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2017 News to Know

Important Information to know for the 2017-18 Fall Hockey Season:


  • You no longer need to complete paperwork online using Privit! USA Hockey has done away with Consent to Treat and Participant Code of Conduct forms and MAHA is doing away with the STAR form.  Since those forms are no longer a requirement, Privit is not needed at this time.
  • Credential Checks will not require any forms except the USA Roster, Game Logs and Game sheets to be reviewed.


USA Hockey provides online training/education that is available to help members become aware of the information necessary to help prevent abuse from occurring in the sport of hockey.  All USA Hockey registered coaches, officials, employees, locker room monitors, travel chaperones, billet families and any off-ice trainers (all adults who are around the players) and volunteers are entitled to take the training at no cost. The SafeSport Training is valid for 2 seasons.  

SafeSport Training will be switching to a new platform between September 18 and October 2, 2017. After the transition date, anyone taking SafeSport training will need to create a new account on the new training platform and the “refresher” training program will not be available. If you are eligible to take the shorter SafeSport Refresher training (which is approximately 35 minutes long), you should complete that training BEFORE September 18th, after which your training will be valid for another two seasons.

CLICK HERE to access the Safesport Training


All coaches, instructors, managers, locker room monitors, travel chaperones, billet families and any off-ice trainers (all adults who are around the players) must go to and complete an Online Background Check. 

The screening will be good for two years.  If you were screened in the 2016-2017 season you do not need to complete the background screening again this season.  The background screening scans a wide range of databases and is processed very quickly (usually within 1 - 3 days). There is a $10 cost to process your background screening. The fee will be collected through the website when you enter your information.  CLICK HERE to start the MAHA Background Screening process. 


  • Coaches must be current members of USA Hockey in order to register for the modules. 

  • CLICK HERE to register for a module, to continue a previously registered module, or access your account to view/review any previously completed modules.


Find, register and attend the required certification clinic. (Cost is $45 plus any lunch fees if applicable) You can only attend one clinic per season and all coaches start at Level 1. (The coaching clinic season for Levels 1-3 officially runs from September 1 to December 31). Visit USA Hockey's Coaching Rules & requirements page.

Are your coaching certifications expired? What level am I? Check your credentials in USA Hockey's database by clicking here.


  • MAHA/USA Hockey rosters can be created beginning August 15th for the 2017-18 season which begins on September 1st.  Games cannot be played with these rosters until September 1st. 
  • Have your players, coaches and manager register with USA Hockey at and create a team spreadsheet listing the names (in alphabetical order) and the USA Hockey number for each player/coach/manager.
  • Coaches - need to complete their Age Module, MAHA Background Screen and Safesport Program, while Managers - need to complete the Safesport Program requirement and the MAHA Background Screen.  Once completed, the Module, Background Check and Safesport certification will automatically transfer to the USA Hockey Registration Database and show as in compliance on the roster. You no longer need to submit the receipts or Safesport certificate.
  • Send the team list to our hockey club program administrator so they can create the roster and submit to the USA Hockey Registrar for approval.
  • Our hockey club program administrator will notify you if the roster has been approved or if any changes need to be made.
  • Games cannot be played until the roster is approved.


The following rules will be applicable starting with the 2017-18 playing season and will continue for the next four (4) years until the next time rules changes are permitted.

  • Teams at the 14U and younger age classifications, a shorthanded team is no longer permitted to ice the puck without a consequence.  The consequence is that such a situation will now result in an icing call by the officials and the resulting faceoff will occur in the offending team’s defensive zone like when both teams are at equal on-ice strength.

  • All faceoffs will occur at one of the nine dots on the ice.

  • Rule 601 now includes language for racial/ethnic slurs to include any language that is “offensive, hateful or discriminatory in nature”.


  • Midget AA State Playoffs will be piloted as a 12-team playoff this season.

  • All forfeit games will be recorded as 0-1.

  • Emergency goalies will be allowed in the regular season.  Teams must still follow the same rules and fill out the form on the MAHA website and submit to the district chair for approval.  F. Substitute Goalkeepers:  A team may pick up a substitute goalie from within its own Association or District if it does not already have a spare goalie registered.  For a non-national bound category, the substitute goalie must be registered in the current season on a team of equal or lower age classification and equal or lower team classification.  For the national-bound category, the substitute goalie must be registered in the current season on a lower classification team.  A substitute goalie, under such circumstances, may be used only in case of injury to the regular season goalie.  If a team elects this method for a substitute goalie, the team may have only 19 players registered at any time so as not to exceed the maximum number of players allowed.

  • The girls rule passed that pertains to forming teams at the 14U, 16U and 19U Tier 1 or Tier 2 levels.  Beginning at the 14u age group at the Girls Tier 1 and Girls Tier 2, to be able to roster a team there shall have been a Tier 1, Tier 2 or House Rec Girls team in the association one age classification younger or in the same age group in the previous regular hockey season.  When starting a 10U or 12U team there is no requirement for an association to have had a team in the previous season The girls rule passed that pertains to forming teams at the 14U, 16U and 19U Tier 1 or Tier 2 levels.  at the age group below.  For a 14U team to form, a 12U or 14U team must have been in place the previous year.  For a 16U team to form, a 14U or 16U team must have been in place the previous season.  For a 19U team to form, a 19U or 16U team must have been in place the previous season.  An association that wants to form a Girls team, yet does not meet the previous year team requirement, can petition the MAHA Girls/Women’s Committee for an exception and must demonstrate that the team formation is not creating a negative consequence for Girls teams in other associations.

  • A formal state-wide try-out rule is now in place.  If your team on September 1 is national bound, then you cannot have try-outs until the Wednesday after nationals are complete.  If on September 1 your team is non-national bound, then you can start on the third Monday of March and Tier 2 can start on the fourth Monday of March.