Become A Member Of Our Team


The National Ice Hockey Officials Association, Westchester Chapter is a charter chapter, founded in 1974. The purpose of our organization is to promote the game of ice hockey, its players, coaches and officials in the youth, high school, and college leagues. We have two classifications of membership which are based on age.  Residents of the organization’s territorial region (Westchester County) who are at least 18 years of age may become members if they successfully meet certain criteria which include; passing a closed book examination and verification of on ice performance as established by our organization’s the Membership Committee.  Membership is also open to residents of the organization’s territorial region who are between 14 and 18 years of age and who successfully complete registration as a USA hockey on-ice official.

At this time, our chapter is affiliated with and supplies officials for NY State Public High School Athletic Association member schools at the varsity, JV and modified levels Westchester and Putnam Counties.

Current members of another NIHOA chapter looking to transfer to the Westchester Chapter, please use the Contact Us link at the top of the page.

The Membership Process

Prospective ice hockey officials may find an application to the Chapter Membership Committee at the link below. The application period opens June 1 and closes November 30th. The selection process will end prior to the new year.

The Membership Committee shall review the submitted applications and confirm each applicant’s qualifications. The Membership Committee will select candidates whom they believe presently have, or may ultimately develop the ability to officiate at the high school hockey level.

If you are looking to become an ice hockey official, please visit USA Hockey for more information.


Applications will be reviewed by the Membership Committee.


Selected potential candidates will be required to fulfill all USA Hockey requirements (including attendance at a USA hockey live seminar) prior to November 30.

Receipt of an application does not guarantee that you will be approved for membership.


The Membership Committee will then choose the applicants who have demonstrated their abilities at the required level. These individuals will be administered the USA Hockey entrance exam.  Upon passing the closed book exam and payment of dues, an applicant will have earned prospective Membership, which will be voted on at our annual meeting in March.  Upon a favorable vote of admission, new members are subject to the our code of conduct and any and all requirements set forth in our by-laws.*

*the above listed membership criteria are meant to be a general summary and for informational purposes only.  For complete and detailed information on becoming and ice hockey official and the requirements of membership in our organization, please contact our Referee-in-Chief.