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New for the 2015-2016 season

We will be having warm-up/training ice available for all Level 1 and 2 Officials.  I will be having three one hour sessions after the Rochester officiating seminar to go over positioning, calling of penalties, and overall game management situations. 

These ice session are mandatory for anyone new to officiating or officials under 18. You will not receive games if you do not attend these sessions.

My goal is evaluate all officials at some point during the season, ideally twice during the season.  Once in the beginning of the season to offer areas where the official can improve and things to work on and once toward the end of the season to measure the in-season improvement of each official.

I will be having an open book test review session on October 18th at 6:00 pm at the Four Seasons Arena in Kasson.  I am in the process of reserving a locker room to go over the open book test.  Please work through the test before the review session and bring any questions that you have.

The on ice training times I have reserved are:

10/25 @ 7:15 pm
11/1 @ 7:30 pm
11/15 @ 8:00 pm

DCYH Players, Coaches, Spectators, and Fans,

Dodge County Hockey is looking for those who are interested in learning the other side of hockey. Players; as an official, you will have the opportunity to fine tune your skating skills and become a better player; coaches: you can take this opportunity to better understand the rules of the sport to better teach your players; spectators, fans, and parents: being on official will help give you a better understanding of the game when you are in the stands watching and wondering why something you see doesn’t get called, or called differently than you see it. For everyone, it’s a chance to give back to the sport of hockey and to the Dodge County Youth Hockey Association, and will give you a few extra dollars in your pocket.

The role of an official, is that that of enforcing the rules and maintaining the order of the game.

·         Know how, or be able and willing to learn to skate

·         Get registered with USA Hockey. Online at, register as an official.

·         Register for an instructional seminar. Online at or The ones closest to Dodge County are:

  • Oct 24, Graham Arena, Rochester - Levels 1 and 2, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Oct 24, Graham Arena, Rochester - Level 3 Only, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Nov 1, Le Sueur Community Center - Levels 1 and 2, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Nov 1, Le Sueur Community Center - Level3 Only, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

·         Contact the DCYH officials coordinators at email address to be included in the assigning of games

As an official, you will be required to have black pants, a black helmet with a half shield, a whistle, and skates. A solid pair of black nylon warm-up pants makes a great started pair; Wal-Mart and Target both sell them reasonably priced. Play it again could probably have a used black helmet to get you started.

As an official with USA Hockey and Minnesota Hockey, you will become certified to officiate youth hockey games. There are many questions you might have regarding what it takes to become an official, but many of you have seen officials at work. 

As a new official, we will schedule you games with an experienced mentor to help you work your games. The association will use evaluators to help you understand your role as an official. As an official, you will be able to make a little bit of extra money for all those things you’ve been wanting.

Become a hockey official today!!

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact the DCYH Officials Commissioner:

Ryan Knudson


Phone: 507-775-2441

USA Hockey Links for On Ice Officials