PIHO REGISTRATION: OHIO-ONLY / WEST VIRGINIA-ONLY OFFICIALS
STEP 1: Review the Independent Contractor Agreement & Covid-19 Waiver
STEP 2: Agree to terms of Agreement & Waiver and submit Registration
Be sure to read and review the Independent Contractor Agreement & Covid-19 Waiver before you agree to its term and conditions. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must complete this form and accept its terms and conditions on your behalf.
Once your registration is approved, you will then receive an e-mail from HorizonWebRef to create a new account, or confirm an existing account.
If you have any questions, please contact us at info@PIHOref.com
STEP 1: REVIEW INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT (OHIO)
Independent Contractor Ice Hockey Official Contract - Pittsburgh Ice Hockey Officiating, LLC
1. Limited Term. This Independent Contractor Ice Hockey Official Contract (the “Contract”) is entered into between Pittsburgh Ice Hockey Officiating, LLC (“PIHO”) and the undersigned official (hereinafter “you,” “your,” or “yourself”). You and PIHO are collectively referred to herein as the “Parties.” This Contract is limited only to the game assignment(s) that you are offered and accept for the period commencing April 1, 2021 and ending April 30, 2022 (the “Season”), and this Contract shall terminate automatically at the end of the Season. Accordingly, this Contract does not apply to assignments to officiate any other games, including, without limitation, games at any time after April 30, 2022. PIHO makes no promise, express or implied, that you will be offered any officiating opportunities with PIHO at any time after April 30, 2022. PIHO reserves the right, in its sole discretion and with or without cause, not to offer you any future officiating opportunities. You hereby agree that all future officiating contracts, if any, will be set forth in a separate written contract between you and PIHO.
2. Independent Contractor. You and PIHO each intend that for each and every game assignment, you will perform services as, and shall be treated as, an independent contractor and not an employee of PIHO. This Contract is not intended to be, and shall not be interpreted as, a contract of employment. You agree that you are properly classified as an independent contractor and shall be treated as such within the broadest possible meaning and application of all federal, state and local laws and regulations, including, without limitation, all laws and regulations addressing unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, industrial accidents, labor and employment matters, and taxes. In the performance your services under this Contract, your relationship with PIHO shall not at any time be considered a relationship of employer/employee, master/servant, agent/principal, joint venture or partnership. As an independent contractor, you understand and agree that you are not authorized to act on behalf of PIHO or bind PIHO in any manner. You also agree that you shall not hold yourself out to anyone as an employee, partner, agent or joint venturer of PIHO. You shall be paid on a “per game” basis, or in other words as “per job” basis, and not on an hourly wage or yearly salary. In addition, PIHO agrees to hire you on a “game-by-game” basis, and for no longer time period. Each game assignment shall be an independent work engagement subject to the terms of this Contract.
3. Your Right to Work Elsewhere. Nothing contained in this Contract is intended to, or will be construed to, restrict your right to provide services, as an ice hockey official or otherwise, to any other person or entity during the term of this Contract. You have the right to officiate for any other assignors, teams, leagues, associations, organizations and/or entities throughout the term of this Contract and following its termination. You also have the right to work elsewhere in any capacity – whether as an independent contractor, consultant, employee or otherwise – throughout the term of this Contract and following its termination.
4. No Employment Benefits. You understand and agree that, because you are an independent contractor, you will not be entitled to any benefits that may be customarily afforded to an employee, including, without limitation, medical, dental, vision, disability or other insurance benefits, vacations, holidays, sick or personal leave, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, retirement or pension benefits or any other employee benefits.
5. No Tax Withholdings or Deductions. You acknowledge that PIHO will not deduct or withhold from payments to you any Federal Income Insurance Contributions Act (“FICA”) taxes or any federal, state or local income taxes. PIHO will not pay on your behalf any FICA taxes or Federal Unemployment Tax Act (“FUTA”) or state unemployment taxes. PIHO shall report payments to you on an IRS Form 1099. You acknowledge and understand that you must report and pay all applicable income and employment taxes, Self-Employment Contribution Act (“SECA”) taxes, as well as any other required tax payments, with respect to all payments made to you by PIHO pursuant to this Contract. You also agree to indemnify and hold PIHO harmless from: (a) any claims for additional compensation or benefits arising from or related to your services as an official under this Contract; and (b) any tax liabilities imposed on you by any governmental authority as a result of any failure by you to report or pay any income taxes on payments made to you under this Contract.
6. Equipment. You agree that you are responsible for providing, at your own cost, the uniform and all other equipment (such as whistles, skates, and protective equipment) needed for you to perform services as an ice hockey official. PIHO shall have no obligation to provide you with such equipment or to pay you for any costs incurred by you to obtain or maintain such equipment.
7. Duties. You agree to officiate each game to which you are assigned to the best of your ability. You agree to enforce, abide by, and adhere to the applicable rules, procedures, protocols, and policies, including without limitation any policies relating to pre-game, in-game, and post-game responsibilities, (collectively, “Rules”) as may be prescribed by any organization, league, governing body, tournament, association, or other entity associated with a particular game. PIHO shall provide you with reasonable advance notice of such Rules prior to each game assignment. Prior to receiving any game assignments, you shall provide to PIHO or its designated agents, as determined by PIHO, in writing: (a) if applicable based on your location, proof of compliance with Pennsylvania Act 15 of 2015 relating to background clearances for persons in paid positions performing work in direct contact with children; (b) proof of registration with USA Hockey and compliance with its eligibility requirements, including completion of the USA Hockey SafeSport program and Mid-American District Background screening; and (c) any and all other documentation which PIHO may in its sole discretion request for the purposes of verifying your eligibility to officiate ice hockey games. You hereby authorize PIHO to collect all of the foregoing information, maintain it in PIHO’s confidential files, and distribute it to other persons and entities on an as-needed basis in PIHO’s sole and absolute discretion. You also agree and consent to PIHO using your name and likeness in connection with promotional materials created or circulated by PIHO or any of its clients, including without limitation, advertising, social media posts, websites, printed materials, and word-of-mouth.
8. Game Assignments. A game assignment constitutes a delegation and assignment to you of PIHO’s contractual duty to provide ice hockey officiating services to its clients. By accepting a game assignment and undertaking a game assignment, you agree to accept the duty of appearing at and providing ice hockey officiating services for that particular game or games. The Director of Scheduling will provide you with proposed individual game assignments offered to you by PIHO, as well as the process for accepting or rejecting those proposed assignments. As an independent contractor, you retain control over which proposed game assignments you chose to accept and which proposed assignments you choose to decline. Thus, you have the right under this Contract to decline any game or games to which you are assigned by PIHO, provided that you abide by all applicable scheduling procedures and protocols established by PIHO. In its discretion, PIHO may require you to identify in writing which proposed assignments you have accepted and which ones you have rejected, and if you have rejected an assignment, the reason(s) why. You may not assign, delegate, or transfer your game assignments to any other person or entity without the express written consent of PIHO. In the event you wish to turn back an assignment after accepting it, you must provide written notification to PIHO as soon as possible, along with a reason for the turnback request. Any or all of the game assignments that you accept are also subject to immediate amendment, modification, or cancellation upon oral or written notice to you by PIHO when PIHO determines, in its sole and exclusive discretion, that such is in the best interest of PIHO and/or its clients, or if you fail to perform fully all requirements of this Contract. PIHO reserves the right, in its sole discretion, for any reason or no reason, to discontinue providing, or refuse to provide, you with any game assignment offers.
9. Fees and Expenses. For each game that you officiate, PIHO shall pay to you, and you agree to accept, the game fee set forth in the Horizon Web Ref assigning system (the “Game Fee”). PIHO reserves the right to increase or decrease Game Fees at any time up until seven (7) days prior to the date of any particular game. You will receive payment of your Game Fees on the following schedule:
(a) For Games taking place between April 1 and June 30, PIHO shall transmit payment to you by depositing a check in the mail prior to July 31.
(b) For Games taking place between July 1 and September 30, PIHO shall transmit payment to you by depositing a check in the mail prior to November 15.
(c) For Games taking place between October 1 and December 31, PIHO shall transmit payment to you by depositing a check in the mail prior to February 15.
(d) For Games taking place between January 1 and April 30, PIHO shall transmit payment to you by depositing a check in the mail prior to June 15.
Payment of game fees will be deemed received upon transmittal to your then-current address on file with PIHO as inputted by you into Horizon Web Ref. Re-issuance of transmitted checks may be subject to a processing and/or check cancellation fee to be borne by you. PIHO shall not pay or be responsible for any expenses, costs, fees, or other amounts that you may incur in connection with officiating a game, including without limitation travel, lodging, tolls, fuel, meals, airfare, bus fare, and any and all other amounts associated with a game assignment. PIHO’s sole financial obligation shall be to pay you the Game Fees for the games you officiate. In the event of special and/or extenuating circumstances, PIHO may, in its sole discretion, reimburse you for certain expenses, but only if PIHO agrees to do so in writing.
In the event you fail to appear for all or part of a game assignment, your game fee will be prorated (based on elapsed game time missed, level of play, reason for absence, and other factors to be determined by PIHO on a case-by-case basis) to account for your absence and compensate any official(s) who may assume additional responsibilities as a result. In such cases, officials who assume additional duties will receive compensation for doing so on the same prorated basis. Officials who skate games for which one partner does not appear for a scheduled two-official system game will receive 1.5 times the allotted per-official game fee. Officials who skate games for which one partner does not appear for a scheduled three -official system game will receive the designated “referee” rate of pay for the game, such games to be officiated in the two-official system.
10. Assumption of Risk. You understand, acknowledge, and agree that performing ice hockey officiating services is an inherently dangerous, physically strenuous activity. You hereby assume all risk of injury and death associated with performing any task arising out of or related to your performance of your duties as set forth herein. PIHO shall under no circumstances be responsible for any injuries whatsoever that you may sustain through the performance of your duties as set forth herein, including any injuries sustained while travelling to or from a game assignment. It is strongly recommended that you consult your physician before engaging in any physically strenuous and/or dangerous activities such as officiating ice hockey.
11. Insurance and Indemnification. You agree that you shall be responsible for obtaining, for your own benefit, medical, hospitalization, disability, workers’ compensation, comprehensive general liability and any other forms of insurance in such amounts as you shall determine for any and all claims that you might incur: (a) in performing officiating services pursuant to this Contract, and (b) in traveling to or from any game site. You further agree, on behalf of yourself and your heirs, personal representatives, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, to indemnify and hold harmless PIHO, its members, directors, owners and agents and all of PIHO’s clients with respect to any and all claims (including any claims brought by you or by any of your heirs, personal representatives, executors, administrators, successors and assigns), losses, liabilities or damage (including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees) that arise out of or relate in any way to either: (a) your act(s) or omission(s) with respect to your performance of officiating services pursuant to this Contract, including, without limitation, any personal injury (including death) incurred by you in rendering services under this Contract or in traveling to or from any game site; or (b) any failure by you to obtain or maintain insurance required hereunder during the term of this Contract.
12. Termination. This Contract shall terminate automatically at the end of the Season. You may terminate this Contract prior to that time by providing PIHO with 30 days of advance notice, in writing, in order to allow PIHO adequate time to find a replacement for any game assignments that you previously accepted. Any termination of this Contract will terminate PIHO’s obligation to pay you for any Game Fees with respect to each and every game that you do not officiate.
13. Choice of Law. This Contract shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without regard to any conflict of laws principles. You and PIHO also agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to this Contract or your performance of officiating services hereunder shall be brought exclusively in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
14. Entire Agreement and Modifications. This Contract sets forth the entire agreement between the Parties and supersedes any written or oral understanding, promise, or agreement directly or indirectly related to your performance of services for PIHO. Any amendments, supplements or modifications to this Contract shall not be valid unless they are made in a writing that is signed by you and an authorized representative of PIHO.
15. No Construction Presumptions. No statute, case law, or rule of interpretation or construction that would or might cause any provisions to be construed against the drafter of an agreement shall have any force or effect with respect to this Contract.
16. No Waiver. Any failure by PIHO to insist on strict performance of any terms of this Contract shall not be construed as a waiver by PIHO of any rights under Contract.
17. Severability. To the extent that any provision of this Contract shall be determined to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be deleted from this Contract, but the validity and enforceability of the remainder of this Contract shall be unaffected. This Contract shall be construed in a manner that renders its provisions valid and enforceable to the maximum extent (not exceeding its express terms) possible under applicable law.
18. Collection and Distribution of Information.
(a) You agree to provide PIHO with such information as may be required to assist PIHO with coordination of payments to you for the services you render pursuant to this Contract.
(b) You hereby consent to PIHO performing background and/or credit checks about you in a scope as broad as PIHO, in its sole discretion, deems necessary. PIHO may perform such background and/or credit checks at any time before, during or after the Season. You further agree to provide PIHO with any additional written authorization(s) or document(s) that PIHO may require in order to perform any such background and/or credit checks.
PIHO COVID-19 POLICY AND DISCLAIMER
READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY. IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY. IT ALSO CONTAINS A WAIVER OF LIABILITY.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new variety of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It first appeared in China in December of 2019. It has since spread to every major country in the world. COVID-19 is a deadly disease that is transmitted from person-to-person in respiratory droplets and aerosols; in other words, by breathing in air that has been expelled by an infected person. It can also spread by touching surfaces that have been contaminated by an infected person.
The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. In severe cases, people who contract COVID-19 may require hospitalization. The most severe cases result in death. Persons with certain pre-existing health conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, hypertension, and obesity) are at higher risk for complications and death from COVID-19. Additionally, the risk of death from COVID-19 appears to increase with age. For more information on COVID-19, visit cdc.gov.
In mid-March of 2020, USA Hockey (and every other amateur and professional sporting organization in the United States) suspended play at all levels of competition indefinitely to avoid exposing hockey participants and their families to potentially infected persons through hockey games, practices, and other hockey-related events and gatherings. Now, in consultation with public health officials and government authorities, USA Hockey and its member organizations are recommencing play.
This section is intended to express PIHO’s Policy on COVID-19 issues as they relate to the independently-contracted officials to whom PIHO subcontracts officiating assignments. This document should be construed as a stark warning to all officials of the dangers associated with officiating hockey during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All PIHO-registered officials electronically execute an Independent Contractor Agreement upon registration, in which they agree and acknowledge, among other things: (1) that they are independent contractors and not employees; (2) that they are under no obligation whatsoever to make themselves available to officiate any games; (3) that they understand and accept the risks associated with officiating hockey games, including bodily injury and death. The purpose of this document is to re-affirm that understanding between PIHO and its independently-contracted officials and apprise those officials of the SUBSTANTIALLY ELEVATED RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH OFFICIATING HOCKEY GAMES DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC OF A DEADLY DISEASE.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO OFFICIATE GAMES AS A SUBCONTRACTOR TO PIHO DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, YOU ASSUME ALL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH DOING SO. PIHO CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ILLNESS OR INJURY THAT YOU MAY SUSTAIN IN CONNECTION WITH OFFICIATING A HOCKEY GAME, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, INJURY, ILLNESS, OR DEATH CAUSED BY OR ASSOCIATED WITH EXPOSURE TO COVID-19. BY ACCEPTING A GAME ASSIGNMENT, YOU WAIVE AND RELEASE PIHO AND ITS OWNERS, MEMBERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AND CLIENTS FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS, CAUSES OF ACTION, AND DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO EXPOSURE TO COVID-19.
PIHO strongly encourages all officials to heed the following warnings when deciding whether to open availability to accept game assignments. You will not be punished if you choose not to officiate games during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, PIHO’s Internal Operating Policies and game scheduling practices will remain in effect: if you show yourself as “available” in Horizon and you are offered a game assignment, you will be expected to accept and skate that assignment absent extenuating circumstances.
As an Independently-Contracted Official, you hereby acknowledge the foregoing and the below and you agree to at all times abide by the following:
1. Officiating an ice hockey game will inevitably increase your chances of being exposed to and contracting COVID-19.
Ice hockey is a competitive team sport in which many people gather into an enclosed space for an extended period of time and physically exert themselves. Whether the game is played under “body checking” rules, “body contact” rules, or “no contact” rules, the nature and level of exertion and person-to-person proximity remains largely the same. As stated above, COVID-19 is primarily spread by the breath of infected persons. The heavy breathing and gatherings of people inherently associated with an ice hockey game makes this the perfect setting for the transmission of COVID-19.
In your role as an official, you will be in close physical proximity with game participants, at times physically touching them or standing next to them for extended periods of time. Again, these are prime conditions for the spread of COVID-19.
You will also be touching and handling objects that have been handled by, breathed on, or touched by game participants and rink personnel, such as pucks, sticks, goals, boards, etc. It is possible to contract COVID-19 in this manner as well.
To summarize, officiating a hockey game puts you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. If this makes you uncomfortable, you should not officiate hockey games, and you should block your availability in Horizon.
2. You should assume that the rinks, teams, leagues, and players associated with any ice hockey game that you officiate are NOT taking precautions to minimize COVID-19 exposure and transmission.
You may have heard that various professional sports leagues around the world are taking enhanced safety precautions with respect to COVID-19 as they return to play. Such precautions may include pre-game testing of all participants, temperature checks, excluding fans from playing venues, requiring non-participating game staff to wear masks and keep six feet away from participants at all times, etc.
Measures such as these are practically impossible to implement in a meaningful way at youth and amateur hockey levels. Testing of players would cost millions of dollars. Limiting fan access is in many cases impossible since most game participants are minors who will require parent or guardian accompaniment. Do not expect any enhanced COVID-19 safety measures to be in place for any game that you officiate.
You should assume that the game participants are doing NOTHING to decrease the spread of COVID-19 or otherwise limit your exposure to it. PIHO cannot, and will not be requiring any rink, game participant, or game host to implement or enforce any COVID-19 safety protocols. If this makes you uncomfortable, you should not officiate hockey games, and you should block your availability in Horizon.
3. Even if certain rinks, teams, leagues, and players are taking precautions against COVID-19 exposure and transmission, you should assume that such precautions will NOT meaningfully reduce your chances of being exposed to or contracting COVID-19.
We are hearing reports that some area rinks and leagues are attempting to adopt COVID-19 safety protocols, such as limiting building occupancy, closing dressing rooms, requiring masks to be worn when not on the ice surface, etc.
The scientific data on whether any measures such as these are effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19 is inconclusive. Masking may or may not limit the spread of COVID-19. Limiting building occupancy is irrelevant if one or more of the building occupants is COVID-positive. Standing six feet away from someone may or may not matter if you do so for an extended period of time, or if the person is talking, eating, or coughing. In other words, these measures may not have any impact whatsoever on the spread of COVID-19 or your chances of contracting it.
As such, when deciding whether you want to officiate during the COVID-19 pandemic, you should not rely on such measures to protect you. The only way to be certain that you do not contract COVID-19 while officiating a hockey game is to refrain from officiating hockey games altogether.
To repeat: any safety measures implemented by a rink, league, team, or game host may not provide any enhanced protection against COVID-19. If this makes you uncomfortable, you should not officiate hockey games, and you should block your availability in Horizon.
4. You should not officiate a hockey game if you are positive for COVID-19, showing symptoms of an illness or if you have been exposed to someone with a confirmed, presumed, or suspected COVID-19 infection.
All persons have a responsibility to curtail the spread of COVID-19 if they believe that they are at risk for infecting others. You may be positive for COVID-19 even if you do not feel sick, and you may be able to infect others even if you show no symptoms. If you have any reason to believe that you may be infected with COVID-19, you should not officiate hockey games.
If you have accepted a game assignment and you later come to realize you may be infected, DO NOT APPEAR FOR THE ASSIGNMENT. TURN THE ASSIGNMENT BACK IMMEDIATELY. Likewise, if you officiate a game and later test positive for COVID-19 (or develop COVID-like symptoms), you must notify PIHO immediately.
In the event that PIHO is advised that a game participant has tested positive for COVID-19, we will in turn notify all officials who officiated games involving that person. However, we may never receive such notification, and we will not be proactively monitoring infections reported by local health authorities.
5. You should familiarize yourself with and closely follow all guidelines, instructions, rules and regulations pertaining to COVID-19, including those promulgated by the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, USA Hockey, and any facility that you enter for the purpose of officiating a game.
Every PIHO-registered official is an independent contractor. This essentially means that each official is his/her own business entity and is individually responsible for adherence to all federal, state, and local requirements respecting COVID-19. The following websites may be helpful in ensuring compliance:
In addition, USA Hockey has posted its COVID-19 guidance and regulations here: https://www.usahockey.com/playersafety
Furthermore, the rinks and arenas where you will be officiating are all private businesses or government-owned recreation facilities that are permitted (and required) to adopt whatever COVID-19 prevention measures they deem necessary and appropriate to protect their patrons. These measures may vary from rink-to-rink and may change from day-to-day. We expect that they will be posted conspicuously at all rink entrances and enforced by rink personnel.
You are expected to abide by them closely and adjust to them as they change from time to time. It is up to each official to apprise him/herself of the COVID-19 protocols associated with each game assignment. PIHO will, when possible, distribute the applicable rink- or league-specific guidance in advance of a game assignment. This may not be possible in all situations, however.
If you are not willing to adhere to all COVID-19 requirements and guidelines as they may apply to a particular assignment (which may change and evolve as time goes on), you should mark yourself as “Unavailable” in Horizon indefinitely.
NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO OFFICIATE. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO OFFICIATE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO. OFFICIATING IS YOUR OWN PERSONAL CHOICE AND YOU WILL NOT SUFFER ANY ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO OFFICIATE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. IF YOU DO CHOOSE TO OFFICIATE, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK, AND YOU KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ACCEPT ALL CONSEQUENCES ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR DECISION TO OFFICIATE DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC OF A HIGHLY-TRANSMISSIBLE RESPIRATORY VIRUS.
DO NOT SKATE IF YOU ARE SICK
DO NOT SKATE IF YOU BELIEVE YOU MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19
NOTIFY PIHO IMMEDIATELY IF YOU MAY HAVE EXPOSED OTHERS TO COVID-19 IN CONNECITON WITH A GAME ASSIGNMENT
THERE IS NO SAFE WAY TO OFFICIATE A HOCKEY GAME IN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
SKATE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Upon registration you accept that you have read, understood and agreed with all of the provisions set forth in this Contract.
Independently Contracted Official’s Electronic Signature on file from online registration.
STEP 2: AGREE TO TERMS & SUBMIT REGISTRATION