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USA Hockey Annual Guide Update

By USA Hockey, 03/02/18, 6:45PM MST

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Dear Affiliate Presidents, Registrars and Associate Registrars, and members of the Youth Council and Girls/Women’s Section:

   Please review the following information from the Youth Council clarifying questions regarding the tryout rules in the Annual Guide. On pages 136-37 of the Annual Guide, Section III (E), Youth Tier I Standards and Criteria states:

USA Hockey recognizes Youth Tier I programs/teams only at the 14U, 15 Only, 16U and 18U age levels. The following criteria must be met for any team to be classified as a Tier I team in any Affiliate:

  • Tryouts for Tier I teams must be published and advertised. No youth Tier I or II team may recruit or solicit players or offer hockey contracts to players for the following season, or hold development camps, tryouts, player selections or any activity that could be construed as a tryout/solicitation or recruitment for the following season, until 48 hours after the last game of Youth National Championships (both Tier I and Tier II Nationals must be completed). For example, if the National Tournament ends at 4 pm on Monday, tryouts can begin after 4 pm on Wednesday. Any violation of this prohibition may subject the coach, team, program and/or responsible administrators to appropriate discipline, or ineligibility of the team or coach, as determined by the Affiliate.

Note: For this season only, Youth Council voted to allow an exception for Youth Tier I and II teams to tryout 24 hours after the completion of the 2018 Tier I National Championships because of the one-day extension of the Youth Tier I National Championships.


And, on page 138 of the Annual Guide, Section III (F), Girls Tier I Standards and Criteria states:
 

USA Hockey recognizes Girls Tier I programs/teams only at the 14U, 16U and 19U age levels. The following criteria must be met for any team to be classified as a Tier I team in any Affiliate:

  • Tryouts for Tier I teams must be published and advertised. No girls Tier I or II team may recruit or solicit players or offer hockey contracts to players for the following season, or hold development camps, tryouts, player selections or any activity that could be construed as a tryout/solicitation or recruitment for the following season, until 48 hours after the last game of Girls National Championships (both Tier I and Tier II Nationals must be completed). For example, if the National Tournament ends at 4 pm on Monday, tryouts can begin after 4 pm on Wednesday. Any violation of this prohibition may subject the coach, team, program and/or responsible administrators to appropriate discipline, or ineligibility of the team or coach, as determined by the Affiliate.



After discussion by the Youth Council during Winter Meeting and on its February 13, 2018, Zoom conference call, the Youth Council unanimously agreed that the provisions above prohibit a team (girls or youth) from being recognized as a Tier I team or being eligible for National Championships if it violates the provision regarding tryouts from Sections III (E) or (F) on pages 136-38 of the Annual Guide. This is because of the prefatory language immediately preceding the bullet point for the Youth and Girls Tier I Standards (“The following criteria must be met for any team to be classified as a Tier I team in any Affiliate:”). If a Tier I team recruits or solicits players or offers hockey contracts to players for the following season, or holds development camps, tryouts, player selections or any activity that could be construed as a tryout/solicitation or recruitment for the following season prior to 48 hours after National Championships (for this season only, the 48 hour rule has been reduced to 24 hours for Youth Tier I or II), said team will be ineligible to be recognized as a Tier I team and will not be eligible for National Championships for the season for which it was holding tryouts.

   Additionally, on Page 134 of the Annual Guide, Section III (B), Tryout/Player Selection states:
 

Tryouts for all Tier I & II 14U-18U Youth and 14U-19U Girls Teams. Effective as of the 2017-18 season, no youth or girls Tier I or Tier II team may recruit or solicit players or offer hockey contracts to players for the following season, or hold development camps, tryouts, player selections or any activity that could be construed as a tryout/solicitation or recruitment for the following season, until 48 hours after the last game of Youth National Championships (both Tier I and Tier II Nationals must be completed). For example, if the National Tournament ends at 4 pm on Monday, tryouts can begin after 4 pm on Wednesday. Any violation of this prohibition may subject the coach, team, program and/or responsible administrators to appropriate discipline, or ineligibility of the team or coach, as determined by the Affiliate. 


The Youth Council recognizes that the Affiliate has the authority to subject the coach, team, program and/or responsible administrators to appropriate discipline, or ineligibility of the team or coach for violation of this provision. On its February 13, 2018, Zoom conference call, the Youth Council discussed appropriate discipline that may be taken by the Affiliate. Youth Council unanimously agreed that the appropriate discipline for any Tier II team in violation Section III (B) is to prohibit said team from being recognized as a Tier II team and making said team ineligible for the National Championships for the season for which it was holding tryouts. Youth Council strongly recommends that all Affiliates impose this recommended discipline.

Sincerely,

David Klasnick
David Klasnick
USA Hockey Vice President and Youth Council Chairperson