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Minimum Referee Level Requirements for Games

It is the policy of USA Hockey to assign only qualified officials to all levels of competition.  The USA Hockey Officiating Program strongly recommends the following guidelines be adhered to when scheduling all USA Hockey-sanctioned games.

3-Official System

Age Class Girls/Womens Referee Tier I/Tier II Tier I/Linesman Tier II
Adult Open Level 4 Level 3
Adult U.S. Level 4 Level 3
Adult No-Check Women's Adult Level 3 Level 2
Junior A Level 4 Level 3
Junior B Level 4 Level 3
Junior C Level 3 Level 3
H.S. Varsity Level 3 Level 3
H.S. Junior Varsity Level 3 Level 3
Midget 19 or Under Level 3 Level 3 Level 2 Level 3
Bantam 15 or Under Level 2 Level 3 Level 2 Level 2
Pee Wee 12 or Under Level 1 Level 2 Level 1 Level 1
Squirt 10 or Under Level 1 Level 1 Level 1 Level 1
Mite Level 1 Level 1 Level 1 Level 2

2-Official System

Age Class Girls/Womens Referee Tier I/Tier II
Adult Open Level 3 and Level 3
Adult U.S. Level 3 and Level 3
Adult No-Check Women's Adult Level 3 and Level 3
Junior A Level 4 and Level 4
Junior B Level 4 and Level 4
Junior C Level 3 and Level 3
H.S. Varsity Level 3 and Level 3
H.S. Junior Varsity Level 3 and Level 3
Midget 19 or Under Level 3 and Level 3 Level 3 and Level 3
Bantam 15 or Under Level 2 and Level 2 Level 3 and Level 3
Pee Wee 12 or Under Level 1 and Level 1 Level 2 and Level 2
Squirt 10 or Under Level 1 and Level 1 Level 1 and Level 1
Mite Level 1 and Level 1 Level 1 and Level 1

Note

To be eligible to officiate any State, Regional or National Championships, an official must be completely registered on or before December 31 of the current season.  If possible, only Level 4 officials will be eligible to work National Championships.