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HOCKEY - is all in the family!!!

Hockey IS a family sport

2/5/22 Billings vs Havre (High School Varsity)

Alex Picicci
Pat Picicci - Northern Plains District Ref-in-Chief
Ryan Picicci
Reigan Picicci

Parents and players please read up on the new set of rule changes USAHockey made this summer.

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10U Half-Ice starts this season.

After a season postponement, during the MAHA Annual Meeting on May 15th, it was voted for the start of half-ice for the 10U age groups.

#1 USA Hockey Membership

Player/Coach/Official/Volunteer Registration

#2 Safe Sport Training

ANNUAL - 3 season cycle (1-full training, 2&3- refresher). **Youth turning 17 & 18 during the season are required to take SafeSport training. (birth years 2003/2004/2005)**

#3 Background Screening


MAHA Grow the Game

MAHA Grow the Game Director Russ Barnett has put together the following document to share growth ideas here in the state. Please reach out to Russ at to share your ideas on how MAHA can continue to Grow the Game.

MAHA Officiating Abuse - Zero Tolerance Policy

The MAHA Board has passed the MAHA Officiating Abuse - Zero Tolerance Policy. This policy will be in effect immediately. Please make sure that all within your local associations and USA Hockey registered adult groups are aware of this policy.

Officiating Retention

It is becoming harder and harder to recruit and retain officials for all sports. USA Hockey is taking the steps to be a leader in the change of culture when it comes to abuse of official. USA Hockey established a task force to investigate abuse of official across the country and they presented their findings at the 2020 USA Hockey Winter Meetings. The results were staggering.! Please see the task forces presentation below.

MAHA let's be leaders and be in fore front of changing the culture when it comes to abuse of official!

USA Hockey MATCH Penalty requirement for rule 601 (e3)

Please click the link to view the new MATCH penalty requirement for anyone that uses hateful or discriminatory language. USA Hockey rule 601 (e3).

USA Hockey Player Safety, Fair Play and Respect along with Acceptable and Non-acceptable Body Checking examples.

USA Hockey recently released its Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play and Respect. Along with examples of acceptable body checks and non-acceptable body checks. Please find that information in the links below.

Declaration of Safety, Fair Play and Respect.
The video to the right shares examples of acceptable and unacceptable body checking to help educate all involved in the sport as to the intent of the Declaration, which is focused on player safety and moving our sport forward.

It should be noted that USA Hockey supports legal body contact and body checking. The culture shift is an on-going effort to eliminate 1) hits from behind, 2) late hits and 3) hits to the head by more clearly defining body checking.

NHL & USA Hockey - Proud Partners in Hockey


USA Hockey Program Services

The Program Services site is a resource center for local youth association leadership. Its goal is to provide local associations with the tools necessary to deliver the best youth sports experience in their community. These include growth and retention programs that associations can easily apply in their own structure.