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2018 Spring News to Know

Important Information to know for the 2018-19 Fall Hockey Season:

NO LONGER NEEDED:

  • USA Hockey has done away with Consent to Treat (although it is still required for National-Bound teams) and Participant Code of Conduct forms and MAHA is doing away with the STAR form. 
  • Credential Checks will not require any forms except the USA Roster, Game Logs and Game sheets, Association Credential Sheet for player and team game count to be reviewed and Consent to Treat for National Bound teams.

Coaches: Online Age-Specific Modules

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

  • NEW: If your team will be at a new age division next season, the coach MUST complete the appropriate age-based module for that age division BEFORE you can be listed as a coach on a roster for the season.
    • Current Squirt AA coaches need to complete the Pee Wee age-based module.
    • Current Pee Wee AA coaches need to complete the Bantam age-based modules.
    • Current Bantam AA coaches need to complete the Midget age-based modules.
  • If you need to take an age-specific module, they are now available year-round. The price is now $10. The mid-winter price of $50, for those who needed to take it after missing the Dec. 31 deadline, has been removed.

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

SAFESPORT TRAINING PROGRAM

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 has switched to a new platform as of October 2017. After this 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.

CLICK HERE to access the Safesport Training

MAHA BACKGROUND CHECKS

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 maha.org and complete an Online Background Check. 

The screening will be good for two years.  If you were screened in the 2017-18 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 $12 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. 

Screening process. 

COACHING EDUCATION PROGRAM CERTIFICATION CLINIC REQUIREMENTS (MUST BE COMPLETED BY DEC. 31)

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.

ROSTERING PROCEDURES

  • MAHA/USA Hockey rosters can be created beginning August 15th for the Fall 2018-19 season.
  • Have your players, coaches and manager register with USA Hockey at www.usahockeyregistration.com 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 September 1st and until the roster is approved.
  • If you plan on playing games prior to September 1st you must have all players on the spring roster.
  • 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.

NEW RULES PASSED AT MAHA 2018 SUMMER MEETING

  • Prior to the start of each game, all coaches present are required to sign the designated area of the scoresheet in order to verify the accuracy of the playing roster, as it appears on the scoresheet, for that game.
  • Game counts for youth have been adjusted to the following:  Individual players on National Bound teams must participate in 10 USA Sanctioned games before Feb. 1st or before the first game of District Playoffs with their team.  For all Non-National bound teams the individual players they only need to play in 7.
     
  • Game counts for teams have been adjusted to the following:  In order to qualify for State Playoffs, all National Bound teams must play at least 17 games in its classification, category and division before the earliest of Feb. 1st or before the regularly scheduled first game of District Playoffs, except for Girls Classification and Non-National bound teams, which must play at least 14 games.
     
  • It is the obligation of each team/association that arrange for players to live with billet families to have written policies and procedures in place to govern the arrangement.  The team/organization must assign a billeting coordinator for each team that is billeting players.  All non-Michigan billeted players must register with USA Hockey using their parent’s home address.    The billeting coordinator will be familiar and follow all rules set forth in the USA Hockey Billeting Policy located in the SafeSport Handbook.  The billeting coordinator for each team will report directly to the District Director in direct charge of his team.  No billeted player can be placed on a roster without the District Director’s approval.  The District Director will provide a list of Billeted players to MAHA Youth Council Vice President.  Rules are in effect for Regular, Pre/Post and Spring Summer teams.
     
  • Substitute goalies for 8U, Girls 10U, B Hockey and Tier 3 Girls hockey are no longer available. 
     
  • All Independent Contractors / 3rd party coaches must wear a helmet on the ice.
     
  • 4 hour rule for games do not include Adult teams or leagues or Women’s A,B, C teams or leagues

 

The following rules passed and they related to Girls/Women’s hockey only.

14U Tier II play up rule (rule 18-34)

  1. The younger player (s) are needed to field a team with a roster size recommended by ADM for the 14U age classification OR there is not an age appropriate 12U girls team available in the local geographic area; and b) the players that are requesting to play-up are not out-of-affiliate players.

Out of District (OOD) Players
g. Girls Tier 1 teams are limited to the following number of out of state or import players:  12U – 2; 14U – 2; 16U – 3; 19U – 4.  An import player is an out of state player that lives in Michigan with a Michigan address whose parents have assigned guardianship to a family in Michigan.  Import players must produce documentation from the school/district they are attending. 

NEW RULES PASSED AT USA HOCKEY 2017 SUMMER MEETING

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”.

NEW RULES PASSED AT MAHA 2017 SUMMER MEETING

  • 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.