GLHO Group Meeting information 2019 – 2020

  • It is strongly recommended that you attend one or all of these sessions.

  • Does NOT qualify for USA HOCKEY seminar credit

  •  2019 – 2020 Local Group Clinics – These do not qualify as USAH seminar credits.

  • Completed… Current officials bring full gear… new officials need skates, helmet & finger whistle

  • Please keep your current contact information for 2019 – 2020 on the Horizon Web Ref scheduling system updated.

Pending – TBA

Completed – Thanks to Dan O’Halloran for helping us run the on ice.


All referees are reminded that game assignments are based on performance, and adherence to the “New Standard”.

Working hard, maintaining the “New Standard” to the best of your ability, having a good attitude and good presence on the ice will result in the continued opportunity to officiate games.



We DO NOT charge you to belong to our group. Our only criteria in working for us is professionalism, hustle, making and being on time for your assignments and doing the very best job you can do.

2019/2020  Scheduling    (click pic for quick link)

Submit your requests, availability and based on the appropriate affiliated sanctioning guidelines.     Requests should be in the form of the date and time frame you are available for assignments.  Specific requests (other than those posted games as singles or by the scheduling guidelines) will be ignored.  This will again be  explained in each of our local officials meetings. This information should be noted in your calendar notes.

 Game confirmations will be sent to your email address for games scheduled .  Once received, you must review and acknowledge back to us by confirming your assignment(s) that we are all in agreement, return/turn back any game(s) in conflict.   Remember, once you accept the games – they will be your responsibility for coverage.  NEVER – replace a game assignment with a less qualified or underage official!


Important Notice: If you take an assignment and it has been confirmed by you – you are responsible to find an equivalent or higher level official to cover if you cannot make an assignment in an emergency situation.  Time permitting – you must return/turn back the game back to the scheduler for re-assignment.  NO EXCEPTIONS !  Missing of confirmed game assignments will remove you from future game assignments.

Notifying us – we will attempt to find a replacement in such cases, however, this does not relieve you of the assignment until a confirmation has been issued by us.  If you find a replacement, you must notify us of the person replacing you for approval.  If due to your failure in making an assignment, resulting in the game to be cancelled or postponed.  YOU  may be responsible for ice and/or official fees on any make up game.  Any determination will be made on a case by case basis.

The scheduler is not held responsible for missed assignments nor accuracy of the games assignments.  In the case of game cancellations in which reasonable notification could not be made, where the officials have arrived at the rink for game assignments. The scheduler will attempt to collect the game fees from the league on their behalf but is not held responsible.  All reasonable attempts will be made to contact the officials in the case of game cancellations where the scheduler has had adequate notice.

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There is always a possibility of  changes in the scheduling.  If any of your game’s are affected, you will be notified via your email address within a reasonable time frame, in short notice instances you will be phoned.  It is always a good idea to check your email prior to leaving for any assignment!




The USA Hockey Officiating Program’s recommendations for game assignments are posted below.

Please note that all Local Officials Associations and Local Assignors have final decisions regarding the assignment of local hockey games. Local Assignors have the responsibility to follow the recommendations posted below provided there are officials with the professional skills and availability for the level of play. However, if no capable officials, regardless of level attained, are available the Local Assignor is authorized to make game assignments based on the overall professional skills and availability of each official for the level of play.

Furthermore, registration with the USA Hockey Officiating Program does not guarantee any official any game assignments. As recognized Independent Contractors, all officials are responsible to obtain their own game assignments from Local Assignors. Local Assignors may take several factors into consideration when assigning officials including but not limited to:

  • Skill Level

  • Availability

  • Dependability

  • Attitude

  • Perceived Conflict of Interest

  • Exposure

  • Location


USA Hockey’s Policy Regarding Officials Participating in Non-USA Hockey Sanctioned Games

Affiliate and officials’ organizations may establish and use reasonable criteria, rules, and procedures for selection and scheduling of officials for games within their jurisdiction. There are numerous valid reasons why an Affiliate, officials’ organization, or scheduler may select one official over another for a particular game, league, or level of play. However, no USA Hockey official may be penalized, threatened, excluded, or made ineligible for officiating USA Hockey games based on that official being certified by or officiating games that are not sanctioned by USA Hockey or are sanctioned by some other entity. Many USA Hockey officials work games not under USA Hockey authority (e.g. NCAA, Canadian Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League, National Federation of High Schools, etc.). To be sure, an official will not receive the benefits of USA Hockey, including insurance coverage, supervision, disciplinary process and enforcement, etc., while officiating a game not sanctioned by USA Hockey and that official is not permitted to wear a USA Hockey crest (patch) on their sweater during a game not sanctioned by USA Hockey. To reiterate, no Affiliate may, and no Affiliate shall permit an official’s organization or scheduler under its control to punish, threaten, black-ball, or make any official ineligible for USA Hockey games based on the official becoming certified by another entity, or officiating games that are not sanctioned by USA Hockey. Most hockey programs and officials associations endeavor to consider their officials to be independent contractors; to place restrictions on officials from officiating non-sanctioned games may place that independent contractor status as rick, and subject the hockey program or officials association to other liabilities.

Note: To be eligible to officiate in any State, Regional, or National Championship event, an official must be completely registered on or before December 31st of the current season. Only Level 4 Officials will be eligible to Referee any USA Hockey National Championship event games.


(revised 4/1/2019)

Nothing in this Agreement shall be interpreted as a guarantee of assignments. This agreement shall govern only in the event D.I.N. & Associates, Ltd .. assigns you (the official) to games scheduled by us for various area leagues. The representations and acknowledgement contained in this Agreement are a prerequisite to working games assigned by D.I.N. & Associates, Ltd .. . This Agreement incorporates all written directives concerning protocol and procedures in relation to assignments accepted by you (the official), receipt of which is acknowledged by your entering this site.


D.I.N. & Associates, Ltd., (know as Great Lakes Hockey Officials and hereinafter referred as G.L.H.O.) may from time to time assign you to supply non-exclusive on-ice officiating services for games scheduled and conducted by various area amateur hockey leagues. In order to obtain assignments, you (the official) make the following representations:

That you are gainfully employed outside the sport of ice hockey, or if not employed, that you do not consider hockey as his/her primary means of employment.

That you receive all on-ice training from the appropriate approved affiliated organization, league or association assigned by G.L.H.O. and is strictly in accordance with the affiliated Manuals and Procedures, e.g., USA Hockey, AAU, MHSAA, ACHA, Private League.

That you receive on-ice officiating assignments from persons or entities other than G.L.H.O. or that you are able to make his/her on-ice officiating services available to other persons or entities.

That you (the official) purchases or obtains all necessary on-ice officiating equipment from sources other than G.L.H.O.

That you (the official) have procured major medical insurance coverage or relies exclusively on the insurance provided by the affiliated organization, league or association. and will not look to G.L.H.O. for compensation as a result of injuries sustained while working games which G.L.H.O. assigned.

You (the official) further acknowledge:

That you (the official) are not an employee of D.I.N. & Associates, Ltd. or any of it’s affiliates and that you (the official) are responsible for all applicable income and self-employment taxes.

That G.L.H.O. assigns officiating assignments as an accommodation to various area organizations, leagues, associations and receives an administrative fee for this service. G.L.H.O. does not establish game times, game rules, officiating protocols or other aspects concerning the conduct of the games to which it assigns officials.

That evaluations are conducted by the leagues and the coaches and team personnel hired by the leagues. Assignments are made pursuant to these evaluations.

That G.L.H.O. is neither employed by nor acts as agent for any area league or association.

This Agreement does not constitute an employment contract or a guarantee of pay or assignments.

All protocols for assignments and pay are set forth in other areas of this website (


Registration with affiliated sanctioned league, association or team does not guarantee game assignments.  Officials are responsible to obtain their own game assignments from local game schedulers as designated in each ARENA.

You MUST however be registered with the affiliated sanctioning body to work assignments falling under their jurisdiction. These include but are not limited to:  USA Hockey, ACHA, MHSAA, MAHA, AAU, etc.

You are required to provide and keep on file with us a copy of current registration for each sanctioning organization that you wish to work for.

Only completely registered officials are eligible to officiate sanctioned games.  Any game scheduler who assigns improperly or incompletely registered officials for games that are not within the guidelines set forth by the affiliated organization jeopardizes the insurance coverage of the officials and both teams involved.

If you were a registered official for the 2018 – 2019 season your current credentials are good until:

USA Hockey/MAHA – November 30, 2019 – Registration season opens August 1st.

MHSAA –  Registration for 2018 – 2019 ends July 30, 2019 / Late fee for late registrations

AAU – Annually each August end