UPDATES FROM USA HOCKEY
There are several new Rules and Regulations that take effect beginning with the 2018-19 season. Please review the Important Information packet available in your registry along with additional information for the season on Creating and Submitting teams. Below are a few of the IMPORTANTchanges for the 2018-2019 season:
15 (Only) Teams
Per the age classification approved by the USA Hockey Board of Directors and defined in the Annual Guide on page 132, the 15 Only age classification is for players that are 15 years of age for the current season. For the 2018-2019 season ONLY birth year 2003's are permitted to be rostered on a 15 ONLY Tier I team.
15 Player Minimums Tier I/II
All Tier I teams, youth and girls are required to have a minimum of 15 players (including goalkeepers). Tier II teams are encouraged to have 15 players, but not required.
14U Tier II Girls Teams (Only)
Beginning with the 2018-19 and 2019-20 season for GIRLS 14U TIER II ONLY, an Affiliate may permit up to 3 players that are 12 years of age for the current season to be rostered on a Girls 14U Tier II team intending or declared to compete in the District or National Championships or playoffs leading thereto if the Affiliate finds that:
a) The younger player(s) are from the same local geographic area as the team they intend to play for and are needed to field a Girls 14U Tier II team with a roster size recommended by the ADM, OR
b) There is no 12U girls team available in the player’s home local geographic area.
Helmet Rule Update
All coaches and instructors of registered USA Hockey Youth 18 & under and below, high school, girls’/women’s 19 & under and below, and disabled programs must properly wear an approved ice hockey helmet during ALLon-ice sessions including:
- Controlled scrimmages
- All Coaching Education program clinics and/or workshops
- In June of 2018, USA Hockey amended the helmet rule to include the following: Failure to comply will result in a 30-day suspension from all activities involving USA Hockey registered programs.
Consent To Treat Forms
The USA Hockey Consent to Treat form is required for all teams participating in a District or National tournament. Teams that are not District or National tournament bound should not use the USA Hockey Consent to Treat form.
Code of Conduct Form
The Participation Code of Conduct is no longer a required form. Programs are encouraged to have a Code of Conduct for their program.