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Important Information Regarding Rule Change Proposals

Dear USA Hockey Member:

Please click HERE to download a playing rule change proposal form for use by you or your council, committee, section and affiliate association members. Additional forms can also be downloaded from

If you have rule change proposals that you wish to have considered for the next four seasons, please fill out one form per proposal and return the form(s) to me no later than November 1, 2016. This is in accordance with the USA Hockey By-Laws (section 8A, in the Annual Guide).

A meeting of the Playing Rules Committee will be held in early December. During this meeting, the Committee will establish preliminary recommendations and a committee position on all submitted rule change proposals. Additionally, the Rules Interpretations Group will review the Playing Rules Casebook and establish preliminary interpretations of the playing rules as proposed. These interpretations will enable the Rules Committee to examine the impact and ramifications of each proposal. The Board of Directors will then be able to review proposals and make amendments during the January meeting.

The final meeting of the Playing Rules Committee will take place at the Annual Congress in Colorado Springs in June, 2017. At that meeting, which is open to the public, the Committee will make its final proposal to the Board of Directors for approval and insertion into the Official Playing Rules. The next Official Playing Rules Book will cover the 2017-18 through 2020-21 seasons.

Thank you, in advance, for your attention to this matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Matt Leaf

USA Hockey Officiating Program

AHAI Mite Two Choice Clarification

In an effort to clarify the AHAI Tier II choice rule as it applies to 8U/ Mites, AHAI releases the following:

ANY USA Hockey registered 8U/Mite players for the playing seasons (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17) will be assessed with a choice exception toward the AHAI rule; Article 2.7.


  • A new player can play NIHL 8U mite this year and not be assessed with a choice.

  • Player played AHAI/NIHL 8U in 2014/15 and wants to play this season, 2016/17 will not be assessed with a choice.

  • Players are allowed to play in NIHL and other leagues (including non USA Hockey registered) at the same time.

  • Players who played on any 8U registered team during or before the playing year 2013/14 would be assessed with a choice or choices based on the current rule.

Changes Made to Tier II 2 Choice Rule & Substitute Choice Application Process

Please note that there has been a change to the Tier II Two Choice Rule and Substitute Choice Application Process. The new rule reads as follows:

The 2 Choice Rules, for Bantam age divisions and below will be subject to the following timelines:

  • July 20th: Applications are open for acceptance
  • Hearings of Applications: There will be 3 hearings, two (2) in the month of August and one (1) in the early part of September, prior to September 15th. Exact dates, times and locations of hearings will be established for each season.
  • September 15th: Application process is closed and no further applications will be allowed.

Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for the 2016-17 Season

The Tier ll Substitute Choice Application Process, for Bantam age divisions and below will begin on July 20, 2016. All applications will be submitted online. The Tier ll Committee will ONLY have (3) three appeal hearings this year for those denied a substitute choice. The dates for the appeals are August 10, August 24 and September 8, 2016. Appeal hearings will be held at 6:30pm on the aforementioned dates at the North Shore Ice Arena located at 2111 Founders Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062. If denied please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at with your preferred appeal hearing date (listed above). Deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15, 2016.

Click HERE for Tier II Substitute Choice Online Application

You will find helpful articles regarding the Two Choice Rule, Choice Substitutions and what you should consider before making that second choice as well as information regarding the Midget Third Choice in the articles below. Should you have any further questions, please contact Gregg Chudacoff.

Tier II Two Choice Rule: Clearing Up the Confusion
What About My Second Choice: What Should I Consider?
What is the Midget Third Choice?

Eau Claire & Hobbs Ice Center to Host 2017 USA Hockey/Central District Girls Development Camp Tryouts

The Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) is pleased to announce that Eau Claire Youth Hockey and Hobbs Ice Center, 915 Menomonie St., Eau Claire, Wisconsin, will be the hosts for the USA Hockey/Central District Girls Development Camp tryouts. Please reserve these dates: March 24-26, 2017. If you were born in 1999 through 2003, you are eligible for this event. Anyone interested in an opportunity for the National Camp (dates to be announced) and the Central District Camp, June 18-23, 2017, MUST attend this tryout. Registration will be online and will open February 1 and close on February 15, 2017. All registered USA Hockey players in these birth years will receive an email with the registration link no later than January 30, 2017. Additionally, the registration link will be on the Central District website. Additional information regarding these camps will be released to everyone later in the season.

Hockey Moms* are encouraged to attend this FREE event to learn more about safety in youth hockey. Every Mom in attendance will receive a goody bag and a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes throughout the evening, including 4 tickets to a Chicago Blackhawks game**.


Moms will have the opportunity to tour the Chicago Blackhawks Locker Room as well as explore fun and informative exhibits (see agenda below) followed by presentations and Q & A from Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth, SportFuel Nutrition and Athletico Physical Therapy.

We hope you join us for a fun and informative evening!


6:30pm – Check-In
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Exhibits & Chicago Blackhawks Locker Room Tour

Chicago Blackhawks Locker Room Tour, Proper Equipment Fitting, Injury Prevention, Nutrition, Photo Booth, USA Hockey’s SafeSport, A Step aHead Registration Station and More!

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Presentations and Q & A Session
8:30pm – Conclusion


*This is an Adult only event; no children please!
**Game will be determined by Chicago Blackhawks staff; must be present to win.

The Hockey Is For Everyone program (formerly Diversity Program) is an AHAI supported vehicle providing young athletes from socio and economically diverse backgrounds the opportunity to use the sport of ice hockey to promote academic achievement, responsibility, respect, teamwork and good character. We provide 200+ young athletes per year the opportunity to learn to play this great sport. The program is held at the Oak Lawn Ice Arena in the spring and Fox Valley Ice arena in the fall.

The HIFE initiative leverages the sport of hockey as a catalyst to help children learn essen al life skills, educa on and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance, and teamwork.


Aidan Brock
P: 630-880-9019

Jackson Hicks
P: 630-877-1699

AHAI Announces 2016-17 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics!!!

The Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc. (AHAI) announced the 2016-17 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics to be conducted at various locations over the next few months.

IHOA Announces 2016-17 Officials Seminar Program!!!

The Illinois Hockey Officials Association (IHOA) announced the 2016-17 Officials Seminar Program to be conducted at various locations over the next few months.

The Central District and USA Hockey have announced the following important Girls’ Development dates for 2017.

Central District Playoffs for USA Hockey Nationals
March 17-19, 2017

Central District/USA Hockey Girls’ Development Camp Tryouts (Wisconsin)
March 24-26, 2017

USA Hockey Girls Tier I & Girls Tier II National Championships
April 6-10, 2017

America’s High School Showcase (Pittsburgh)
April 20-23, 2017

USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Education Program Clinic Announced!

AHAI and USA Hockey annouce they will be conducting a two day USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinic on Saturday, August 27th from 9 AM until 5 PM and Sunday, August 28th from 8 AM until 2 PM at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel located at 1551 North Thoreau Drive in Schaumburg, IL 60173 — 847.303.4100. 

The Fee is $245.00 which includes lunch on Saturday. Check-in will begin on Saturday from 8 AM to 9 AM with the Clinic beginning promptly at 9 AM. Check in on Sunday is from 7 AM to 8 AM with the Clinic beginning promptly at 8 AM. 

Register online for Clinic Here

There are a limited number of rooms available at Renaissance Marriott at the special USAH CEP Clinic rate of: $109.00 per night. Please call the Marriott Renaissance Hotel directly at 847.303.4100 to reserve a room.  We hope you take advantage of this special opportunity.

A Step aHead Registration Opens July 1, 2016!

AHAI, the Chicago Blackhawks, Athletico and NorthShore University HealthSystem are proud to announce the 6th year of the “A Step aHead” program, which provides free baseline neurocognitive testing and education on concussions to the youth hockey community. The program will run from July 1 through November 30, 2016. All AHAI players aged 11-18 years old are eligible for free baseline testing. Beginning July 1 you may register online by clicking HERE.

Additionally, the “A Step aHead” program will again provide concussion education to AHAI coaches, parents and players. Further information about the testing programs and educational opportunities will be available in the AHAI newsletter, AHAI emails and through your clubs. We look forward to another year of working with the hockey community to improve safety in the sport we all love!

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