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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.


CEP Clinic Dates Announced

Carolina Amateur Hockey Association is pleased to announce Coaching Education Program Clinic dates for the 2015-2016 season. If you are coaching this season, please check with your local association to determine if a clinic is necessary. As a reminder, if your CEP Level is expired or is expiring on December 31, 2015, you must attend a clinic or recertify your Level 3 (if eligible) by December 31, 2015.

The Level 4 Clinic will be held September 26-27 in Raleigh, NC and is open to all coaches who hold a current or expired Level 3 certification. Coaches of national tournament bound teams (Youth Tier I 14U, 16U and 18U; Youth Tier II 16U and 18U; Girls Tier I 14U, 16U and 19U; Girls Tier II 16U and 19U) must complete Level 4 in their fourth season of coaching, or first season of eligibility, regardless of their expiration date. All other coaches must complete Level 4 in their ninth season of coaching (Youth and Girls Tier I 12U and below; Youth and Girls Tier II 14U and below; and all Travel, Recreational or House). There is one Level 4 Clinic held in CAHA each year. If you need to certify at Level 4 and miss this clinic it will be necessary to travel outside of the Affiliate to obtain your certification. Level 4 does not expire -- coaches who attain Level 4 are not required to attend any further certification clinics.

To register for a clinic visit:

Questions?  Please contact:
Ed Morris, Associate Coach-in-Chief


August 28-29, 2015
Charlotte, NC
Levels 1, 2, 3

September 26-27, 2015
Raleigh, NC
Levels 1, 2, 3, 4

October 3, 2015
Hillsborough, NC
Level 2

October 4, 2015
Fort Bragg, NC
Level 1

October 17-18, 2015
Charleston, SC
Levels 1, 3

November 7-8, 2015
Raleigh, NC 
Levels 1, 2, 3

December 5, 2015
Wilmington, NC
Level 2


CAHA and Canes Team up to host Adult Skills Clinic

It not just the pros heading to camp this fall to get ready for the next season, you can too!  CAHA has teamed up with the Canes to host a weekend mini-camp just for Adult hockey players September 18th through the 20th at the PNC Arena, home of the Carolina Hurricanes.  This is an exclusive offer to USA Hockey Adult members so make sure to sign up now as space is limited!

Register at


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 most significant change is 8 year old players are no longer allowed to move up to Squirt travel teams.

Please visit the Play Up Policy webpage for full information on recent changes, articles and educational material on long term athlete development.

Play Up Policy - Adopted May 2015


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.


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

The USA Hockey Mobile Rulebook is the digital version of the current USA Hockey Rulebook. Use the search bar or click on 'Sections' to navigate the vast hockey resources including rules, descriptions, casebook examples and videos. All content can be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Click here to access the Mobile Rulebook