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AAA Youth State Championships Rules


Tier 1 AAA MAHA Rules and Procedures
MAHA Home/Away Game Series


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  • Game schedules for all teams must be emailed to Roger Mauritho MAHA Vice President of Youth by September 10, 2018 by the club heads
    The games are one (1) home and one (1) away against all the other AAA clubs in the age group The results of these games determine the seeding for the state tournament in March 2019
  • Schedules/standings will be posted on the MAHA website similar to prior years
  • All games must be completed and entered into the MAHA website by the home team by Monday, February 25th, 2019
  • Scores must be posted 48 hours after the game is completed
    The home team is responsible, but either team can enter scores
  • All game scores need to be entered by the end of the day on Monday February 25
    If a team does not have its home game scores entered by the deadline, the head coach is suspended for the first game of the state tournament
  • If there is an error/incorrect score or a missing score and it results in incorrect standings, every effort will be made to remedy that error or missing game score immediately and use the correct standings for seedings to eliminate the issues encountered in 2018

General Rules For All Divisions

  • These games must be marked on the scoresheet
    Please make sure to agree on your MAHA games (tournament games cannot be used) prior to the game commencing
  • League games may be allowed to count for these MAHA games
  • If there is a five (5) goal differential in the 3rd period, the game must go to running time (not an option)
    If a penalty is called, the clock should stop
    At the drop of the puck, the clock reverts back to run time
    If the score differential becomes three (3), the clock reverts back to stop time
  • All games are non-curfew


  • The top eight (8) teams qualify for the state tournament

15 Only, 16U, 18U

  • 17 minute stop time periods
  • 5 minute warm up
  • One 1 minute time out allowed during the game (including OT)
  • 3 Point System: 3 points for a win in regulation, 2 points for a win in OT, 1 point for an OT Loss
  • Overtime Procedures:
    • Five (5) minute sudden death OT period, 4 on 4
    • If the score is still tied at the completion of the five minute OT period, a three (3) man shoot-out commences; if the game is still tied after the first three shooters, play continues sudden death; all players must be used prior to using a single player again; once all players have been used, you can use any player you wish if the game is still tied
    • The home team chooses to shoot first or second
  • 3 person referee system
  • Resurface at the first whistle after ten (10) minutes into the 2nd period
  • You must have a two hour block of ice; you cannot “adjust” the rules to “squeeze” the game in in 90 minutes

14U, 13U, 12U, 11U, 10U

  • 15 minute stop time periods
  • 3 minute warm up
  • 14U and 13U: ice resurface at the first whistle after ten (10) minutes into the 2nd period
  • 12U, 11U, 10U: no ice resurface during the game
  • One 1 minute time out allowed
  • 2 Point System, 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss
  • No overtime; games can end in a tie
  • 2 person referee system

18U State Playoff Format

  • Quarter-Final weekend will be in one location on the same weekend
  • Quarter-Final weekend will be at Suburban Ice in East Lansing
    Dates will be March 1, Friday at 6:30, 6:30, 8:30, 8:30
    March 2, Saturday at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2;30
    March 3, Sunday if needed at 9:00, 9:30, 11:00, 11:30
  • Costs will be $390.00 per team per game
    This cost is based on 2 hour games, with a scorekeeper, and referees (3 person system)
  • Semi-Final (week 2) and Final (week 3) weekend formats will stay the same as this past year and be held at Taylor