MAHA Treasure State League MAHA HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Version 2 2007-2008 Season Includes Policies Adopted through 9-1-07 MISSION The mission of the MAHA High School Hockey League is to provide high school students the opportunity to participate in a high quality youth sports program, promoting the life skills inherent to participation in a competitive environment through the sport of amateur hockey. Through training, education and the use of key role models, the values of sportsmanship and family participation will be at the forefront of all efforts. ARTICLE I. SCHOOL AFFILIATION The State of Montana does not sanction ice hockey as an official high school sport. Schools do not select the teams and do not have anything to do with the operation of MAHA or its league. Therefore, some schools may not award such things as PE credit, varsity letters, etc. Many schools in the league have set up ice hockey as a club sport. This is a school-by-school decision, and level of support may vary. MAHA strongly encourages and welcomes school support and involvement. ARTICLE II. ELIGIBILITY 1. Players currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 attending a Montana high school or home school are eligible provided that they meet USA Hockey’s current minimum specified age for first year Bantams and one year over the specified age for Midgets. 2. The Board may require a player and his/her parent or guardian to certify their continuing eligibility to participate in MAHA programs. 3. Players must be in “good standing” at their respective school to be eligible. 4. Players may not receive payment or other compensation for playing. 5. A player may not participate if convicted of a felony as defined by the State of Montana. 6. Only players complying with all aspects of Montana Amateur Hockey Association Policies are eligible. 7. Only players registered with USA Hockey and MAHA are eligible. 8. Only players who have paid all USA Hockey and MAHA fees are eligible. 9. Only players complying with all applicable team rules are eligible. 10. Players must be rostered on a team through the league to play for that team. NO substitute players will be allowed to participate in any game including goalies or practice with another team without prior consent from MAHA High School Commissioner. 12. Guidelines for participation. 12.1.MAHA has no objection to its players playing in other ice hockey leagues, including travel programs, but does prefer that they are USA Hockey affiliated. Recognizing that players participating in more than one league during the season will inevitably run into scheduling conflicts for both practices and games, the following are offered as guidelines for consideration by players, families and coaches. 12.2. Players and their families need to determine whether they can afford the financial and time commitment associated with playing in two or more leagues. Scheduling conflicts will likely occur and refunds will not be approved due to practices and/or games missed because of conflicts in the high school hockey schedule and the travel team schedule. Players, families and coaches must clearly agree on how priorities will be set in order to deal with scheduling conflicts. It would be helpful if direct communication took place between both coaches to ensure there is a clear understanding as to how priorities will be set and how each coach will deal with the result. 12.3. MAHA coaches should consider whether it is in the best interest of the team to hold a slot open for a player who may miss many of the practices, and may not meet MAHA’s 9 game minimum, especially if holding this slot deprives a worthy player of consideration. Players, families and coaches should consider whether it is in the best interests of the player to play in two or more leagues where style and physical aspects of play, coaching strategies, officiating and quality of opposition may be significantly different. Players and families should also take into account a player’s ability to maintain a grade level that is consistent with meeting their academic goals while playing in two or more leagues. ARTICLE III. REGISTRATION 1. Players must register with their local hockey associaiton. 2. Players must register online with USA Hockey at any time before December 31 of the current season prior to taking the ice. Players must provide proof of USA Hockey registration in the form of a printed online receipt to their local hockey association. 3. No player may register or participate on more than one MAHA-sanctioned team in an age division (MAHA age divisions: Midget U18, Midget U16, High School, JV, Bantam A, Bantam B, Peewee A, Peewee B, Squirt A, Squirt B). 4. A player may not practice with any team on which they are not rostered. 5. High school teams may roster all Varsity and JV players on the same team. 6. The deadline for registration and rostering is December 31. Players that are rostered after the season starts must be approved by the MAHA High School Commisioner to be eligible for league play. ARTICLE IV. TEAMS Player Placement 1. All teams must have a minimum of 12 skaters and one goaltender and up to a maximum of 28 skaters and two goaltenders. High school teams may roster 30 players and may dress 20 players 2. All teams will be rostered: HIGH SCHOOL/PREP SCHOOL DIVISION 1=Formal high school and prep school teams or non-varsity teams consisting of full-time students attending high school/prep school. 3. Players that attend a high school that has a pure (12 skaters, 1 goalie) high school team(s) must first be assigned to their high school team. 4. Players who attend a high school that does not have a pure high school team must be assigned to either a combined high school team or a junior varsity team based on skill level or geographic requirements. 5. If a player does not make their pure high school team based on skill level or maximum roster size and that team has no junior varsity team, that player may be placed on a combined high school varsity team or on a junior varsity team based on their skill level and geographical area. 6. If a coach determines that a player lacks the skills to participate on a Varsity team and the school does not have sufficient players to have a junior varsity team, the coach may make a written request to the league that the player be placed on another lower level combined team. Pure High School Teams 1. Every high school team will consist of a Head Coach, two or more assistant coaches, a Team Manager, and players. MAHA recommends each team have a school hockey club and a Parent Booster Club. 3. Pure high school teams are encouraged to play in the Varsity division. Combined High School Teams 1. Each Combined High School team will consist of a Head Coach, two or more assistant coaches, a Team Manager and players. MAHA recommends that each school participating on the Combined High School team have a school hockey club and Parent Booster Club. 2. Combined teams may participate in either the JV or Varsity league. Team Structure The MAHA high school hockey league is designed to provide an opportunity for youth hockey players participating in community or local hockey programs to represent their communities and high schools throughout the state. The league shall be comprised of teams that are registered with USA Hockey as high school/house rec. teams and will comply with all of the requirements and rules under USA Hockey for rosters, registration and age requirements. A high school team may be comprised of both high school “varsity” players and “junior varsity” players based upon the design and structure of the team under each local association’s rules. If an association has a separate “junior varsity” team that is participating in the MAHA junior varsity league, player movement shall be allowed between the junior varsity and varsity according to USA Hockey rules for “add/drop” arrangements. The restrictions on adding and dropping players between a varsity and junior varsity team in the high school league shall not be affected by the December 31 cut off for final team rosters. However, the requirements for a minimum number of games played will apply to any player on a high school team for purposes of being eligible to participate in the state tournaments, it being the intent to promote growth and development of the players between or within a team throughout the season. Players may be cross rostered on a high school team and a junior varsity team if necessary. All games shall be played under the high school hockey rules and procedures for MAHA and all teams which become eligible for year end tournaments, whether divisionals or state, must attend such post season tournament. ARTICLE V. GAME PROCEDURES General 1. The MAHA Board of Directors will determine the length of the season and tournament schedule. 14 games within division – 4 cross division games. 2. Players must play in 50% of Treasure State League games to be eligible to participate at the state tournament. 3. The host team will pay all ice and referee expenses. Game Rules 1. MAHA will follow all rules set by USA Hockey with the following exceptions. 1.1. Length of Game 1.1.1. Each Varsity and Junior Varsity game will consist of three eighteen minute stop-time periods. Games will go to running time when there is a seven goal differential. If the differential becomes less than 7, the clock will be reset to stop-time. There will be a st nd five minute warmup before each game, a one minute break between the 1 and 2 nd rd periods, and an ice make between the 2 and 3 periods. Wins 1. The winning team will receive two points for each win. Ties 1. If there is a tie at the end of regulation, the game shall end and each team will receive one point. Fair Play 1. Teams will receive a bonus point for 6 penalties or less. State Tournament 1. Seeding 1.1. The top 4 Varsity teams from each division (east and west) will advance to the state tournament. There will be no state tournament for JV teams. 2. The winner of the MAHA State High School Tournament will advance to the Northern Plains High School District Tournament. MAHA Treasure State League MAHA MIDGET HOCKEY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Version 2 2007-2008 Season Includes Policies Adopted through 9-1-07 ARTICLE I. REGISTRATION 1. Players must register with their local hockey associaiton. 2. Players must register online with USA Hockey at any time before December 31 of the current season prior to taking the ice. Players must provide proof of USA Hockey registration in the form of a printed online receipt to their local hockey association. 3. No player may register or participate on more than one MAHA-sanctioned team in an age division (MAHA age divisions: Midget U18, Midget U16, High School, JV, Bantam A, Bantam B, Peewee A, Peewee B, Squirt A, Squirt B). 4. A player may not practice with any team on which they are not rostered. 5. A player may not register on more than one team that participates in games leading towards a national championship. Player changes to the official team roster form (1-T) for youth Tier I and Tier II teams and girls’/women’s (except Women’s A) national tournament-bound teams will not be accepted after December 31. 6. The deadline for registration and rostering is December 31. ARTICLE II. TEAMS Player Placement 1. All teams must have a minimum of 12 skaters and one goaltender and up to a maximum of 18 skaters and two goaltenders. 2. All teams will be rostered as Tier II. ARTICLE III. GAME PROCEDURES General 1. The MAHA President will determine the playoff schedule. 2. Players must play in 10 of 20 games to be eligible to participate at the district tournament. 3. MAHA will pay all ice and referee expenses. Game Rules 1. MAHA will follow all rules set by USA Hockey. District Playoff 1. Tier II teams wishing to participate at the District Tournament will announce their intentions to MAHA President by December 31. 2. The winner of the playoffs will advance to the Northern Plains District Tournament.
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