Parents and players please read up on the new set of rule changes USAHockey made this summer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to share your ideas on how MAHA can continue to Grow the Game.
The MAHA Annual Guide is in the process of being updated and placed in the publications tab, under Annual Guide.
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.
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If you have any questions please reach out to any MAHA Board Member.
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.
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!
Please click the link to view the new MATCH penalty requirement for anyone that uses hateful or discriminatory language. USA Hockey rule 601 (e3). https://www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/1061121
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.
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.
USA Hockey along with the U.S. Ice Rinks Association and USA Figure Skating have put together a guide for returning to the rink from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to this guide when considering the opening of rinks in Montana. MAHA, also encourages all rinks to follow guidelines issued by the state of Montana, county health departments and local governments.
MAHA has developed a set of Guidelines and Recommendations, these Guidelines and Recommendations will be used to guide and support the policies and procedures put in place by MAHA's local associations, local health departments, the State of Montana, and the CDC.
MAHA's Guidelines and Recommendations can be found under the COVID-19 tab on this webpage. Information regarding the MAHA Treasure State League is still being finalized, that information will be posted no later than Labor Day weekend.
Please view the COVID-19 tab for COVID-19 resources.
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.