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In order to comply with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 149, Sections 54 – 105, all officials must reach the age of 14 prior to being allowed to officiate USA Hockey games within the Massachusetts District. In addition, all officials age 14 to 17 must submit the proper documentation to the league(s) they work for prior to being assigned any games. M.G.L. Chapter 149 also restricts officials age 14 to 17 on the number of hours they can work in a day and the times of day they are allowed to officiate.
New Rulebook Next Year. In 2013 USA Hockey moved from a two-year to a four-year rulebook update schedule. Consequently, this will be the final year for the 2013-2017 Rulebook. Playing rule change proposals are submitted Playing Rules Committee and reviewed by the USA Hockey Playing Rules Committee. The Playing Rules Committee meets in early winter to discuss and make a preliminary recommendation on each proposal. These recommendations are then forwarded to the various Councils/Sections and Committees and are posted on USAHockey.com. The Board of Directors will review and make any amendments to the proposals during the Winter Meeting and they are again posted on USAHockey.com. The Winter Meeting was held in Orlando Jan. 12-15 and the results of this preliminary review are posted here: 2017_Rule_Change_Proposals.
The Playing Rules Committee will meet one more time during the Annual Congress in an open forum and will review each proposal taking into consideration the feedback received from the respective Councils/Sections and Committees. At that time, they will make a final recommendation on each proposal to be presented to the Board of Directors for adoption or defeat. The Board can accept the recommendation of the Playing Rules Committee or can make their own determination. Once the Board has voted and adopted the changes, work on editing the rule book gets started right away so the new version can be ready at the start of the season. The playing rule changes that are formally adopted in June 2017 by the USA Hockey Board of Directors will go into effect for the 2017-18 through 2020-21 seasons.
2017 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships Sites
|Youth Tier I (14U)||Scottsdale, Arizona||Arizona Amateur Hockey||April 6-10, 2017|
|Youth Tier I (16U, 18U)||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Pittsburgh Penguins Elite||April 6-10, 2017|
|Girls Tier I||Farmington, Michigan||HoneyBaked Hockey Club||April 6-10, 2017|
|Women’s A, B, C||Farmington, Michigan||HoneyBaked Hockey Club||April 6-9, 2017|
|High School||Cleveland, Ohio||Cleveland Suburban Hockey||March 30-April 3, 2017|
|Girls Tier II||Troy, Michigan||Troy Youth Hockey Association||April 6-10, 2017|
|Youth Tier II (14U)||Coral Springs, Florida||Florida Panthers Ice Den||April 6-10, 2017|
|Youth Tier II (16U)||Dallas, Texas||Texas Amateur Hockey||April 6-10, 2017|
|Youth Tier II (18U)||Lansing, Michigan||Lansing Hockey Club||April 6-10, 2017|
|Sled||San Jose, California||Sharks Ice||April 6-9, 2017|
|Americas Showcase||Pittsburgh, Penn||April 20-24, 2017|
There is a big change coming to youth hockey, and it’s all about names.
Based on a rule change by USA Hockey, age classifications will no longer have name labels like ‘midget’ or ‘bantam’ in the USAH rulebook.
Instead, all age categories for youth hockey are to be referred to only by age number – 12U, 14U, 16U, etc.
Within the legislative proposals addressed at USA Hockey’s Annual Congress, ‘Legal Council #3 Amended’ is the document in which the name changes take place; the proposal was approved by the board of directors.
The ‘intention of proposal’ states: “To remove references to age classifications using Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget, and instead refer to them using age categories.”
USA Hockey’s Legal Council and Disabled Section submitted the original proposal.
The proposal states that the ‘housekeeping changes’ of removing the names would take place in these areas:
You can see the approved proposal here.
How age categories will now be referred to:
Congratulations to the Massachusetts Officials chosen to work in National Tournaments this year!
Well deserved, thank you for representing!
Jack Hevey and Hunter Neale were selected to participate in USA Hockey’s Officials Shadow Program as part of Hockey Weekend Across America, where they saw Wednesday’s (2/24) Bruins game against Pittsburgh, and had the opportunity to meet the refs pregame.
From Jack’s Dad :
First, thanks to the Bruins Organization, Mass Hockey and USA Hockey for this opportunity. Candidly, for the boys to have a chance to meet the NHL refs and ask questions was great. Its nice to hear they started the same way as Jack and Hunter and through love of the game and passion, its become a career. One of things that stuck out for Jack was Mort’s comment on how managing the game, players and coaches is very similar to any sort of business life. It’s managing people and giving and getting respect. They provided some key take a way’s and also suggested Referee clinics to strive to get better and better.Special thanks goes out to Mike Dargin and his group. He and Andrew were gracious hosts and Mike walked us around personally so the boys could see what goes into a Bruins game. We saw warm ups from the glass and the boys were even introduced to one of Ice Managers who let them try on his Stanley Cup ring. Mike added in the fist bumps with the Bruins which was pretty cool. Especially, Brad Marchand fist bumping the boys with a little joking around. All in all a great night and the 5-1 win topped it off.