ATTENTION ALL 18U TEAMS:
As a result of serious incidents well covered by the media, the federal government has instituted additional requirements for participants, coaches and volunteers. To comply with the federal governmental requirements, USA Hockey does not want players or officials who will soon be turning 18 to become ineligible in the middle of a season.
Therefore, USA Hockey is requiring all players 17 years of age or older on or before December 31st of this upcoming (2019-20) playing season and who play on a team in a classification that allows minor aged players, (i.e. 18U or high school) to complete SafeSport Training before being added to a team and prior to participation with the team (on-ice or off-ice). This requirement applies to all teams in the age classifications Youth, Girls, High School, Junior Hockey, Flex Hockey and Disabled Hockey programs that allow both minor age and adult age players (anyone over 18 years). No screening is necessary or possible for individuals less than 18 years of age.
Players in the group identified above that have not completed SafeSport Training cannot be placed on the team’s roster in the USA Hockey registration portal (where rosters are created). The computer program will prevent the player from being added to the team until they have completed the training. Because the player is not on the Official Roster, they are prohibited from participating with the team until the training is completed and the player can be added to the roster.
We strongly recommend that players act on this new requirement NOW if they are currently 17 or older, or will be on or before December 31st.
The program is taken online and requires about 90 minutes to complete. Once the fall season is underway, players will likely be consumed with school, hockey, and other commitments. It is to their advantage to take the SafeSport Program NOW and not wait until it is time to be placed on a roster and games are starting.
The SafeSport Program is free. You must have a USAH Registration Confirmation Number to register to take the training. Players registered with USAH for the 2018/19 season can use the USA Hockey Confirmation Number from that season (which is valid until August 31, 2019) to register to take the training. They may also register with USA Hockey for the 2019/20 and use that confirmation number to register for the course. Effective September 1, 2019, registration for the program requires a 2019/20 USA Hockey Registration.
To take the SafeSport Program access the online program via the USA Hockey Website https://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining. Or use this direct link to access the SafeSport site: https://safesport.org/authentication/register?token=71d4f2f9-bddb-4e6d-bb2a-37211b8999d9.
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The upcoming 2018-19 hockey season has multiple opportunities to drive growth and welcome new hockey players to the rink. With it being a post-Olympic season, we have a great opportunity to build on the excitement of new hockey families and find ways to retain those families. With that said, we need your help to inform your local associations about these opportunities available to them.
2 and 2 Challenge
The 2 and 2 Challenge guides youth hockey leadership through national programs and tools to drive participation at the 8 & under age group. By growing hockey in this age group, programs will experience long-term growth as these kids continue to develop.
2018-19 Season 2 and 2 Challenge: http://www.2and2challenge.com/
2018-19 Season 2 and 2 Challenge Registration: http://www.2and2challenge.com/registration
By completing the 2 and 2 Challenge, associations will receive up to $250 in Pure Hockey credit to help enhance growth initiatives.
Try Hockey For Free
November 10, 2018 & February 23, 2019
Try Hockey For Free Days provide youth hockey associations a national platform and opportunity to acquire new players locally. Associations will attract new players for this season as well as capture interested families for the following season. This initiative is a joint-effort between USA Hockey, the National Hockey League & NHL member clubs.
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2011-2013 USA Hockey Playing Rules
At the 2011 USA Hockey Annual Meeting, the board of directors voted on 173 rule proposals. The board of USA Hockey passed 32 new playing rule changes that went into affect in the 2011-12 season for the youth. There were 18 new playing rule changes for the junior age groups. Two major changes that took affect:
- Tag-Up Off Sides rule to the Bantam and older age groups
- Elimination of body checking in the Peewee and younger groups
For more information on the 2011-2013 USA Hockey Playing Rules Changes, click on the links below.
- For a 1 page summary of the 2011-2013 USA Hockey Playing Summary
- USA Hockey link: USA Hockey 2011-2013 Playing Rules Change Summary
- USA Hockey link: 2011-2013 USA Hockey Playing Rules and Case Book
- USA Hockey link: 2011-2013 USA Hockey Rulebook
- USA Hockey/Hockey Canada Playing Rules Agreement
For any further questions, please contact John Karolcik USA Hockey Director (USAH Rules Committee Member).
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