During August 3rd through 5th, the Atlantic and Mid-Am Districts held an officiating camp at the Olympic Games of Pennsylvania known as the “Keystone Games.” Twenty officials from both districts were selected to participate. During the three-day camp, the officials took part in classroom sessions and skated six games over the three-day period using the four-official system. There were supervisors/observers from both the Atlantic District and Mid-Am District there to provide feedback and coaching to the officials. These observers have multiple years of experience and have worked many different levels of hockey.
“Over the course of the three days, the growth that we saw from the officials was outstanding. They should be commended for taking a weekend of their ‘off-season’ to grow and learn, as well as applying what they learned from the classroom sessions and post-game reviews, and then applying it toward their officiating,” Said Tim Holtz, Director of Communications & AAHA Officials Tournament Coordinator “This is the start of what will hopefully be a sign of great things to come with officials from both the Atlantic and Mid-Am districts working together as a team to help build young officiating abilities.”
During the first classroom session on Thursday night, the officials were separated into five groups – the same groups they would work with all weekend. They performed team building exercises along with a presentation on the four-officiating system. The night was finished off with a team Pizza Party.
Friday through Sunday, if a group wasn’t skating games, they were back in the classroom at their hotel, going over several topics including communication, teamwork, presents and game management. Over the course of the weekend, the officials were also able to fulfill their USAH Seminar requirements for the 2018-2019 season, and either take their Level 3 or Level 4 testing.
“Female levels representing the four regions of the Commonwealth and received substantial development feedback from a staff of 14 from across both Districts,” Stated Money Ferguson, DVHL Referee in Chief. “Communications received from all participants indicate this was an outstanding experience and success.”