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Modified Shorthanded Icing Rule Delivers More Skill Development

USA Hockey has modified its playing rules for the 14-and-Under age classification and all younger age classifications (youth and girls) to no longer legalize icing while a team is shorthanded. Beginning with the 2017-18 season, if a team ices the puck while shorthanded, it will result in a whistle followed by a defensive-zone faceoff. The team that commits an icing infraction will be allowed to change lines and/or players prior to the defensive-zone faceoff. The rationale behind this rule change is twofold. 

  • First, and most importantly, the change will encourage greater skill development for 10U, 12U and 14U players. These young athletes are in their prime skill development windows and will benefit greatly from the increased emphasis this rule change places on promoting puck possession, puck protection and play-making (as opposed to merely firing the puck down the ice, which is a low-skill tactic). 
  • Second, the change prevents a penalized team from gaining an exception to a rule (icing) that is in effect while teams are at even strength.

 

U8 (Mites) Cross Ice

The following structure of mite play is designed to further implement USA Hockey’s American Development Model and is based on the revised rules and requirements as implemented by USA Hockey. The mite structure shall be as follows: 

  1. USA Hockey has eliminated all full-ice practices & games. Therefore, no CHC team is permitted to participate in full-ice practices, or games. 

  2. Cross-Ice is defined as an ice surface no longer than 100 feet. This is the longest playing dimension allowed. There are no exceptions. 

  3. USA Hockey has advised that if teams choose to play on ice surfaces longer than 100 feet – insurance will not be in effect for all parties involved with this event. 

  4. All declared CHC Mite teams are considered Cross-Ice. 

  5. USA Hockey’s ADM guidelines are to be utilized for all games & practices.

  6. Since full-ice mites have been eliminated, only cross-ice and/or jamboree events will be offered by the CHC at seasons end. 

Enforcement: 

  1. Cross-Ice teams choosing to play on ice surfaces longer than 100 feet, will be fined $750.00 for their first offense. 

  2. A second offense will automatically disqualify the entire program from participation in all 2017-2018 CHC sponsored State and Regional tournaments at all levels, namely, 8U (Mites), 10U (Squirts), 12U (Pee-Wees), 14U (Bantams), and 15O, 16U, 18U (Midgets). 

  3. Further sanctions may be levied by the Board of Directors after a hearing before the Executive Committee. 

 

Spectator/Player/Coach Rule Updates

In an effort to help control inappropriate spectator, player and Coach behavior, the following CHC rules have been passed and will be implemented as of November 16, 2015 Rule:

“PARENTS/SPECTATORS:

A game will be stopped by on-ice officials when the parents/spectators displaying inappropriate or disruptive behavior interfere with other parents/spectators or the game. The on-ice officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents/spectators from the parents’/spectators’ viewing and game area, and providing the identity and affiliation of the subject parent/spectator. Once removed, play will resume. Lost ice time will not be replaced. As a result, a game may have to be shortened or move to running time. Violators will incur a minimum mandatory 3-game suspension from that team’s games, as well as any other team in that program that the violator has a personal interest in, such as a child on the team. Additionally, they may be subject to further disciplinary action by the local governing body.”

Rule:

“COACHES:

A game will be stopped by on-ice officials when the coach displaying inappropriate or disruptive behavior interferes with the game. The on-ice officials will follow proscribed procedure regarding escalation of penalties until such point as a Game Misconduct is assessed, at which time they will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing said coach from the bench and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost ice time will not be replaced. As a result, a game may have to be shortened or move to running time. Violators will incur a minimum mandatory 3-game suspension from that team’s games, as well as any other team in that program with which the violator holds a coaching position. During the period of their suspension, they are also suspended from any participation on practices with any affected team. Additionally, they may be subject to further disciplinary action by the local governing body.”

Process:

An official will file an electronic “Incident Report” detailing the official’s version of the occurrence with the CHC Commissioners, including the name of the accused spectator or coach and their team affiliation. The appropriate Commissioner sends the report to the offender’s program in order for the program to conduct an investigation. Upon completion of the program’s investigation (that should include talking to the accused individual) the investigating club will report back to the Commissioner for final approval of the minimum 3-game suspension or any additional suspension proposed or imposed by the program. It is the Commissioner’s ultimate discretion whether to enforce, reduce or extend the assessed suspension.

This is a very simple rule. Any spectator asked to leave a rink by an official or by the rink personnel will automatically miss a minimum of 3 games. No questions asked.

NOTES:

It should be pointed out that games will NOT resume until the offending party has been identified to the official, including their program affiliation, if required, and has left the game area. Therefore, it is in the interests of the teams to provide this information in a timely manner, so as not to impact the actual game play. This is a very simple rule. Any spectator or coach asked to leave a rink by an official or by the rink personnel will automatically miss a minimum of 3 games. No questions asked.

The reasons for this necessary minimum 3-game suspension rule are simple; last season there was a marked increase in coaches’/parents’/spectators’ behavior being out of control. These behaviors included verbal and physical altercations with officials, players and other spectators. Additionally clubs/teams that have a responsibility to help control and penalize these behaviors were asking for guidance from CHC. No matter why a spectator is asked to leave, the minimum suspension is 3 games. There is emphasis on a minimum of 3 games.

Second Offenses:

Any Spectator or Coach incurring a second Game Misconduct for Abuse of Officials or Unsportsmanlike Conduct will be required to appear before the respective District Commissioner prior to being allowed to return to the stands /bench, as appropriate. 


Checking Restrictions

USA Hockey Board of Directors Approves All Points of Progressive Checking Skill Development Program

The program includes the following elements:
It encourages more body contact in the pre-body checking age categories by providing more training and support for coaches and referees; and encouraging more legal body contact in the pre-body checking age categories through “Point of Emphasis” rule #1 passed by the Board.

It tightens the standard of play for intimidation hits in the legal body checking age categories. Beginning in the 2011-12 season, legal body checking in games will begin at the Bantam age level (ages 13-14).

The Board also passed rules that prohibit any check that comes in contact with the head or neck. The goal of this rule is to make the player more responsible for actions that make contact to the head or neck similar to rules now in place for stick infractions to the head.

 
Coaching Education Program:  CEP 
Effective starting with the 2011-2012 season, USA Hockey Coaches are now required to complete an online module or modules (specific to any/all current age levels being coached), AND attend a CEP clinic to advance NO MORE AND NO LESS THAN ONE CEP LEVEL PER YEAR until Level 4 certification is completed.  Level 4 clinics run Fri - thru - Sun and require a weekend-long commitment so please plan ahead.  Coaches currently at Level 3 certification may renew their L3 online up to TWO TIMES TOTAL (past seasons included), at which point completing a Level 4 clinic is required to continue coaching.