referee Seminar. IF you wish to work USA Hockey events, you must register and attend an USA Hockey Seminar!

This is subject to change PER USA HOCKEY RIC's approval!

Frequently Asked Questions

I registered for a Seminar, but can no longer attend. What is the refund policy?

Seacoast understands life can get in the way and re-scheduling to attend a seminar may be needed. No Problem! We will credit you and get you enrolled into another Seminar for another night.

IF you no longer wish to attend a Seminar, you will be refunded 50% of your payment. IF you cancel under 48 hours, no refund will be given as the money received goes directly to renting ice and location to hold seminar.

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Beginner Seminar | Salem, NH

Beginner Seminar for Officials

When:           August 3rd, 2022

Location:     Salem Icenter | Salem, NH

Check-in:     5:00pm

Begin:           5:30pm

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