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Designated USA Hockey Affiliate Association 
for North and South Carolina

“Ensuring every day will be a great day for hockey!”

Carolina Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) is the USA Hockey governing body for ice hockey in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina.  Formed in 2000, CAHA's mission is to encourage, foster and promote the development and growth of the sport of amateur hockey in North Carolina and South Carolina.


Play Up Policy Amended for the 2015-2016 Season

The CAHA Board of Directors recently adopted a proposal for amendments to the Play Up Policy which are effective for the 2015-2016 season.  The changes are as follows:

19. 2 – The sentence “Players may not change Associations for the purpose of playing up.” was removed.  Players may not play up if changing associations for any reason.

19.4 (b) “Mites - A player in the Mite age classification is permitted to move up to a Squirt team in an intramural house program only and must meet all criteria described within this policy to be eligible to move up. Under no circumstances will a Mite aged player be approved on a Squirt team roster in any registration category, including but not limited to: Tier II, Rec, House Select, and Invitational Tournament.” was added.  Mites are no longer allowed to participate on a Squirt teams that travel or play games outside their home association. Inserted into 19.4 and all other clauses in the list renumbered appropriately.

19.4 (c) – The sentence “If the player or goaltender is not projected to be within the top 25% of players on the older team, CAHA strongly recommends the play up request is denied.” was removed. All players must rank within the top 25% of the NEXT age classification to play up.  Renumbered as 19.4 (d) due to inclusion of Mite verbiage.

19.4 (e) – “A completed Play-Up Request & Acknowledgement of Risk and Liability Form for all players in a play up situation must be submitted with the team roster in order to receive roster approval from the Associate Registrar.”  The word “certification” was changed to approval.  This is a housekeeping change. Renumbered as 19.4 (f) due to inclusion of Mite verbiage.

19.7 – The sentence “In infrequent circumstances due to numbers, it may be necessary to consolidate age classifications in an Association in order to create teams.” was changed to “In small market associations where the number of registered players within the geography of the association at an age classification do not equal one team, it may be necessary to consolidate age classifications in order to create teams.” Clarification that this exception is for small market associations only.  Consolidation teams may begin with Squirt/Pee Wee.  Mite/Squirt consolidation are not allowed outside of intramural house leagues.

19.12 – “CAHA will not accept or consider requests for waivers or exceptions to this Play Up Policy.” was added.  The Play Up Policy is firm and CAHA will not consider waivers for players or Associations that do not meet the criteria of the policy. 

Please visit the Play Up Policy webpage for more information.


2015 CAHA Board of Directors Election Results

The 2015 CAHA Board of Directors election concluded June 5, 2015. All ballots received by June 5 were counted and USA Hockey is pleased to announce Douglas Cote was elected to the North Carolina 3 position and Rick Daniel was elected to the North Carolina 4 position.

Many thanks to outgoing Directors Yvonne Moncovich and Andrew Barron for their time and effort on behalf of Carolina Amateur Hockey Association.

Congratulations to Doug and Rick and thank you to all the candidates for expressing their interest and desire to improve and grow ice hockey in the Carolinas. Doug, Rick and new South Carolina Director Jay Ogden will begin their Director terms at the CAHA Annual Meeting to be held this summer.


2015 Boys Prospect Tryouts

The 2015 Boys Prospect Tryouts were held April 10-12, 2015 at the Extreme Ice Center located in Indian Trail, North Carolina.

Tryouts were open to all male U.S. citizens born in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001, who are legal residents of North Carolina or South Carolina.

The 1998, 1999 and 2000 players selected during the affiliate tryouts will advance to the Southeastern District Festival. The Southeastern District Festival selects players to attend the USA Hockey National Camps and Festivals held during the summer. Twenty (20) 2001 birth year players, 2 Goalies, 12 Forwards and 6 Defensemen, selected from the Affiliate tryout to advance to the Southeastern District 14 Camp held annually during the summer. 

2015 Boys Prospect Tryout Selections


CAHA Girls Clinic with Olympian Julie Chu


New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages

The NHL analytics team uses tracking technology to compare cross-ice to full-ice for 8U players

A cutting-edge NHL analytics team put the test to youth hockey for the first time ever, comparing cross-ice hockey to full-ice hockey. Watch this video and see what you think.


CAHA Championship Tournaments

The CAHA Championship Tournaments are the qualifying tournaments to advance teams to the Southeastern District Tier I Tournament, Southeastern District Tier II Pee Wee Tournament and the USA Hockey National Championships. Click the link below for the game schedule.

Championship Schedule, Scores and Standing - All Levels

Congratulations to CAHA Champions advancing to the Southeastern District Championship:

Tier II Pee Wee
Pineville Falcons (CAHA #1) - Champions
Charleston Jr. Stingrays (CAHA #2) - Runner Up
Tier I Bantam
Carolina Jr. Hurricanes
Tier I Midget U16
Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

Congratulations to our North Carolina Tier II champions advancing to the USA Hockey National Championship:

NC Tier II Bantam
Carolina Stars
NC Tier II Midget U16
Carolina Lightning
NC Tier II Midget U18
Charlotte Jr. Checkers


USA Hockey Annual Guide

Each year, USA Hockey publishes its Annual Guide, which details the organization's administrative structure, programs and philosophy, bylaws, rules and regulations and much more.

Official Rules of Ice Hockey

The Official Playing Rules provides consistency for all participants, to ensure a safe and positive playing environment while continuing to focus on skill development and enjoyment of the sport.


Mobile Rulebook

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