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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.


Visit to CAHA by USA Hockey ADM Director Scott Paluch

The Carolina Amateur Hockey Affiliate has arranged a visit by USA Hockey ADM Director Scott Paluch at several locations throughout the affiliate.  There will be a presentation at each location by Scott describing the benefits of the American Development Model (ADM), how coaches can implement and what parents can expect.  

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Charleston Ice Palace
7665 Northwoods Boulevard
North Charleston, SC 29406

  • 12-1 PM - Girls clinic
  • 2-3 PM - ADM coaches clinic by Scott Paluch
  • 4-5 PM - ADM practice with Scott Paluch for Charleston players and coaches

Sunday, October 11, 2015
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27607

  • 2 -3:30 PM ADM Coaches clinic with Scott Paluch

Monday, October 12, 2015
Greensboro Ice House

6119 Landmark Center Blvd.
Greensboro, NC 27407

  • Squirts - 5:40-6:30 PM
  • Midget 16U - 6:40-7:40 PM
  • Coaches ADM Meeting - 7:30-8:30 PM - Party Room

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 and Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Extreme Ice Center
4705 Indian Trail Fairview Rd
Indian Trail, NC 28079

Tuesday, October 13

  • Squirts - 5:30 to 6:00 PM - Off Ice
  • Squirts - 6:20 to 7:20 PM - On Ice
  • Squirt Coaches Meeting - 7:30 to 8:00 PM - Banquet Room
  • PeeWee - 6:40 to 7:10 PM - Off Ice
  • PeeWee - 7:30 to 8:30 PM - On Ice
  • PeeWee Coaches Meeting - 8:45 to 9:15 PM - Banquet Room 

Wednesday, October 14

  • Mite Coaches & Parent Presentation
  • 6:45 PM Mini Mite Presentation - Banquet Room
  • 8:00 PM Mite Presentation - Banquet Room 

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



October Girls' and Women's Events

Girls’/Women's Skill Clinic, Women's Cross-Ice Game & Girls'/Women's Try Hockey for Free Event

The Carolina Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) invites you to participate in Girls' and Women's Hockey Events on October 10, 2015 that will be held at the Charleston Ice Palace, Charleston, SC. These CAHA sponsored events are being offered free of charge and are open to any female hockey player that has interest in attending. National USA Hockey Staff will also be on hand assisting with activities throughout the day.  All skill levels are welcome and remember to bring a Friend or lots of Friends to the Try Hockey For Free Event. Some equipment will be available for use by new players during Try Hockey for Free or have them bring a bike helmet and gloves!

​A USA Hockey registration confirmation number is required to register for this event. Don't know your registration confirmation number? Click here to request a duplicate registration confirmation.

Online Registration – The clinics are free of charge but we do ask that each skill/scrimmage participant register online to help ensure we have an adequate number of coaches available for the sessions.  

The schedule for the Charleston clinic on Saturday, October 10, 2015 is as follows:

  • 11:15 - 11:45 am, Registration
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm, On-ice Skill Session
  • 1:30 - 2:00 pm, Off-ice Shooting and Puck Handling
  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Off-ice Session (speed, agility, strength training)
  • 4:15 - 4:45 pm, Afternoon Session Registration/Check-in
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Girls'/Women's Try Hockey for Free - Bring a Friend Event
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm Girls'/Women's Cross-ice Games

Please also watch for information on the upcoming Raleigh Girls'/Women's Clinic being held at the PNC Arena on Sunday, October 11, 2015.  

The Charleston Ice Palace address is: 7665 Northwoods Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29406

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the clinics.

Questions? Please contact:
Paul Fidishun
Carolina Amateur Hockey Association
Girls' and Women's Committee Chair


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