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Announcing the 2016 Spring Officiating Seminar

The Atlantic District Officiating Program has announced that the last USA Hockey officiating seminar for the 2015-2016 season will take place as follows:

  • Saturday, March 26th at Ice Works in Aston, PA at 8:30 AM.

Registration for this seminar will be accepted beginning on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at

Training will be offered for new officials (registering at Level 1) and returning officials (registering at Level 1 or Level 2). Level 3 certificati...

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PEOC Announces New Camp Structure, Format, and Lower Price

The 2016 season will be the fifth consecutive year the Pittsburgh Elite Officiating Camps (PEOC) will be held in the Pittsburgh, PA area. PEOC strives to assist in the development of aspiring ice hockey officials. PEOC instructs ice hockey officiating skills and techniques necessary to establish a strong foundation that will allow each participant to achieve success at higher levels.

PEOC has a new, enhanced camp structure in 2016. They will host a Youth Development Camp from May 12-15, an Advanced Camp from May 19-22, and Prospect Exposure Camps with sessions from June 2-5 and J...

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On-Ice Officials Must Comply with Pennsylvania Act 15 Screening Policy

The Atlantic District Officiating Program needs to advise all currently registered officials and officiating candidates of a Pennsylvania law known as Act 15, which requires screening and background check for those persons who are "responsible for a child's welfare or have direct and routine contact with children".

Act 15 applies to all academic institutions, childcare programs as well as youth sports programs, teams and associations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and applies to employees, contractors, and volunteers of those organizations regardless of where they live.

As a result of this new law, the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (a.k.a. The Atlantic District) has established policies that officials who are registered in the Atlantic District must read, understand, and follow, otherwise they will not be permitted to accept officiating assignments.

Therefore, we present the following message from Glenn Hefferan, President of the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association, which we hope you will review and act upon at your earliest convenience.

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Super Clinic Coming to the Atlantic District on August 22

Officials that are interested in working NCAA Division 1 Men's or Women's hockey are invited to attend a college / junior clinic at Ice Vault in Wayne, NJ on Saturday, August 22nd from 4 to 8 PM.

This session will cover the playing rules for NCAA Division I and USA Hockey Junior Leagues. Existing officials and those that aspire to work at these levels are invited.

Leagues that will be represented at this session:

  • NCAA Division 1: Atlantic Hockey League
  • EHL Junior League - 4-man System
  • USPHL - All Levels - 3-man System
  • NA3EHL - 3-man System

To register for this clinic please contact Gene Binda at

There is no fee to attend this clinic. This is not a USA Hockey certification seminar.

Guest speakers to include:

  • Geno Binda - Director Of Officiating Atlantic Hockey League Division 1 NCAA Hockey
  • Mark Faucette - Director Of Officiating SPHL
  • Dave LaBuda- USA Hockey National RIC
  • Jim Doyle - Supervisor AHL, ECHL, & NCAA
  • Chris Allman Supervisor Of Officials, NAHL

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Bob Fyrer Named Atlantic District Official of the Year for 2015

Congratulations to Bob Fyrer who was been selected as the AAHA Official of the Year for 2015. Bob is the Atlantic District Officiating Program Regional Coordinator for for the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area, and retired as an on-ice official earlier in the 2014-2015 season after a 25 seasons.

Bob spent 17 seasons working as a linesman in the American Hockey League.


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