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What are the critical dates for adding and dropping players (11/12/2022)

Summary

USA Hockey Rules
>No player changes after December 31 for national championship bound teams
>If a player plays in a junior game after December 31, he/she loses all eligibility on his/her youth team

MAHA Rules
>Player releases, unless requested by the player, cannot be made later than November 30 of the current playing season to be eligible for District, State and National tournaments.
>No players can be added to a team’s roster after December 23rd of the current playing season to be eligible for District, State and National tournaments.
>Junior players returning to youth will have a deadline of December 31st.

HPHL Rules
Once a team turns in its official roster to the League, it is frozen as to players who are eligible to play on that team for that year’s regular season and playoffs. Thereafter, a team may only add players to its roster by and with the express approval of the Commissioner of the HPHL.


USA Hockey 2022-23 Annual Guide; Rules and Regulations

III. TEAM MEMBERSHIP AND REGISTRATION
   D. National Championship-Bound Teams

A player may not register on more than one team that participates in games leading towards a national championship except for players on High School division teams, who may also play on a Youth or Girls national championship bound team. Player changes to the official team roster form (1-T) for youth or girls Tier I and Tier II national championship-bound teams will not be accepted after December 31. Refer to Rules and Regulations Section IX: District Playoffs and National Championships, for additional requirements for national championship-bound teams.

No player may play in more than one State, Affiliate or District Championship or playoffs leading thereto. However, a player rostered on both a High School division team and a Youth or Girls national championship-bound team may play in teams’ State, Affiliate or District Championship or playoffs leading thereto.

In the event a player is registered on more than one team that participates in games leading towards a national championship, the appropriate registrar shall have the final authority to certify the eligibility of any such player solely on the basis of the date on which the effective date of the earliest team roster registration form, as provided above, is received.

Girls . . . . . . .

Except for players playing in Tier I or Tier II Junior hockey pursuant to the Youth/Junior Affiliated Player Policy, any youth player (male or female) rostered on a Tier I or Tier II youth or girls team and a Junior Program team as of December 31, can only play for one team after December 31. Except for players playing in Tier I or Tier II Junior hockey pursuant to the Youth/Junior Affiliate Player Policy, if the player plays in a Junior game after December 31, he/she loses all eligibility on his/her youth or girls team for the remainder of the season, regardless of how many games are played at the Junior level. Disputes regarding this rule should be resolved by the appropriate registrar.

IX. STATE/AFFILIATE AND/OR DISTRICT PLAYOFFS AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Youth Classifications
[13 & 14 (14U), 15-only (15O), 15 & 16 (16U), 17 & 18 (18U)]
Girls Classifications
[13 & 14 (14U), 15 & 16 (16U), 17 to 19 (19U)]
High School Divisions
(Division I, Division II, Prep School Division, Girls Division)

Each season, USA Hockey shall conduct state/affiliate and/or district playoffs and national championship tournaments and/or playoffs leading thereto in the Youth Girls and High School age classifications. The rules and regulations governing eligibility and qualification for the state/affiliate and/or district and national championships are set forth in this Article IX. The USA Hockey Youth Council shall approve a USA Hockey State/Affiliate and/or District and National Championship Tournament Guidebook, which shall be published and available on the USA Hockey website on or before September 1 prior to the following year’s state/affiliate and/or district and national championship tournaments. Except as set forth herein, to the extent of any contrary information in the USA Hockey Annual Guide, the State/Affiliate and/or District and National Championship Tournament Guidebook shall be the binding authority for the requirements, rules, regulations, operation and procedures of all USA Hockey state/affiliate and/or district and national championship tournaments. For regulations applicable to regional, invitational and national championships for the Junior and Adult classifications, please contact the appropriate registrar, the junior staff liaison, or the USA Hockey national office.

NOTE: Each reference to district and national championship tournaments shall refer to state/affiliate and/or district and national championships tournaments and/or playoffs leading thereto.

A. Player and Team Registration All national tournament-bound teams and players must be registered with USA Hockey and must be a member in good standing of an Affiliate association on or before December 31 of the playing season. Teams competing on natural ice have until January 20 to register. Player changes to the official team roster for youth Tier I and Tier II teams and girls national tournament-bound teams will not be accepted after December 31. For games to count in meeting the 20/10 (14/10 girls) rule, that team’s official team roster registration form (1-T) must be certified by the appropriate district registrar or his/her designee prior to that game being played.


MAHA ANNUAL GUIDE 2022-2023

Rules and Regulations
II. Registration and Rostering: Participants and Teams

T. Player releases, unless requested by the player, cannot be made later than November 30 of the current playing season to be eligible for District, State and National tournaments. No players can be added to a team’s roster after December 23rdof the current playing season to be eligible for District, State and National tournaments. Exceptions to this provision, for District and States, may be made in extraordinary circumstances by a two-thirds majority approval of the State Playoff Committee prior to December 31st. Junior players returning to youth teams will have a deadline of December 31st.


HIGH PERFORMANCE HOCKEY LEAGUE RULES AND REGULATIONS (Revised July 12, 2022)

ARTICLE 2 Team and Player Eligibility

2.1 HPHL teams may only carry on their rosters players who are validly registered with their local USA Hockey affiliate. Except as may be otherwise provided for herein, once a team turns in its official roster to the League, it is frozen as to players who are eligible to play on that team for that year’s regular season and playoffs. Thereafter, a team may only add players to its roster by and with the express approval of the Commissioner of the HPHL. Said approval may only be granted when hardship or other exigent circumstances warrant it.

2.2 Teams claiming hardship or exigent circumstances that necessitate the adding of a new player to their roster must first receive the required permission from their USA Hockey affiliate for the addition, and must thereafter petition the Commissioner for permission to roster the new player. This petition shall be made in writing to the Commissioner and shall explain in detail the circumstances that warrant the addition. In order for permission to be granted, the request must receive approval from the Commissioner. The Commissioner will inform the petitioning organization of the determination. Thereafter, the petitioning team shall only have recourse to the Board of Directors if it is able to muster enough support among the League members to call for a Special Meeting of the Board. In any event, the Commissioner’s or the Board’s determination, as the case may be, shall be final. The Commissioner may unilaterally approve additions to rosters under twenty (20) players as long as the added player did not come from a League partner in the current or previous season (pending all financial obligations with the prior club are met.)

2.3 Teams needing to bring a player up to an older level may do so providing the player is within their own organization, the move is for a specified amount of time (games) and the local affiliate has approved the temporary move of the player. This move should be viewed as temporary and does not constitute a change in the original certified roster provided to the league. Should a permanent roster change be warranted, please refer to section 2.1 and 2.2.

2.4 A player to be added to a team’s roster as provided for herein must receive written release from his current team, must be registered with his new team in compliance with all USA Hockey and USA Hockey local affiliate requirements, and must not have any outstanding financial obligations to another HPHL team or organization. Such a player may not play in any HPHL game until such player has received written permission to do so from the League Commissioner and or Board of Directors.

2.5 To be eligible for competition in the HPHL, a player must be validly registered with USA Hockey through the player’s USA Hockey local affiliate both individually and as a member of a validly registered team. There are no exceptions to this rule.

2.6 All HPHL team rosters must comply with USA Hockey requirements.

2.7 Any team that plays a game with an unrostered player, or with an improperly rostered player, shall forfeit that game. If a team persists in playing such a player, it shall be guilty of conduct detrimental to the HPHL and may be sanctioned or fined as provided for in the League Bylaws 2.8. The purpose of the following is to ensure all persons affiliated with the HPHL have a clear understanding of the League policies governing tampering and the recruitment of Players, Coaches, and Managers. Failure to follow the rules, regulations, and policies may subject the offending individuals to disciplinary action including revocation of member in good standing status. Team and/or organizational success should be built around the development of individual and team skills and not through the recruitment of players. The HPHL operates under the auspices of USA Hockey and its local affiliates. As such, all USAH rules, regulations, and policies governing the conduct of Coaches, Players, and Organizations in regards to player recruitment apply to all HPHL members.